I rate this product as a NOVICE scenario for the buyer and user. I do not know an extreme amount about this kind of item. I know I use them because I was told they would solve my problem of losing data from computer crashes and whatever else happens to cause you to have your computer stop working for you.
This is the second type of Backup Hard Drive I have purchased in the last 3 years.
The first, about 1 1/2 yrs ago, had a larger memory, It was a product that was very user friendly, for someone like myself, as it told me what to do when and why, and I was able to save my data and put it in folders and find the specific data I might need again, easily.
This unit does not do that. It has a smaller memory than the first, but it is also more reasonably priced than the first. Best Buy carries the same one I bought last time but this time I did not have the funds to buy the same thing again, especially since the only reason I was buying another was because I could not find a (THE) cord for the unit. Buying another cord was as much as buying this unit - so obviously this was the smarter purchase. For me anyway.
I am not knowledgeable enough to know if this is better because I can not find the data I put on it. It is there because there is memory missing, but it does not allow me to put, say, John here in this file and Susie here in that file and then leave the rest of the gang in a big folder until I can make smaller folders. (Or maybe it does but I have not figured that out yet.)
I bought this because I was afraid my laptop was going to bite the dust and I wanted to put everything I could somewhere so that "someone" could find it to out it on the next one, should this happen to me.
This unit has the data on it I hope. I did a back up twice thinking I would have 2 files that were each a "backup".
It did not do that. it just (seems) to rewrite over the last save - the new data from the new save.
Not sure that is good, but I must make myself be at peace knowing at least there is some of my data out there somewhere for me to get to - hopefully.