Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro Portable Drive (500GB)
Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro Portable Drive: A 500GB, USB 3.0 drive that offers fast performance for back-ups
- USB 3.0
- Useful back up software
- Cable too short and stiff
- Looks like an iPhone 4
Hitachi's Touro Mobile Pro Portable Drive is a fast 500GB external drive with a 7200rpm spin speed and a USB 3.0 interface. It ships with easy-to-use back up software, which is well suited to anyone who knows they should back up their data but doesn't know where to start.
Price$ 94.50 (AUD)
Hitachi's 500GB Touro Mobile Pro portable USB 3.0 hard drive is unashamedly modelled after the iPhone 4. It looks so much like one that you could probably play a joke on your friends with it from a distance. Once they realise that it's a little bigger than an iPhone 4 and that it doesn't actually have a screen, hilarity may ensue. We only got polite laughs when we tried it, but we're adamant that someone with suitable comedic skills could pull a few legitimate laughs with it.
Anyway, where were we… oh yes, it's a hard drive, not an iPhone 4. There is not much to this drive: it has a USB 3.0 interface on its bottom end, Hitachi branding on the front and a sticker with its model number on the rear. A blue status light illuminates once you plug the drive in to your computer using the thick, but ultimately too short USB 3.0 cable that ships with it. The cable is only around 40cm long and hard to manoeuvre. The drive doesn't require a separate power connection — it gets all its power from the USB port.
Techworld Australia secure storage reviews
- Group test: Encrypted external hard drive reviews
- Data Locker Enterprise review
- Data Locker DL3 encrypted hard drive review
- Eclypt Freedom 320GB review
- iStorage diskGenie review
- CMS ABSplus with Data Guard hard drive review
- CMS ABSplus FDE hard drive review
On the inside, the Touro Pro has a 500GB hard drive with a spin speed of 7200rpm. It has a formatted capacity of 465GB, which, considering the drive's recommended retail price of $94.50, equates to a cost per gigabyte of 18.9 cents. This is cheaper than similar USB 3.0 portable drives we've seen, such as the Imoega eGo. However, as this is a recommended retail price, you might be able to find it cheaper if you shop around. For example, some 500GB USB 3.0 drives (such as Samsung's S2) can be found for less than $80.
The reason for the Touro drive's Pro designation is to do with the back up software that Hitachi ships with the drive, which is called, funnily enough, Hitachi Backup. This software is present on the drive itself and it's available for both Windows and Mac users. The software is very basic and it's set to back up everything in your user account folder by default (although you can specify which folders should be backed up, too). To start backing up your data, all you have to do is make sure the Hitachi is selected as the back-up location and flip the software's 'on switch'.
Once the back up process is switched on, it will start backing up all your files immediately in the background while you work. The time it takes to back up your data will depend on the amount of data and the type of data (small or large files) you have in the folder that you're backing up. Rest assured though, however much data you have, backing it up via USB 3.0 is a lot faster than backing it up via USB 2.0. If your computer has a USB 3.0 port, then the Hitachi is well recommended. In our test scenario using a typical laptop with a 7200rpm hard drive installed, the drive backed up our Windows 7 user folder, containing 44GB worth of files, in around 14min, which equates to a rate of 56.42 megabytes per second.
The software is set to automatically back up your specified folders every half an hour by default, but the frequency of the back up can be made daily instead and you can specify the time it should start. If the Touro is not plugged in and a scheduled back up is missed, then the back up will occur at the next scheduled time. The back up is not encrypted and it can easily be accessed by navigating through the Hitachi Backup folder on the hard drive.
A cloud back up feature is also available. Hitachi gives you 3GB of free space for this and you can specify which folders should be included, what size files should be included, and also how much bandwidth the upload should use. The cloud storage can be upgraded to 250GB for a fee of US$49.
The drive's read and write performance turned out to be very good overall. In our tests using a laptop with a fast solid state drive, the Hitachi was able to write small files from it at a rate of 59.39MBps and read them to it at a rate of 85.21MBps. Large files were written by the Hitachi at a rate of 71.25MBps and read at a rate of 100MBps, which is excellent.
If you're in the market for a new portable USB 3.0 drive, the Hitachi is well worth considering — and even if you're not in the market, you can never have too many portable hard drives lying around. It's fast and it comes with easy-to-use back up software. If you want a drive without the back up software, then the 500GB Touro Mobile Drive is available for just $84.95. If you want a desktop drive, then the Touro Desk Pro is available for $104 (1TB version).
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google WiFi review
- 2 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
- 3 Huawei GR5 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Sony Xperia XZ Premium phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Blackberry KEYone phone: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Intel's Core i9 and X299 enable crazy RAID configurations for a price
- HPE is bringing Optane storage to Unix servers
- These new super fast Intel SSDs provide a bridge to Optane
- Prices of SSDs and DRAM will crash in 2019, Gartner predicts
- Pure adds more NVMe with an eye to the next storage speed bump
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- Linksys Velop mesh WiFi review
- D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- Google WiFi review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSales / Account ManagerOther
- CCSupport Analyst - Part timeQLD
- CCGuidewire Business AnalystQLD
- FTData ModellerACT
- CCOSS Project ManagerNSW
- FTProgram / Portfolio Management ConsultantSA
- FTTest Manager - Applications - NSW GovernmentOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - BI, Analytics & Big DataOther
- FTSenior Business ConsultantOther
- FTIT Support AnalystNSW
- CCBusiness Systems AnalystQLD
- CCRobotics Automation Designer (Pega) - Contract - Financial Services - SydneyNSW
- CCIT/OT Solution ArchitectQLD
- FTSolution LeadWA
- FTProduct/Project Coordinator-AGILE/SCRUMOther
- FTSearch Engine Optimisation SpecialistWA
- FTL&D Consultant - Wealth ManagementOther
- FTSenior Agile ConsultantOther
- CCBusiness Systems AnalystQLD
- TPFunctional Analyst x 3VIC
- TPBI ConsultantNSW
- FTLevel 3- Production Support Team LeaderACT
- CCTechnical WriterACT
- TPWin10 Deployment OfficerQLD
- FTLAMP Stack Developer/ PHP DeveloperOther