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SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable 2.5 Inch Hard Drive

Author:  Kali DeArmit
Date:  2008.03.04
Topic:  Storage
Provider:  SimpleTech
Manufacturer:  SimpleTech

SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable 2.5 Inch Hard Drive



Recently SimpleTech asked us to review their 160GB SimpleDrive. The 160GB SimpleDrive is the predecessor of their recently released Signature Mini drives. Each one of the drives comes in a different size, and these sizes are as follows:

  • Black - 120GB
  • Red - 160GB
  • Silver - 250GB
  • Blue - 320GB

SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive

As you can see the drives are color coordinated to the storage size with the Blue drive being the largest currently offered.

SimpleTech's Take:

"Designed by Pininfarina, the very same design firm that gives Ferrari sports cars their stylish lines, SimpleDrive Portable hard drive is the easiest way to add fast, reliable storage to any desktop, laptop or notebook computer. With USB 2.0 setup is a snap and data transfer speeds up to 480Mb/second. StorageSync automatic backup software makes full or incremental backups fast and easy every time. And every SimpleDrive Portable hard drive comes with a free 2GB account on so you can store, manage, and share your media online."


What's in the box?

SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable Hard DriveSimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive

  • 2.5" IDE External Hard Disk Drive in Case
  • USB Power "Y" Cable/Extension Cable
  • StorageSync Software CD (Windows Only)
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Free 2GB account for managing and sharing your data
  • 3-Year Warranty
SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive
SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive
SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive



  • Slim, compact & stylish (designed by Pininfarina)
  • Ruggedized for travel
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • 5400 RPM with 8Mb buffer (cache)
  • One-Click™ StorageSync™ backup software (Windows only)
  • No external power required
  • Plug n' Play simplicity
  • Free and unlimited technical support
  • 3-Year warranty


SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive

  1. Performance:
    • USB 2.0 provides up to 480 Mb/sec data transfer rate
    • 5400 RPM
    • 8Mb Buffer (cache)
  2. Interface:
    • One External "B" 4-pin (Hi-Speed USB 2.0/1.1) Receptacle
    • (Transfer Rates up to 480 Mb/sec)
  3. Dimensions:
    • 3.0” (W) x 5.0” (L) x 0.625” (H)
  4. System Requirements:
    • Macintosh
    • Available Port: USB 1.1/2.0
    • Mac OS v9.2 or later; built for Mac OS X
    • Windows
    • Available Port: USB 1.1/2.0
    • Windows 2000/XP/Vista

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