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SimpleTech [Re]Drive -

Author:  William Halstead
Date:  2009.01.30
Topic:  Storage
Provider:  SimpleTech
Manufacturer:  SimpleTech

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SimpleTech is no stranger to external storage, and our previous experience with them has been positive. Continuing their trend of fast drives in unusual enclosures, SimpleTech has brought us the [re]drive, a 3.5" external drive with an ecological focus. Housed in a mixture of aluminum and bamboo, this drive will certainly catch people's attention at a LAN party, though not for the usual "bling" reasons. Let's give this drive a spin, and see if it's time to knock on wood.

SimpleTech redrive

Features & Specifications

Here follows a list of features provided at SimpleTech's website, along with commentary:

Energy-efficient external hard drive uses less power

An external drive will certainly reduce the load on your system's PSU; especially the 3.3v and 5v rails, which tend to get less juice than the 12v rails.

Eco-friendly ingredients and packaging

Translation: "We used cardboard instead of plastic."

Automatically powers on or off with your computer

A nice touch, though it doesn't quite excuse the lack of a manual power switch.

Simple plug n play add-on storage

Uses the USB Mass Storage driver by default, so there's no fumbling for a driver disc.

Turbo USB 2.0* interface, up to 25% faster than USB 2.0

A bit of proprietary software included for the Windows side of things, we'll see if it makes a difference.

Also compatible with USB 2.0, 1.1

Translation: "We followed the USB spec." Certainly better than the alternative, but hardly noteworthy.

Award-winning Fabrik backup software, including 2GB free online backup

"Award winning" is a weasel term, it's easy enough to give yourself awards. 2GB of online backup space seems a bit un-needed, given that you've just purchased 500gb of local backup.

Friendly, free unlimited technical support

Translation: "We won't charge you for support calls like Microsoft."

PC and Mac compatible

Again, par for the course.

One-year warranty

Nothing unusual here.


A list of detailed specifications is curiously absent from SimpleTech's website; instead we get this under Product Details:

  • Part number: R500U
  • UPC: 705487176681
  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Apparently, they don't want to overwhelm their customers with silly details like transfer rates, safe operating temperatures, or MTBF. No worries, we'll give you a look under the hood shortly with our test benchmarks and results.


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