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Rocstor ROCPRO 900e Desktop Portable External Hard Drive

 Specifications and What is Included in the Box

Technical Specifications

capacity: 1TB 2TB 3TB 4TB
part numbers: Rocpro 900e Silver
Rocpro 900e Black
Rocpro 900e Red
G269P2-01
G269P2-B1
G269P2-R1
G269S2-01
G269S2-B1
G269S2-R1
G269N2-01
G269N2-B1
G269N2-R1
G269Q2-01
G269Q2-B1
G269Q2-R1
rotational speed: Up to 7200 rpm
interface: USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) 2x FireWire 800 (FW400 with optional cable or small adaptor) and eSATA
transfer rate: USB 3.0 up to 5,000Mbit/s, (USB 2.0 up to 480Mbit/s,)  FireWire 800 up to 800Mbit/s (FireWire 400 up to 400Mbit/s) and eSATA up to 3,000Mbit/s
connectors: USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0) and 2x FireWire 800 (compatible with FireWire 400 with optional cable) eSATA and AC input plug
dimensions(HxWxD): ~8.7 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches, or ~22.0 x 14.7 x 4.1 cm
weight: ~3.4 Lbs (~1.5 Kg) (with hard drive installed)
color: Silver, Black, and Hot Red
system requirements: Mac or PC computers USB 3.0 (or USB 2.0) or FireWire 800 (or FireWire400) port(s)
Mac: PowerPC or Intel Core Duo processor
PC: 266Mhz or faster Intel or equivalent processor
OS requirements: Mac: PowerPC or Intel processor running Mac OS 9, X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion
PC: Microsoft® Windows 2000, Me, XP, Vista, Windows 7 – 8
recommended memory: 512MB RAM
power requirements: Built-in Power Supply (220-110V) Direct connection to electricity (No Adapters required)
warranty: 2 year limited warranty
2 year unlimited toll-free telephone tech support
contents: ROCPRO 900e External hard disk drive
Carrying case
Quick installation manual
USB cable
FireWire 800 Cable
Standard Power Cable (North America otherwise stated)

I’m not particularly a big fan of specification tables as I think of them as space filler by review sites that can’t come up with real content. In this case though it is important only in that we are using it to point out a few facts you will want to consider. First the drive is marketed as “Portable”, it says so on the box and in the product name. Realize however, that the drive is 3.4 lbs and requires a power cable from a standard PSU (Power Supply Unit) to operate. That’s a lot to lug around for a portable drive. There are similar capacity units in 2.5 form factors that weigh far less. In fairness though the competition lacks the variety of interfaces found on the ROCPRO 900e.  Second the ROCPRO 900e is available up to 4TB which is a LOT of storage to make available for a single drive solution. Lastly the ROCPRO 900e supports just about every OS you will run into including the new Windows 8. Funny enough the ROCPRO 900e does not show support for Linux, sorry Penguin users are possibly out of luck here. Anyone running Linux with a 900e we welcome your feedback on if this drive works for you.

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Design

The ROCPRO is designed with an all aluminum enclosure and heat vents running along the sides. While this design should work fine for dissipation of heat it should be noted that no active movement of air is provided and the design is passive. I.E. There is no fan in this enclosure. We had no issues with the ROCPRO 900e getting hot or even warm during extended use. The indicator light at the front flashes green (Would really have preferred blue but this is personal preference) during HD activity.

Under the Hood

When we popped the top off the ROCPRO 900e we found a Seagate 1.0 TB drive. Rocstor products are available online in refurbished condition as well. This means that you may get a storage device with a refurbished hard drive or other components in it.  While this may save you some cash we cannot recommend refurbished hard drives for any serious storage needs.

We like that Rocstor uses Seagate drives for reliable storage and while our device came with a Certified Re-manufactured HDD, all products purchased from Rocstor as new will come with a new hard drive. This has been confirmed by Rocstor’s PR rep.

Special Features:

  • Desktop and/or Portable external storage drive
  • Aluminum casing
  • Built-in Power Supply
  • Carrying Case included
  • Incorporates SATA Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 (2.0), 2x FireWire 800 and eSATA connections
  • Speeds up to 5,000 Megabytes per second
  • Enhanced with shock-Absorbents mechanism
  • Compatible with both Windows® and Macintosh® environments
  • Power: Auto-Switchable 240VA/100VA International use
  • Direct (AC) plug into electricity (no bulky adaptor required)
  • Includes all necessary cables

Specifications:
Capacities: 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB
Rotational Speed: up to7200 rpm
Interface: Supper Speed USB 3.0 (2.0 Compatible,) FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 compatible via a standard FW800 to FW400 (9pin to 6pin) cable or adaptor Optional) and eSATA
Transfer Rates: USB 3.0 up to 5,000Mbit/s, (USB 2.0 up to 480Mbit/s,) and FireWire 800 up to 800Mbit/s (FireWire 400 up to 400Mbit/s) and eSATA up to 3,000 Mbits/s
Dimension: ~8.7×5.8×1.6 inches or ~22×14.7×4.1 cm
Weight:  ~ 3.1 Lbs (1.45 Kg) (with hard drive installed)
Color: Silver, Black, and Hot Red

System Requirements:
Mac or PC computers USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 or FireWire 800 or FireWire400 or eSATA port(s)
Apple: PowerPC or Intel processor
PC: 266MHz or faster Intel or equivalent processor
Recommended Memory: 1GB RAM

Operating System requirements:
Apple: Mac OS 9, X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion
PC: Microsoft®, Windows®, 2000, Me, XP, Vista, Windows 7

Power Requirements: Built-in Power Supply (International 220-110V) (No adaptors required)
Direct connection to electricity via a standard (computer) power cable

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