HGST, a Western Digital company, recently launched a new line of Touro S external hard drives. The colorful, stylish hard drives delivers two levels of data protection – local backup and cloud storage.
The Touro S drives are available in colorful metallic finishes such as gold, silver, ruby, and platinum. The hard drive sports a thin and stylish design, and features an aluminum enclosure.
At 80mm x 115mm x 12mm (the 500GB one is even thinner), the ultra-portable hard drive is easy to carry around, and would easily fit in a back pocket. It weighs just 151 gms, almost similar to the weight of a smartphone. The 500GB one is of course a few grams lighter. While the hard drive is beautiful, I would’ve liked those tiny rubberized bumpers at the bottom for a firm grip on a desk.
The hard drive is USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatible and features a combination 9-pin Micro-B socket and 5-pin Micro-B socket. The bundled cable is short and rather stiff, although the former is the case with all hard drives in the market. While it works well mostly, sometimes while using it on an uneven bed or in a moving car, the hard drive disconnects.
HGST claims that the 7,200 RPM hard drive moves files up to 23 percent faster than standard 5,400 RPM drives. In my experience, it’s not an exaggerated claim. The data transfer rate on USB 3.0 is up to 5 Gbit/sec while on USB 2.0, it is up to 480 Mbit/sec.
In addition to the local storage, every Touro S customer also receives 3GB of Touro Cloud Backup for free. While you could access your files in their natural formats via any Web browser and share them with others, it’s not much of a deal since most users these days have their cloud storage sorted out with OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, et al.
While 3GB is similar or less than what most of these services offer for free, of course, a quick backup account doesn’t hurt. Touro Cloud Storage also allows users to upgrade to 250GB for $59 per year.
The Touro S includes a bundled local backup software. The application runs every 30 minutes, automatically backing up photos, music, videos, and documents from a computer directly to the drive. The hard drive is Mac and PC compatible, although the backup software is not available for WindowsRT.
If you upgrade Touro Cloud Storage, you’d also get access to the company’s apps for iPhone and iPad. No love for Android and Windows Phone devices though.
The Touro S are great ultra-portable and stylish hard drives. Available in two variants – 500 GB and 1TB – and in multiple colors, the drives combine form with function quite well. Apart from a couple of mishits here and there, the drives are a great buy and they pack in two-year limited warranty.