500GB Portable (2.5-inch) HDD Shootout

Test Setup

Test Setup

All the drives in this review were tested using the following system configuration. Take note that we tested the Verbatim drive with the USB Turbo Speed drivers installed for all tests.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86GHz)
  • MSI 975X PowerUp Edition (Intel 975X Express chipset)
  • 2GB DDR2-667 RAM
  • XpertVision GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB (ForceWare 186.18)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1


Since these are external personal storage drives for backup and transition purposes, we didn't stress test them as much as we would have done so with local internal storage drive and NAS drives. As such we ran a reduced benchmark workload as listed below.

  • CrystalMark 2004R3
  • PCMark Vantage
  • HD Tune Pro 3.5
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