The Verbatim Portable Hard Drive is a lightweight USB 2.0 external storage device with a scratch-resistant plastic chassis.

Although the curved silver plastic finish isn’t the most expensive looking design, we liked its looks and found the Verbatim Portable Hard Drive pleasingly robust.

Power is supplied to the Verbatim Portable Hard Drive via a single mini USB 2.0 port at the top of the drive. However, you only know for sure that the drive is successfully installed by consulting the status bubble that pops up on your desktop – the drive itself has no lights to indicate it’s in use.

After a while, you notice a secondary sign that the Verbatim Portable Hard Drive is operational: it gets a little warm.

The Verbatim Portable Hard Drive is a quiet drive too and its test results show it goes about its efficiently, with a spindle spin speed of 5,400rpm.

There’s little about the Verbatim Portable Hard Drive to distinguish it from the pack, however. Content can be dragged and dropped to and from a laptop or PC to the drive, but there’s no winning software interface to help you manage your multi-gigabyte archive.

Nero’s BackItUp 2 Essentials software is part of the Verbatim Portable Hard Drive setup. This takes just a minute or two to install and covers the basics of creating a new archive or restoring one should you be unfortunate enough to find yourself with a corrupt drive. There are friendlier-looking programs out there than this one, but it works well enough.

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