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Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link

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Product Highlights
  • A/V Optimized
  • Portable Drive with 500 GB Storage
  • Compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0
  • Data Transfer Accelerator
  • In-Built Password Protection Software
  • Windows and Mac Compatible

The 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link from Sony is an A/V optimized, secure and reliable device that allows you to back up, store and transport important files, digital images, MP3s and videos. With the supplied USB cable, you can view stored content directly on a compatible TV and also back up photos and videos directly from a compatible Handycam without a PC.

The hard drive is optimized for A/V devices; you can easily view stored videos and photos directly on your compatible TV. Use the supplied USB cable (Direct Copy) to back up videos and photos directly from your compatible Handycam camcorder without the need for a PC. It works with select Sony Blu-ray Disc TM and PlayStation3 (PS3TM) systems to play back content on your TV. Direct Copy requires a compatible Handycam camcorder and AC power for the camcorder.
It features a sleek, contemporary casing and a USB 3.0 interface. Furthermore, it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
It is equipped with preloaded software that delivers up to 3x faster data transfer*, password protection and easy data backup.** 1
Can be used to back up, store and transport your important files, digital images, MP3s and videos. The hard drive is compatible with Windows and Mac. New apps are delivered to you automatically.
Performance
Capacity 500GB (usable capacity 465 GB)
Form Factor 2.5" (6.35 cm)
Port Types USB 3.0 Micro-B connector
Interface USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
File System FAT32
Sustained Transfer Rate USB 3.0: 5 Gbps (max)
USB 2.0: 480 Mbps (max)
Power
Power Consumption 4.5 W (max)
Power Supply DC 5V (USB bus powered)
Temperature & Humidity
Operating Temperature 41 to 104oF (5 to 40oC) (non-condensing)
Storage Temperature -4 to 140oF (-20 to 60oC)
General
Supported OS Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit); Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit); Windows XP (32-bit); Mac OS X 10.4 or later (Mac OS supports only USB 2.0)
Color Black
Dimensions (HxD) 7.38 x 5.38" (18.74 x 13.66 cm)
Weight 12 oz (340.19 g)
Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link
  • VMC-UAM2 USB Adapter Cable
  • USB Adaptor Cable for Handycam (Direct Copy)
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Sony500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link
     
    4.3

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast connection (7)
    • Durable (5)
    • Quiet (5)
    • Reliable (5)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (11)
      • Multimedia (6)
      • Laptops (5)
      • Large projects (3)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (6), Tech professional (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (9)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (9), Mac (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      perfect for me

      I bought this model because it was on sale and it came formatted in FAT32. With FAT32 I was able to copy all of my media from my mac AND my pc and play...Read complete review

      I bought this model because it was on sale and it came formatted in FAT32. With FAT32 I was able to copy all of my media from my mac AND my pc and play it through my tv (via my roommate's Xbox360).
      It's held up great so far.
      The only thing I'm worried about is that it's so thin it feels like it'll be a goner if I ever drop it. I recommend getting a case for it!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      High expectation low results

      I bought this drive thinking I could hook it up to my new Sony 802w 55" TV and Save TV shows. However, after about 5 calls to Sony I learned that this...Read complete review

      I bought this drive thinking I could hook it up to my new Sony 802w 55" TV and Save TV shows. However, after about 5 calls to Sony I learned that this is not an option with this TV. So I went to my backup plan to use it to download pictures from my canon Vixia digital video camcorder. After 5 calls to Sony I learned that the mini USB data cable SONY supplies does not work with my camcorder. Thus I ended up very frustrated by this drive. I have yet to get a cable that will work but fear it will be an added expense I did not plan on. Also I fear this drive won't work with my Mac as it says the software on it will only work with windows.

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      4.0

      Great little external

      By Sundro

      from Colorado

      Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

      Works good! Fast and so far, no problems.

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      4.0

      Perfect storage ..perfect size

      By Ligolfer47

      from Ny

      Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

      Easy to use device that cleans up the hard drive on your laptop and doesn't clutter up the house. So compact you can put anywhere Easy self install software. Just plug in and go. Wonderful.

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      5.0

      Woo hoo it works !

      By Sour Dog

      from WA

      About Me Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Laptops
        • Large Projects

        Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

        Nice package,good price,easy to use.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Great device for my needs

        By teslaboy

        from missoula, mt

        About Me Semi-tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Performs As Expected
        • Quick Easy To Setup

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

          I use this product to password protect some large files that I often work with. The password program is very easy to use.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          It's Sony, what more can I say!

          By Johnny

          from Orlando, Florida

          About Me Tech Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast Connectivity
          • Quiet
          • Reliable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Laptops
            • Large Projects
            • Multimedia
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

            Beautiful & easy to use! Sony = Quality

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            Great hard drive for a smart TV

            By Burkeam

            from NW OH

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Connectivity
            • Price
            • Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

              Until now I had to use USB memory sticks on my TV. Now everything is on the hard drive and plugs n play with my Sony TV. Other USB Hard drive would not be recognized even with the FAT32 format. Loved it so much I bought a 2nd for a friend.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Great case for transporting

              By September

              from Belpre, OH

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Multimedia
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

                I was looking for a compact portable hard drive that was sturdier than a flash drive. I wanted a decent amount of storage but I did not need it to be huge. I like that it is 3.0 but also has 2.0 compatibility.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                4.0

                Good product for good price.

                By TMCK

                from Oak Harbor, WA

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

                Use to organize my photos. Lots of space but software is a little outdated.

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                4.0

                As expected

                By Dan

                from Carson City, NV

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

                    Well made, looks very nice. Works as described.

                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    Really good

                    By Dani

                    from Recife, Brazil

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast Connectivity

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup

                      Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

                      Very easy to use. It was the best price!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Very cute and excellent performer

                      By RYH

                      from Silver Spring, Maryland

                      About Me Tech Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Connectivity
                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Laptops
                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

                        My primary use is for audio and video input and playing on my Sony google TV.
                        Transfer Mpeg4 files from my camera and play them on TV with USB connection.
                        Also download video clips from Internet and see on TV.. It is useful for fast USB 3.0 transfer of data for quick backup.
                        So far I like it very much.

                        Only down side is that it works only with Sony provided USB cable.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Gets the job done!

                        By Carly the student

                        from Columbia MO

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast Connectivity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Laptops

                          Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

                          I use this as my time machine back up for my Mac. It's been super reliable and easy to carry. Warning says it will get very hot when in use, but so far after working for over 4 hours, it is still pretty cool. Great as a back-up drive.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          Great Harddrive

                          By VSC

                          from Texas

                          About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged, Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast Connectivity
                          • Quiet
                          • Reliable
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Large Projects
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

                            Excellent for my work at as journalist, fast transfer rate. Plus it's excellent that it has an AV cord to play straight from my TV!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

                            Share this review

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            High expectation low results

                            By Barry

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Tech Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Not Sure

                            Cons

                            • Poor Versatility

                            Best Uses

                            • Paper Weight

                            Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

                            I bought this drive thinking I could hook it up to my new Sony 802w 55" TV and Save TV shows. However, after about 5 calls to Sony I learned that this is not an option with this TV. So I went to my backup plan to use it to download pictures from my canon Vixia digital video camcorder. After 5 calls to Sony I learned that the mini USB data cable SONY supplies does not work with my camcorder. Thus I ended up very frustrated by this drive. I have yet to get a cable that will work but fear it will be an added expense I did not plan on. Also I fear this drive won't work with my Mac as it says the software on it will only work with windows.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

                            Share this review

                             
                            5.0

                            perfect for me

                            By wings111124

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast Connectivity
                            • Quiet
                            • Reliable
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Laptops
                              • Multimedia
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Sony 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Disk Drive with A/V Link:

                              I bought this model because it was on sale and it came formatted in FAT32. With FAT32 I was able to copy all of my media from my mac AND my pc and play it through my tv (via my roommate's Xbox360).
                              It's held up great so far.
                              The only thing I'm worried about is that it's so thin it feels like it'll be a goner if I ever drop it. I recommend getting a case for it!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

                              Share this review

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