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IomegaeGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB)
 
4.3

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (19)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Large capacity / good size (18)
  • Attractive (17)
  • Compact (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Additional storage (17)
  • Back-up (15)
  • File transfer (11)
  • Photo storage (10)
  • Video (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (12), Casual user (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (16), Business (5)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (16), PC (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small and Stylish

I use it with Time Machine on a Mac Book Pro.

I use it with Time Machine on a Mac Book Pro.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Annoying noises; device removal warnings

I bought this 1 TB drive to replace an older iomega 160 GB (RPHD-U) external drive. I use this drive primarily as a backup for photos. I bought the new 1 TB iomega...Read complete review

I bought this 1 TB drive to replace an older iomega 160 GB (RPHD-U) external drive. I use this drive primarily as a backup for photos. I bought the new 1 TB iomega since the older 160 GB iomega is great, but just not enough capacity anymore.

I originally intended to leave this 1 TB drive connected to my iMac at all times, but the annoying and random "ssshlick" noise the drive produces is disconcerting and so I only connect the drive when necessary to make backups.

Also, I occasionally get device removal warnings. Possibly a loose USB connection? This never happens with my older iomega 160 GB, and it doesn't seem to be the USB cable.

The 1 TB drive IS quieter SPINNING than my older iomega (it seems better balanced), but the random and annoying "ssshlick" sound makes this drive a 1-star rating. This is not a loud noise, but is very annoying and not present in my older iomega drive.

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1.0

Annoying noises; device removal warnings

By JP

from Boston, MA

About Me Casual user

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Compact
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy to use
  • High Capacity
  • Portable

Cons

  • Noisy

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Photo Storage

Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

I bought this 1 TB drive to replace an older iomega 160 GB (RPHD-U) external drive. I use this drive primarily as a backup for photos. I bought the new 1 TB iomega since the older 160 GB iomega is great, but just not enough capacity anymore.

I originally intended to leave this 1 TB drive connected to my iMac at all times, but the annoying and random "ssshlick" noise the drive produces is disconcerting and so I only connect the drive when necessary to make backups.

Also, I occasionally get device removal warnings. Possibly a loose USB connection? This never happens with my older iomega 160 GB, and it doesn't seem to be the USB cable.

The 1 TB drive IS quieter SPINNING than my older iomega (it seems better balanced), but the random and annoying "ssshlick" sound makes this drive a 1-star rating. This is not a loud noise, but is very annoying and not present in my older iomega drive.

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

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2.0

Name is no insurance

By Marco

from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

About Me Power user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Compact
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy to use
  • High Capacity
  • Portable
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Backup

Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

I didnt blink twice before acquiring this hard drive from Iomega, because I live very far away and couldnt bet my money on surprises. So I relied in my previous Iomega experiences with robust hardware and longterm functioning. Indeed this hard drive worked just fine with my seven-year-old Dell notebook running WinXP, but the second computer I connected it into (Win XP, corporate desktop) just wouldnt recognize it. You can only hear a sound that maybe is the disk starting to run, again and again... forever. In the third computer, a newly acquired Acer netbook running Win 7, the same sound repeats 2 or 3 times before the hard disk will run. Result: I just dont feel like its a good idea to rely on it for ONE TERABITE of important information...

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

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3.0

nice cheaper version of their better hdd

By Mark

from Providence, RI

About Me Power user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Compact
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy to use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • File Transfer

    Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

    I purchased this hdd by mistake. I meant to order the Iomega Helium and didn't catch the eGo designation with this hdd. It is a decent drive. Very lightweight. I do think the hardware encryption and aluminum case of the Helium makes it worth the extra price over this eGo Helium.

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

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    4.0

    A job saver!

    By J Video

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • Video

      Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

      As I was finishing up a major project, my external hard drive starting acting up - making funny noises, ejecting itself - and I really needed to have something fast. This little iOmega came just in time! It's fast and quiet with a sleek design. Whew!

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Fully satisfied. Plug and play. No setup

      By David

      from Chicago

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup

        Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

        I used the Mac-specific disk for backing up files from my internal hard drive. It is inadudible, and has twice survived a 18-in fall to a hard surface (as expected from manufacturer specs). The transfer speed meets my needs. Well worth the price. It requires use of only one USB port, unlike some portable HDs that require us of two ports.

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

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        5.0

        I'm so happy I bought it

        By Manoley

        from Chiapas, México

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • File Transfer
          • Photo Storage
          • Video

          Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

          I use this product to transfer files from and to my laptop and desktop computer and because of it's size and the fact that doesn't need an AC cord, it makes it great! I just love it!! Besides, it matches my laptop color

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

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          5.0

          eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive-The Best

          By Viking

          from Itasca, IL

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • Great price
          • Great product
          • High Capacity
          • Portable
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • File Transfer

            Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

            Having had several of these units and NEVER have had any problems with any of them, I will continue to purchase Iomega portable Hard Drives.

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

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            4.0

            Light and silent

            By Regis Music Tech

            from Sao Paulo, BR

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Not Firewire compatible

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup

            Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

            The product is absolutely light, silent and easy to take. I hope it will last many decades. The only problem was not having a FireWire slot, only USB.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            I would buy it again and again.

            By Brayoh

            from Delaware

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage
              • Video

              Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

              This is a nice portable disk.It has enough space for my kind of work.I do photography and it has the space and portability.I would recommend it,buy it.

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

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              5.0

              Nice small drive to carry loaded musicA

              By Chris

              from Shelbyville, In

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • High Capacity
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage

                Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                A birthday present for my son, to store all his music with him when me travels. very rugged

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

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                5.0

                awesome hard drive

                By misslilskittle

                from Philadelphia, pa

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Portable
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Photo Storage

                  Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                  Im a photography student and i needed a hard drive to hold my images. This is a great hard drive. And the price is even better. Its sooo easy to use. Its soo small and portable.

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

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                  4.0

                  Excellent

                  By tejas

                  from Raleigh, NC

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • File Transfer

                    Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                    I bought this hard drive. Its thin and very easy to use.

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

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                    5.0

                    Nice like one I used to have!

                    By Kiki

                    from West New York, NJ

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                      1TB of space should last me a really long time!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Small and Stylish

                      By Sacandaga Ben

                      from Upstate, NY

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity
                      • Portable
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                          I use it with Time Machine on a Mac Book Pro.

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

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                          3.0

                          Uncertain

                          By Le Review

                          from Savannah, GA

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • Unreliable

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • File Transfer

                          Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                          I love the size and look of the drive. I just upgraded my MacBook to Snow Leopard. When I connected the drive to copy files, after a few minutes, it spontaneously ejected. This happened several times. I ran a disk utility and that seemed to solve the problem, but have been traveling and haven't had a chance to see if that truly solved the problem. I really want to like this drive and want it to work, so I'm hoping that this did the trick.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          I would & may buy more of these HD's

                          By telebutch

                          from none ya

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • File Transfer
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Transportable music

                            Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                            I have my iTunes music on it & take it to work so I don't clog up my work computer.

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

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                            5.0

                            Light and durable

                            By Dian

                            from Guan

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity
                            • Portable
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup
                              • File Transfer
                              • Photo Storage
                              • Video

                              Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                              I like my HD portable and light. This is a helium filled HDD that is very light compare to anyother harddrive. So easy to carry and drop prove. Love it a lot.

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

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                              5.0

                              Great product, would buy it again

                              By Rodi D

                              from Manhattan, NY

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • File Transfer
                                • Photo Storage
                                • Video

                                Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                                Using it with my macbook air. No installation required, just plug it in and go. The disk came mac-ready so no reformatting was needed. It's very quiet, fast, doesn't get hot at all. Received it the very next day after placing the order!! The only thing that could be better is the USB cable, which is a little too short, but since it's a portable drive, I shouldn't mind that. Great value for a little price!

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

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                                5.0

                                great product

                                By mac lover

                                from san francisco

                                About Me Graphic designer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                • Easy to Customize
                                • Easy to Navigate
                                • Portability
                                • Sleek design
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backups
                                  • Educational Purposes
                                  • Moving files
                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                                  i got this to transfer files between my workplace & home office. (i was using a flash drive at the the time and round out of disc space.) the eGo is very light and small (not much larger than an iphone), and has a fast transfer rate, plus it looks great. i wish i had known about this product a while back when i purchased some other bulky 1 TB hard drives for backups of my home office systems, because this is so much better in both writing speed, and portability, plus it just looks better and sleeker on my desktop. i will most likely replace my bulkier drives with this to save space & improve portability.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Product!

                                  By KPPDQ

                                  from Grass Valley, CA

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity
                                  • Portable
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Plastic Shell

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • Photo Storage

                                  Comments about Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive (1TB):

                                  I found that this hard drive is very easy to setup. I just plugged in with the supplied USB and it seamlessly started working with Time-machine. I primarily use it with my Macbook, so it's not plugged in all the time. It doesn't get hot as do some other hard drives when I've had it plugged in all day. The only gripe I have with it, is that the enclosure is plastic, but overall well worth the money.

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

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