Iomega 250G Portable Hard Drive

I like to keep my group at work supplied with interesting tools and toys.  We purchased sixteen gig flash drives to carry lots of rescue and daily software.   We are waiting for the thirty two gig drives to come into the realm of reasonable but someone showed me these I-Go (or something similar) drives.

Depending on where you buy, a 250G model can start just over fifty dollars.  There are 320G and 500G models also.  So I ordered a bunch.  They would definitely help with software and image transfer.  You can get some interesting cases for them also, although they’re rated as pretty rugged.

As I unboxed mine, the first thing I noticed was that it was missing a screw top and that was all that would prevent it from looking like a drinking flask.  When I pretended to drink from it, people wondered if I had finally lost it and where could they get one too.

I have had some nasty experiences with flash drives in terms of write performance.  To be polite, some of them suck eggs.  I have seen a cd iso take over an hour to write to one of these bastards.

Fortunately this is not an issue with the Iomegas.  It’s plug and play (except, of course, for me).

The package states that the drives are ok on Windows and Mac systems.  That rattled my cage right off the bat.  I guess since I run linux, I’m not good enough to use one of their drives (which, of course, works just fine with linux).  Except, of course, for me.

I noticed that most of the group had their drives plugged in and running.  They were most pleased.  When I plugged mine into a Windows or linux box, all I heard was clicking or beeping, then nothing.

A quick scan of the instructions (provided in more languages than one can imagine) provided no help so I went back to trying.  It appeared that mine was kaput.

As a last resort, I went back to the instructions and read the bit about there being two USB connectors in case there’s a power issue.  So I plugged both USB plugs in and the drive worked on Windows and linux.  My coworkers reported that theirs only required one USB plug.

That’s ok, I’m special.

The write and read times are not an issue, nor do I expect them to be.  The little flask really gets people wondering and fits very nicely into a briefcase or just about anything else, although I’d still prefer its own custom case because it’s a mechanical drive.

At about fifty dollars, this is a hell of a bargain.  If you need to carry this amount of data around or just back up your pc’s, I recommend it.

Of course this is only my first day.  Give me some time and I’ll do terrible things to it (including figuring out how to glue on a screw-on cap so people think it’s a flask).