Failed hard drive saved by Verbatim Store n Go USM portable drive

Verbatim Store n Go USM

The day started out badly. No coffee. It then got worse. I switched on my laptop and I heard that distinct tick-tick-tick sound of the hard drive failing !

My life & data flashed before my eyes as I tried to remember what I had on this computer and when was the last time I had a full backup. I needed to move fast now so bad day to run out of coffee…curses….

Luckily my laptop switched on and managed to log in. What now ? what is the best way to backup my info ?

There are two options.

Option1: Backup just my data – docs, emails, music, photos etc. This means that I would have access to all my information when I get a new hard drive. Downside: I will need to reinstall every application I own. That process takes hours and basically means a complete day wasted watching the software laugh at me with a progress bar saying 49%….50%….51%….

Option2: Clone the entire hard drive. This means that I make an exact replica of my entire hard drive and when I get my new one, I just dump the cloned drive back on. This will include not only my data but all the application and their settings as well.  Downside: This take a long time to complete and if my drive fails whilst doing it, I am pretty much …poked.

What to do ?

I opted for Option2- clone the entire hard drive. I chose that option as I happen to have a Verbatim Store n Go USM portable Hard Drive. I chose to use this drive over another as it comes pre-formatted as FAT-32. So I wouldn’t waste valuable time formatting a 1TB drive whilst my hard drive is failing. It also works with USB 2.0 and 3.0 so I would be getting fast transfer speed.

I plugged the Store n Go in, my computer immediately recognised it (and the help its about to receive) and I noticed that Verbatim has provided software to backup my machine. Nice guys !

I ran the through the process and after some time, I had a complete clone of my machine and I could relax long enough to go out and get a new hard drive and much needed coffee.

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This drive is Verbatim’s first USM (Universal Storage Module) Hard Drive & comes with a USB 3.0 USM cable. You could also purchase FireWire800 USM cable, eSATA USM cable, Thunderbolt USM adapter so your connection options are limitless. One drive many cables and many options.

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The USM concept is also superb. You simply disconnect the adaptor and plug the drive straight into the device that have a USM slot. For example: you could have your music or video on it and plug the drive into the USM slot on a set-top box. Or you could have sensitive information and could use this as a removable hard drive that is locked away in a safe at night.

Its a great little product and for the price its amazing value. The 500GB USB 3.0 sells at R 999 including V.A.T and the 1TB USB 3.0 sells at R 1499 including V.A.T.

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  1. I bought the 500Gb Verbatim Store n Go USB3 from a well-known retailer (which is no longer credible for me). Within 4 months the disk failed, after being used fewer than a dozen times and stayed on my desk for the rest. Quite disappointing!

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