Freecom Mobile Drive XXS 160GB

A tiny 160GB hard disk with a tiny price… but a big flaw

We were all set to give this little portable hard disk a glowing review. It's tiny, has a cute black rubbery finish and it's cheap. Unfortunately, it also has a fatal flaw.

The reason the Freecom Mobile Drive XXS is so small is that it's basically just a bare hard disk wrapped in a slightly kinky, velvety rubber sheath. And unlike any other drive we've seen before, there's not even any space taken up by an interface to convert a hard disk's SATA connection to USB.

Instead, this is a special Samsung hard disk where the circuitry for the bridge is built into the drive; it doesn't have a SATA connector, just a mini-USB port. Essentially, this is little bigger than a bare 2.5-inch hard disk. Just the millimetres-thick rubber case protects the drive, giving it very small overall dimensions.

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MusicRadar Rating

2.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Very cheap. Very compact. Clever SATA-less drive. Bus-powered

Cons

Minimal protection. Only a short cable supplied

Verdict

A bold, competitive effort, but we'd just be too worried about damaging it and losing data

OS requirements

Apple Mac OS 10.4 or later Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows Vista

Capacity

160

Internal/External

External

Interfaces

USB

Drive speed

5400

Drive width

2.5in

Features

Apple Time Machine compatible

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