I use the portable drive for two purposes. One is to provide backup storage when I am away from Time Machine on a photo shoot. The second is when I am upgrading or fixing a customer's Mac; then I use it to copy the customer's startup volume in case things go south, as they say. At this point the drive has been fast, reliable, and convenient.
I had pretty well decided upon this product from OWC as an addition to my computer complex, but needed to confirm my understanding of the connection arrangements. Upon contacting OWC Support not only did I get a complete explanation but some good advise on how to better utilize the product than I had previously determined. The subsequent order was very simple and the delivery was amazingly quick. The unit fully meets my requirements.
I shall return to OWC for any further needs.
Pros: Quality, Durability, support service, online tutorials
I currently use external drives for the majority of my motion projects (animation, editing, vfx). So far, OWC's drives have worked very well. I always have a good experience with OWC and hope they continue to thrive.
Using my "On the Go" to back up one of my external drives. Easy to use. OWC listened to what I wanted a back-up to do and made this recommendation. Have been very happy with it so far. Comes with it's own case.
The drive holds a huge amount of info at a reasonable price. The fact that it's USB powered means one less power cord hanging down the back of my desk. Backing up is way cheaper than getting files off a crashed hard drive.
I have two of these, one formatted with OS X and the other NTFS. Great for high speed mobile data transfers. If you intend to use a 7200rpm drive that draws a bit of power, note that the drive may not always switch on over USB. Best to try another USB port or if connected to a desktop, always use the USB ports on the back of the tower as they can supply more power.
This is a good combination of storage capacity - spinning velocity - size - price. The only drawback I've found is that the firewire cable that comes with this unit is unreliable, it connects whenever it feels like it which is not most of the time, just replace that cable and you're good to go.