Clickfree 160GB Portable Backup Drive review

Alan Lu
26 Feb 2009
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160GB hard disk, USB Hi-Speed, 19x78x117mm

Backing up irreplaceable data is one of those essential tasks that most of us rarely get around to. Storage Appliance's ClickFree 160GB Portable Backup Drive greatly simplifies this chore.

Its backup software runs entirely from the disk itself. After you've chosen which folders or particular file types you want to back up, the drive will automatically copy these every time it's plugged into your PC's USB port. The software supports incremental backups, saving on both time and storage space. Windows Vista users will have to tweak their AutoPlay settings for the ClickFree to work, but the manual contains the necessary instructions. The drive can also back up sets of files from different computers.

Once the 160GB disk is full, older files must be removed manually. You have to use the ClickFree's software to restore files, which could be a serious problem if it's accidentally erased or corrupted. You should be able to load the software on to a PC, or browse the backups with Windows Explorer.

The ClickFree is ideal if you're lazy, but it's expensive; standard 160GB portable disks cost around £40. See our backing-up feature in Shopper 252 for better-value ways of safeguarding your files.

Basic Specifications



Hard diskWestern Digital Scorpio Blue WD1600BEVS
Formatted capacity149GB
Price per gigabyte£0.55
Disk size2.5in
InterfaceUSB Hi-Speed
Power connectorUSB from host
Spindle speed5,400rpm
Seek time12.0ms
Power consumption idleN/A
Power consumption activeN/A

Buying Information

Backup software includedClickFree Automatic Backup 3.2.167
Warrantyone year RTB