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Verbatim 2-Disk RAID External Hard Drive 2TB review

Alan Lu
20 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
204
inc VAT
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Specifications

1TB+1TB hard disk, USB Hi-Speed, eSATA, 78x120x210mm

Verbatim's external hard disk consists of two 1TB disks.

When configured as a RAID 0 array, this provides 2TB of storage but if one disk fails, you'll lose all your data. Alternatively, it can be configured as a RAID 1 array. In this setup, your files will be safe if a disk fails, but the available storage is halved. We were disappointed to find that the hard disks aren't easy to access, as there are numerous screws to undo. A two-year warranty is provided, however.

There are both USB and eSATA ports. Its USB performance was in line with what we'd expect, and we saw minimal speed differences here between RAID 0 and 1. It was fast over eSATA when configured as RAID 0, as our figures in the graph show. It was less impressive when configured as RAID 1, however, being around 10MB/s slower.

Verbatim's RAID disk is good value at just 10p per gigabyte. If you can live without eSATA, though, then Western Digital's similarly priced My Book Mirror 2TB is a better choice thanks to its three-year warranty and easily accessible disks.

Basic Specifications

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Storage

Hard disk2x Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS
Capacity1TB+1TB
Formatted capacity1862GB
Price per gigabyte£0.10
Disk size3.5in
InterfaceUSB Hi-Speed, eSATA
Power connectorexternal
Spindle speed7,200rpm
Cache16MB
Weight2.0kg
Size78x120x210mm
Power consumption idle11W
Power consumption active13W

Buying Information

Backup software includedAhead Nero BackItUp 2 Essentials
Price£204
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplier
Detailswww.verbatim-europe.co.uk

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