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A-Data NH01 Nobility 500GB review

Alan Lu
2 Aug 2010
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A-Data NH01 Nobility 500GB
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
74
inc VAT

The Nobility is surprisingly cheap for a USB3 disk and is very fast too.

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Specifications

500GB hard disk, USB3, 15x81x133mm

The 500GB NH01 Nobility isn't the first portable USB3 disk we've seen – that honour goes to the LaCie 500GB Rugged USB3. While The Rugged costs £129, or a high 26p per gigabyte, the Nobility costs just 15p per gigabyte, which is little more than a USB2 portable disk.

As expected for a USB3 disk, the Nobility sped through our file transfer tests copying large files at an overall speed of 73.8MB/s while small files were transferred at an average speed of 51.4MB/s.

A-Data NH01 Nobility 500GB

The Rugged was around 30MB/s faster copying large files and 20MB/s faster transferring small files though. The speed difference is due to the fact that the Rugged uses a 7,200rpm disk while the Nobility uses a 5,400rpm disk. Nevertheless, the Nobility is still far faster than any USB2 disk.

The Nobility doesn't feel quite as robust as the Rugged and its black plastic casing creaks under pressure a little. It doesn't come with any backup software either. Nevertheless if you want fast performance from a portable hard disk, the Nobility is good value. It's not as fast as the Rugged, but it is far cheaper and is still quick.

Basic Specifications

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Storage

Capacity500GB
Formatted capacity465GB
Price per gigabyte£0.15
Disk size2.5in
InterfaceUSB3
Power connectorUSB from host
Spindle speed5,400rpm
Cache8MB
Weight194g
Size15x81x133mm
Power consumption idleN/A
Power consumption activeN/A

Buying Information

Backup software includednone
Price£74
Warrantythree years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.ginger6.co.uk
Detailswww.adata.com.tw

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