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Iomega eGo Desktop USB 3.0 2TB review

Iomega eGo Desktop USB 3.0 2TB
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Price when reviewed : £120
inc VAT

Although not perfect, Iomega's eGo Desktop USB3 2TB disk is inexpensive for a USB3 desktop hard disk.


2TB hard disk, USB3, 40x125x184mm

The first USB3 desktop hard disk from Iomega doesn’t look very different from the company’s previous USB2 eGo Desktop disks. It has the same creaky plastic design and a stand for positioning the disk vertically. Nevertheless, at £120, or 6p per gigabyte, it’s remarkably inexpensive for a 2TB USB3 desktop disk.

We were generally impressed with the performance of the eGo in our demanding file-transfer tests. Large files were written at a fast 94.4MB/s and read even faster at 110.2MB/s. Small files were also read quickly at 103.5MB/s. However, it was among the slowest USB3 disks we’ve seen when writing small files, managing just 46.6MB/s. This is still faster than any USB2 disk though.

Iomega eGo Desktop USB 3.0 2TB

Available as a free download is the Retrospect Express HD backup program. Although we found the wizard-style interface awkward, it’s still a potentially useful application if you don’t already have backup software. Backup schedules can be created, while time is saved by it only backing up those files that have changed. It can also keep older versions of your files in case you need to refer back to them. Like most bundled backup programs, files aren’t accessible through Windows Explorer – you need to use the software to restore or retrieve files.

We wish Iomega’s 2TB USB3 eGo Desktop disk was quicker at writing small files, but if you can live with this flaw it’s a good value USB3 disk.

Basic Specifications

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Hard disk Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB
Capacity 2TB
Formatted capacity 1.81TB
Price per gigabyte £0.06
Disk size 3.5in
Interface USB3
Power connector external
Spindle speed 5,900rpm
Cache 32MB
Seek time 16.0ms
Weight 1.0kg
Size 40x125x184mm
Power consumption idle 8W
Power consumption active 10W

Buying Information

Backup software included EMC Retrospect Express HD 2.0
Price £120
Warranty three years RTB

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