Upon plugging the drive into your computer, Windows or Mac will detect it and promptly automatically install the drivers needed. It will then be seen as a Mass Storage Device, and can be accessed from your ‘Computer’ screen at any time.
Once you explore the drive, you will find an executable, and three folders. The folders just contain the files needed for the executable to install the backup software onto your computer. They also contain the files for the manual, which can be read by using the “Start PC” launcher in the root of the drive. To ensure these files aren’t lost, when you run the setup program you may want to click “Save Verbatim Files”.
When we launch the program we are greeted with the Verbatim software installer. It’s pretty straight forward, clicking the tabs on the right side brings up menus which allow you to install the bundled software, read the manuals or view support or other products available from Verbatim. As I stated before this drive comes with a seven year warranty through Verbatim and that info is accessible when you click support. There is no registration required to receive this warranty, but ensure you hold on to your original invoice as you will need it should you have to get the drive serviced for any reason.
After installing the software, we opened up Nero BackItUp to do a test backup to see just how well the software performs. Once I opened the software I saw that you were able to set scheduled backups, as well as scheduled restores should you need to. You can even burn your backups to CD/DVD should you feel so inclined to do so.
While doing the backup, I did notice that the time remaining continued to stop. It wouldn’t increase; it just simply stopped counting down. That seemed to be about the only issue I ran into while making a backup of my Crucial C300 64GB Solid State Drive. The drive was virtually inaudible during the backup, and never got warm to the touch. The 54GB backup took just over 29 minutes to complete.