The Verbatim 500GB USB 3.0 Store ‘n’ Go portable hard drive comes in a small and sleek package, yet manages to pack a significant punch for its size. With the market moving more and more into USB 3.0 it’s good to see drives that are already taking advantage of the technology. The USB 3.0 transfer speeds really managed to surprise me as this hard drive was hitting over 80MB/s on both read and write speeds in the benchmarks we ran! The Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go drive managed to outperform some of my older SATA notebook hard drives that were running inside my PC on a SATA II interface. This is pretty impressive considering it is all being done through a USB 3.0 interface with no extra power needed.
I really liked the ease of use that came along with this drive. It was as simple as plugging it into a free USB port and I was up and running with it. It took about three minutes from the time I took it out of the box until it was plugged into a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port and ready to go. It’s simple enough to use that your parents could figure it out within just a couple minutes. The included backup software wasn’t difficult to use, and managed to make a rather timely backup of my OS drive.
Coming in at $93.98 shipped, this drive is competitively priced with other similar capacity/performance drives. During our review process we discovered that Verbatim is using a Segate ST9500325AS notebook hard drive inside that retails for sells for $88 shipped with just 2-year warranty. The Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go comes with a 7-year warranty and obviously includes the USB 3.0 enclosure, USB 3.0 cable and all the backup software. Nero BackItUp 11 runs $29.99 alone, so the value you get with the Store ‘n’ Go is more than impressive. We highly recommend the Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go portable drive series to anyone that is looking to backup a system or easily move data from one place to another.
Legit Bottom Line: The ease of use, and quick speeds combined with a large storage capacity make the Verbatim 500GB Store ‘n’ Go USB 3.0 portable hard drive a solid contender in the portable storage drive market.