HGST Touro Mobile Pro 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Review

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Free Space and Final Thoughts

HGST Touro Pro 500GB Free Space

Taking a look at the capacity of the HGST TOURO Pro 500GB hard drive we see that in Windows, there is 466GB available to the user as reported by Windows. The reason that the drive isn’t exactly 500GB is due to the change in measure from GB (1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes) to GiB (1GiB = 1,073,741,824). In the image above you can also see that the drive comes with some files already on it. These are for the optional cloud software that you can use for a second layer of backup protection.

HGST Touro Cloud Backup

You can sign up for the free 3GB of cloud storage to help keep your photos, movies, music and documents safe and accessible from any smartphone or browser. You can also upgrade to 250GB of cloud storage for an additional $59 per year. Just remember not to upload any private data to a public cloud that you wouldn’t want the world to see. Public cloud storage can be accessed by criminals and of course the government since they monitor and save pretty much all the internet traffic.

HGST Touro Pro 500GB HD Bundle

Final Thoughts and Conclusion:

The HGST TOURO Mobile Pro 500GB external hard drive is a solid  portable USB 3.0 hard drive. It certainly won’t win any awards for being thin, but it is quick and affordable. It has also been on the market since 2011 and that will work in your favor as it has been tried and tested by many thousands of people before you. That means that all the firmware bugs and quirks have been worked out long before you get it and you’ll have an enjoyable user experience. We had no issues with the HGST TOURO Pro 500GB drive and loved the super fast 125MB/s read and 126MB/s write speeds that we saw in ATTO!

HGST TOURO PRO

 

 

 

Description Model No. Part No. Price
Touro Mobile Pro Black 500GB HTOLMNA5001ABB 0S03107 $59.99 shipped
Touro Mobile Pro Black 1TB HTOMPNA10001BBB 0S03559 $79.99 shipped

 

Right now there are two versions of the HGST Touro Pro and both use the same enclosure and 7200 RPM hard drives that perform similarly. Just be sure to get the size that you need as there is a $20 difference between the two capacities!

Legit Bottom Line: The HGST TOURO MOBILE PRO 500GB external portable hard drive offers solid performance at a competitive price point!

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