There really isn’t that much to say about an external hard drive. Almost all of them work the same and are basically the same components. Obviously this is an older drive that has been out for a while, but it is lacking a few things that I would have liked to have seen. There is only a USB connection on this drive, while this may have been fine a year ago new standards are out like USB 3.0 and eSATA which have far better transfer speeds than USB 2.0. There isn’t even a firewire connection on this drive.
The included backup software was a little dated, but still worked pretty well and if you are doing simple backups it will work for you. There really isn’t much else to say about this drive, it does not have a very eye catching design like the Seagate FreeAgent drives, it is just plain.
Right now you can get this drive from Geeks.com for $109.99, which is a good price, but when Geeks.com has 1TB external eSATA and USB 3.0 drives for only $30 more it does not make much sense to buy this drive unless your PC does not support USB 3.0 or eSATA. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Verbatim SmarkDisk Crossfire 1TB USB External Hard Drive an 8 out of 10 score.
– Backup software included
– Easy to use
– Only a single USB connection
Dec 11, 2014 0