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Vincent Lheur Published on January 14, 2011
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  • Interface
  • Rotation Speed 5400 rpm
  • Cache NC
  • Write Speed NC
For the time being, we're still waiting for USB 3.0 interfaces to become widely available in computers and laptops, but most external hard drive manufacturers now have at least one drive in their range that meets the new standard.

Iomega is no exception, and today we're testing the firm's eGo 500 GB USB 3.0 drive, which is also available in 320 GB and 1 TB versions.

The eGo has a rather traditional look with a top quality finish.  A detachable rubber cover protects it from falls, and both its dimensions (9.1 x 2.4 x 12.9 cm) and weight (250 g) make it about average for an external hard drive.  The 60 cm USB 3.0 cable is long enough but still easy to carry.

Our tests using CrystalDiskMark didn't make the eGo 500 GB one of our star external hard drives.  It uses a 2.5'' form factor, and can't compete with either larger 3.5'' devices or SSD drives.  Even a portable drive like the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 500 GB is faster than the eGo.  It still puts in a performance worthy of an internal SATA designed for ordinary internal storage like the Caviar Green or the Barracuda LP, for instance.

The access times are also pretty average, but that's not the most important factor when choosing an external drive.

Finally, our tests with PCMark Vantage put the eGo 500 GB behind all of today's best performing hard drives.  The LaCie Rugged 500 GB USB 3.0, for instance, gets a score of 3938, compared to the eGo 500 GB USB 3.0's 3259.
The eGo 500 GB USB 3.0 has a 256-bit EAS encryption system. If security is your top priority, then you can use it, but you wont be able to access your data from a computer which isn't using Iomega's proprietary software. Alongside that, the backup tools Iomage QuickProtect and Roxio Retrospect Express are included in the price and available for download for free from Iomega's site. You can also use Iomega v.Clone to copy several files at once or even its whole contents via a virtual machine.


  • Good speeds compared to earlier generation technology (FireWire or USB 2.0)
  • Good protection from falls
  • Quiet


  • Average performance for a USB 3.0 drive


This drive is a good solution for portable external storage. It's not the fastest drive out there, but it is good value for money.
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