Is That a Wallet in Your Pocket? No, It’s a Hard Drive

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One of the fun parts of being a GeekDad writer is that it’s part of the job to go find cool new technological toys, from the basic to the more complicated.

What I found last week while searching around items to review was this Wallet Drive from Verbatim.

There are a number of creative designs for hard drives but this one was new to me. The manufacturer sent me a copy to test. My first question was whether it really resembled a wallet.

It does. It not only looks like a wallet, it feels like one because of the leather case. I held the hard drive in one hand and my husband’s wallet in the other. The drive was both lighter and thinner than my husband’s wallet. Your mileage may vary, depending on how much is stuffed into your wallet but certainly the shape of the drive makes it easy to carry and yet is large enough that it’s not easily lost.

After the drive passed the look test, I hooked it up to an older Windows XP laptop, on the theory that many people will use hard drives to transfer programs and other essentials from older computers to newer models. The back-up program installed quickly and easily. This program can be set to automatically back up whatever information you select. The drive had 640GB of memory so that was more than enough, even though my son has some complicated programs on the laptop.

We then moved the drive over to an older XP desktop where my son has gazillion (okay, maybe just a million) of customized programs that he wants to preserve. He was able to save all of those by dropping and dragging to the wallet drive, as the back-up software can only be installed once.

Overall, the wallet drive is easy to use and has portability. I liked it better than the My Passport hard drive that we’d bought previously. A google search showed the wallet drive’s retail price anywhere from $79.99 (Buy.Com) to $101.99 (Amazon) and several prices in between.

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