Hitachi SimpleTough USB2

  • Hitachi SimpleTough USB2
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  • Rugged design, Bundled software
  • Rugged yet attractive, Non-slip design. Withstands drops and Moisture, Weight
  • Conveniently integrated USB cable; three-year warranty; local and online data backup; rubber body can withstand 9.8-foot drops and a ton of pressure.


  • USB cable could cause problems, Premium pricing
  • Expensive, Larger enclosure because of rugged construction

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechSpot on

Having thoroughly tested the 500GB Hitachi SimpleTough we are struggling to find a fault with this portable hard drive. It would have been nice to get eSATA support, as this interface provides significant performance improvements over USB 2.0....

By PCWorld India on 75

An external USB 2.0 hard drive designed to look good, which is capable of surviving a fall or two as well. But it is still limited by the speed of the USB 2.0 interface and those who dont need the ruggedness of the Hitachi SimpleTough 500GB...

By CIOL on

The Hitachi SimpleTough is exactly that; a simple, rugged solution for portable storage. Similar in concept to A-Data’s colorful SH93 rugged drive, this one is understated and features a soft grip casing that mimics the look of carbon fiber. The...

By Expert Reviews on 100

The SimpleTough is inexpensive and its sturdy build will be reassuring if you travel a lot or specifically want a water-resistant disk....

By PC Authority on 67

With its curved, carbon fibre-effect centre panel and shapely rubber side panels, this 500GB USB 2 drive looks and feels great....

By PC Advisor on 70

The Hitachi SimpleTOUGH external hard drive's rugged enclosure and embedded USB 2.0 cable make it a good option for carting around data, though style-conscious road warriors may want to look elsewhere. James Hutchinson,

By Tom's Hardware on

The ruggedized drives from A-Data and Hitachi are a bit larger than most other 2.5 portable drives, as they have to accommodate mechanisms for cable management and additional rubber cushion crush zones. Our 500GB capacities are sufficient for...

By CNET Australia on 84

An aptly named external drive; it's simple and it's...

By PC Pro on 67

A tough, impact resistant hard disk at a good price, but we'd stop short of exposing it to moisture....

By Hardware Central on

Shock-resistant portable USB 2.0 hard drives are not a new idea. Last year introduced the eGo BlackBelt, which . But , an company, has added new wrinkles with the Hitachi product. SimpleTough, about the size and weight of BlackBelt and other...

By cnet on 75

The Hitachi SimpleTough is by far the most indestructible external hard drive we've tested, capable of surviving drops of up to 10 feet and up to one ton of pressure. With a built-in USB cable, two-tiered data security package, and an impressive...

International Review By PCWorld DK on 50

En robust fætter med et robust USB-interface beregnet til hårdhændet...

International Review By 01Net on 80

Hitachi propose une gamme de disques externes de 2,5 pouces USB dotés d’un boîtier renforcé capable de résister aux agressions extérieures (projection d’eau, choc, chute). Le disque possède un câble USB...

International Review By Tom's Hardware on

Vor einiger Zeit hat Hitachi SimpleTech übernommen und die Marke in Form einer neuen Produktreihe in das Speichersegment integriert. Die Webseite gibt es noch, wird jetzt allerdings durch “by Hitachi” untertitelt. Es gibt...