Pros

  • Quadruple interface
  • Sturdy metal case

Cons

  • No security software
  • No USB bus power

At A Glance

The ToughTech XE Mini comes with dual FireWire 800 ports; its eSATA interface made it the fastest drive we saw, but it lacks USB bus power.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.wiebetech.com

The Specs

Storage
Drive size 500.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0 RPM
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • FireWire 800
  • External SATA-300
  • USB 2.0
Firewire FireWire 800
USB 2.0 Yes
Serial ATA External SATA-300
Included Software
Included Software Prosoft Data Backup
Hardware
Installation Kit Hardware Power adapter, USB cable, FireWire 800 cable, FireWire 800 to 400 cable, eSATA cable

Performance

PC World Test Center
Interface tested eSATA
External Performance, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
Copy Files Read, 3.68 GB 52.5   seconds
Copy Files & Folders Write, 3.68 GB 61.6   seconds
Copy Large File Read, 3.68 GB 46.3   seconds
Copy Large File Write, 3.68 GB 35.2   seconds
Install OpenOffice.org 3.1 31.5   seconds
Uninstall OpenOffice.org 3.1 16.7   seconds
Malware Scan 383.9   seconds
System Power, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
Copy Files & Folders Read, 3.68 GB 88.4   watts
Copy Files & Folders Write, 3.68 GB 86.1   watts
Copy Large File Read, 3.68 GB 87.0   watts
Copy Large File Write, 3.68 GB 89.1   watts
Install OpenOffice.org 3.1 91.1   watts
Uninstall OpenOffice.org 3.1 95.0   watts
Malware Scan 103.0   watts
System Idle State 82.8   watts
System Sleep State 82.5   watts
System Work State 97.4   watts