While not the fastest in all scenarios, the USB 3.0 drive will make it a very good option for many consumers. In many ways, the Touro Desk Pro line does not look like your typical external storage device. The only issue I have with the overall physical appearance of the Touro Desk Pro is the rather large footprint which appears to take up even more room than necessary.
With that being said, while it is merely an external hard drive, Hitachi has made the Touro Desk Pro (3TB tested) quite capable. While the aesthetics of the Touro Desk Pro are certainly impresses, the same can not be said of the software which accompanies this device. Once again, I saw a slightly lower than expected sequential file performance from the Touro Desk Pro. Included with the Touro Mobile Pro is the Hitachi backup software to make the most of your new USB 3.0 external hard drive. Hitachi includes a copy of their backup software for both Windows and Macintosh machines right on the drive itself making setup a breeze. The backup software starts up and presents you with very simple on off switches and clickable links to configure both the local backup to the drive itself and to configure and view the optional cloud backup service that Hitachi aquired in 2009 from Fabrik. The local backup lets you pick which folders or drives you would like to backup and a choice of either automatic (backup as it sees changes) or daily at a certain time. To add the free 3GB of cloud storage you simply put in your e-mail address and a password and you get this screen.
The two-tone color scheme coupled with its monolithic design does not help in this department and in fact, does make it look bigger than it really is.
The Hitachi will be no slouch in the performance department with the high-performance 7K300 hard drive coupled with USB 3.0 interface inside its glossy case.
To be blunt, the software is rudimentary and it’s not something you would usually associate with such an classy looking device.


You can setup manual or timed backup operations and even push your backups to cloud storage (3GB is included for free with the Touro Desk Pro). It may have a small sequential file performance weakness in synthetic tests, but unless you have an extremely high performance internal hard drive, you will never ever notice this lowered potential.
With its sleek curving lines, high gloss black side panel and silver body, the Hitachi is meant to be noticed. It is only after you place each next to each other that you realize the difference in thickness is only 25mm (158mm vs 183mm). This is for the simple reason that this 3TB hard drive inside the Touro Desk is going to faster and more capable than your systems’ own rotational drive. Hitachi has their own mobile storage product line as well and these products feature the best in PC connectivity. This optical illusion is making a product not only stand out, but actually rebelling in it. You won’t have access to more advanced features such as software-based encryption or modifying the amount of time before the device powers down its hard drive.
No matter what your specific performance requirements are, be they small file performance or large file, the Touro Desk Pro is sure to satisfy.
While Hitachi has done more than Seagate to keep its hard drive cool by including venting into two sides of the silver body, the Touro Desk Pro is still a passively cooled device. It is obvious that the internal Hitachi 7K300 hard drive was built with small file performance as a priority. The only two areas that the Hitachi Touro Desk Pro are less than optimal in are its price and software. Because of this, Hitachi has taken steps to differentiate themselves from most competitors. When you purchase a high capacity external hard drive, you expect to pay a premium so one really cannot complain the asking price of $139.


We've seen several stylish USB 3.0 drives on the market, but we've yet to see one that includes cloud based storage. It is just I do wish that Hitachi had put as much effort into this area as they did on the aesthetics of the Touro Desk Pro 3TB.
So, if you can live this or simply don’t care about the rudimentary software, then the Hitachi Touro Desk Pro is a decent single-drive backup solution. Both the free and paid services can be accessed from any IP based device, like your desktop, notebook, tablet or smart phone.
This service obviously goes well beyond just mobile storage and moves into the realm of everywhere storage.
This is right around the same speed you would see with the same 2.5" form factor drive attached to your computer via SATA. The only real downside to USB 3.0 is that it does not take advantage of native command queuing. You'll have to pay tax for your state, but Office Depot does list free shipping so the total should be right around 100 Dollars.
After doing some comparative shopping at Newegg, we can say that the Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro 750GB is priced very well on its own. Once you tack on the included backup software and free cloud service we can say that this external drive is one of the better valued on the market.



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