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ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review

Posted 27 December 2012 13:06 CET by Antonis Sapanidis

Review: ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 500GB Reviewed by: vroom Provided by: ADATA Europe Manufactured: in Taiwan

The name ADATA is known to everyone that is a PC enthusiast, also MyCE members would remember the ADATA SP900 SSD review. So let's take a quick look at ADATA.

ADATA was founded back in 2001 by a group of people that wanted to make the name ADATA the leading brand with regard to memory products. However ADATA has a variety of products, from SD cards and USB flash drives to SSDs. You can find out more about ADATA on their website.

Having robust and high quality products is one step closer to ADATA’s aim, but they also have innovative products in various categories that they always aim higher with. One of these products is the ADATA DashDrive Elite, the DashDrive Elite (or HE720) is the thinnest external USB3 drive that you can find. The drives is only 8.9mm thick but this is not the only thing that separates this drive from the others, the drive also has stainless steel covers and it’s scratch resistant.  So now the ADATA DashDrive Elite needs to prove that it can also deliver the same high results on our test bench.

ADATA was kind enough to lend us the DashDrive Elite USB3 500GB external hard drive for an in-depth review. So we'll take a look at the performance of the drive, but first let's start with the packaging and the closer look at the drive itself.

A first look at the drive and its specifications

First a visual inspection of the package and the drive.

Simple, stylish and informative. These are the words that describe the front of the package.

On the back of the box you will find the specifications of the drive, the system requirements, and the package contents. Also you will find the info to download the free backup software, the info regarding the three year warranty, and some interesting facts about the drive. Firstly is the slim design of the drive, it’s only 8.9mm, and secondly the stainless steel housing of the drive.

Looking at what's inside, you will find the drive, a USB3 cable, and a quick start guide.

The front of the ADATA DashDrive Elite is very stylish, in the middle you will find the brand logo and the model, and at the bottom there is a blue LED that flashes when reading or writing, and stays on when the drive is powered.

Not much to see on the back of the ADATA DashDrive Elite.

On the rear side we find the Backup button that can be used with the backup software that you can download from the ADATA website which allows you to backup your data directly to the hard drive, and also you will find the USB3 port.


Let’s take a look on the specifications of the ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 500GB as they appear on their website.


Now let's start our tests with the FAT32 file-system... settings

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