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500GB media-optimized external hard disc drive with USB 3.0

Item #: 158HDEG5U

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Your Sony's faithful companion

The Sony HDEG5U 500GB hard disc drive is an organizational wizard for your busy content-generating life. Sure, we all know there are plenty of hard-disc drive storage products out there, but how many speak seamlessly to your Sony camcorder? How many have the speed to play back big-bandwidth video files without skips? How many feature ultra-fast USB 3.0 compatibility? And finally, how many serve up your media without the need for an attached computer?

The HDEG5U will be the 4-car garage for your family vacation video. You can back it all up to this drive and enjoy 3x faster transfer speeds than you'd get with some generic hard drives. Plus you can play your favorite music files and photos as well, and do it all on a compatible TV without a PC. Compatible with select Sony camcorders, Blu-ray players and TVs, and the PlayStation ® 3.

Product Highlights:

  • 500GB external hard drive with A/V link
  • compatible with select Sony camcorders, Blu-ray players, and Sony PlayStation® 3
  • USB 3.0 and 2.0 compatible (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector, cable included)
  • maximum transfer rate: USB 2.0, 480Mbps; USB 3.0, 5Gbps
  • file system: FAT32 (4GB maximum file size)
  • Windows® and Macintosh® compatible
  • 3-3/16"W x 11/16"H x 5"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 500 GB external hard drive
  • 39" USB 3.0 cable (Male Type A USB on one end and Micro USB Type B 3.0 on the other end)
  • 6.75" USB adapter cable (Female Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 USB on the other end)
  • Operating Instructions (3 sets-multiple languages)
  • Limited Warranty sheet

Product Research


Overview: The HD-EG5U is a 500 GB External Hard Drive, designed to back up, store, and transport your digital music, video, and photo files. It is USB 3.0 compliant for exceptionally fast data transfer, and is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0. The unit receives power through the USB port (DC 5V).

Capacity: The HD-EG5U has a storage capacity of 500 GB. Because of the built-in software, the usable capacity is approximately 465 GB. File sizes must be 4 GB or smaller to be stored on the external hard drive. The HD-EG5U uses the FAT32 file system.

Data Transfer Speeds: The USB 3.0 standard, also known as SuperSpeed USB, has a maximum transfer speed of 5 GB per second (5 Gbps). That's just over 10 times faster than USB 2.0 at 480 Mbps. Transfer speeds above 480 Mbps are only possible when connecting the unit to a USB 3.0-capable PC.

Connections: The HD-EG5U has a single USB 3.0 Micro-B connector, and comes with a 1 meter USB cable with USB 3.0 Type A and Micro-B connectors. Also included is a short USB adapter cable for directly connecting the hard drive to compatible Sony Handycam camcorders.

Playback Capability: The HD-EG5U is optimized for A/V devices, so you can easily view stored videos and photos directly on your compatible TV.

Direct Copy: Connecting the external hard drive directly (via the supplied USB adapter cable) to Sony Handycam camcorders lets you automatically transfer video and photo files quickly with the press of a single button. Direct Copy-compatible Handycam camcorders include:

  • HDR-PJ200, PJ260V, PJ580V, PJ710V, PJ760V
  • HDR-CX210, CX260V
  • HDR-HRDT20
  • HDR-XR260V

Built-in Software: The built-in software offers faster transfer speeds (Data Transfer Accelerator), password protection (Password Protection Manager), easy data backup (Backup Manager), and a FAT32 Formatter. The software is compatible with Windows operating systems only. You can use the external hard drive with Mac OS, however, the higher transfer speeds of USB 3.0 are not possible.

System Requirements: The HD-EG5U is compatible with the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP (32-bit)
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later (supports USB 2.0 only)

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