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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
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
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
System Requirements: The HD-EG5U is compatible with the following
- Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP
- Mac OS X 10.4 or later (supports USB 2.0 only)