Data Protection Resolution – Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro Review

This month, I thought I’d help you make some tech-friendly New Year’s Resolutions. They have nothing to do with calories, and everything to do with being tech smart and responsible. The first resolution is to find a proper data protection solution.

Touro_Mobile_Pro-rt_aboveI’m going to admit to something. I haven’t been backing up my hard drive. It’s pretty stupid, really, since almost all of our family photos reside on my machine, plus all of my work documents. Even though I’d tell you without hesitation that YOU should have a back-up plan, I just haven’t followed through. The truth is that, like most of us, I’m busy. I don’t want one more thing to worry about and I don’t want my machine bogged down.

Hitachi approached me a few weeks ago to try out their Touro Mobile Pro portable drive and I didn’t hesitate. If I’m going to preach to you to back up your data, I should be backing up mine, too. When the Touro Mobile Pro arrived, I plugged it into my laptop with the included USB cable. I ran the setup software. The software controls which folders are backed up, how often the backup occurs, at what time, and how many copies are kept. I changed the settings a bit since I don’t need to backup my entire user folder (I don’t need saved games, random software, etc.) and then the Touro went to work. It took quite some time for the initial backup and so I just left it humming away (not literally humming – it’s virtually silent, of course).

I left the Touro plugged into my machine and set the backup for 4:30 in the afternoon, figuring that my laptop would be on, but I wouldn’t be doing any major work at that time. Several days later I started to get concerned. Nothing seemed to be happening. And, yet, when I pulled the software up on my screen it told me that it had been backing up daily, just as scheduled. And there were the files on my Touro. For less than 15 minutes of my time TOTAL, I have set up a comprehensive backup system that keeps multiple versions of changed files. It’s that easy.

The Touro Mobile Pro comes with another great option. It gives you 3GB of cloud storage (i.e. file space online) to use as well. You can put your important documents in case of a fire, or your music so you can access it while on vacation. You can share your pictures with friends and family. If the 3GB isn’t enough space, you can upgrade your account to receive 250GB of storage for $49/year.


  • Comes in shiny “piano black”
  • Reads/writes with USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0) and 7200 RPMs
  • Works with PC/Mac (will need to be reformatted to work with Mac)
  • Includes 3GB cloud backup, upgradeable to 250GB
  • Comes in 500 & 750 GB sizes
  • MSRP: $109.99-$129.99
  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Requires no additional effort to maintain
  • Small and portable
  • Software may be overly simple for advanced users
  • Shiny black case is a fingerprint magnet
  • Max capacity of 750 GB may be too limiting for those with a lot of multi-media files
I honestly have nothing bad to say about the Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro for personal use. If you’re busy, but want to protect your data, it just doesn’t get any easier. Power users may be looking for more features, options, and/or storage, but most families will find it more than suitable for their needs.

And I’ve got a surprise to help you with your first tech New Year’s Resolution… I’m giving away a Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro! This is going to make your data protection resolution an easy one to complete! Please use the Rafflecopter widget below. Don’t see it? Reload the page, or drop me an email.

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Disclosure: We received a Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro for review purposes. There was no promise of a positive review and the opinions contained in this post are my own. This giveaway is sponsored by Hitachi, but the winner is selected by me. Image courtesy of Hitachi.

173 Responses to Data Protection Resolution – Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro Review

  1. I’d miss all the vacation pictures and jewelry making designs if my hard drive crashed.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I would miss my videos, I back up just about everything but forgot about those.

    Marcella Cook
    emmerswee at gmail dot com

  3. I’d miss all my settings and all the software I’ve downloaded. I’m good about backing up my photos.
    Thanks for the contest.

  4. My daughters hard drive crashed and she had some pictures on it that I want so bad! I still have the hard driving hoping someday we can recover them. The photos were from when she went to visit Waverly Hills Sanitarium the same Halloween night that Taps was there. She actually has pictures of magnetic feilds and one photo has a ghost that is posing with the friend that she was taking a picture of. She emailed me these pictures but my Hotmail deleted them after they were so old. I’m so sad because I tell people this but unless you see them, it is hard to believe!
    Thank You!!

  5. I would miss all my music and pictures..I have some songs that I’ve made from over 11 years ago and while they might be bad,Still love em :P

  6. I would miss the pictures and other things my girlfriend and I have shared in our two years together. :( I’m really hoping it doesn’t happen!

  7. I have quite a few hours/gigs worth of home videos that I transferred from our C-VHS’s. I’d hate to lose our old baby videos and moments when certain people were still alive.

  8. I would miss the music and the documents I have been working on. (But I do back up!)

    Contestscott33 (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. The inconvenience of having to set up a new hard drive – because I back up to an external drive lately and would lose almost nothing.

  10. I did have my hard drive crash :( had to have a new one put in and i missed all the pictures of my kids that i had on there and my music.

  11. My pictures!!! I actually lost my hard drive a few months ago because I dropped my laptop. That was really sad. I had about 6 months worth of pictures not backed up. Thank goodness most of them were on Facebook but still….

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