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Imation Apollo Pro UX 1TB review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £130
inc VAT

Imation's Apollo Pro is a fast and generally well-designed external hard disk, but it's too expensive.


1TB hard disk, USB, 179x45x139mm

Imation’s Apollo Pro UX 1TB external hard disk is attractive thanks to its glossy white front panel, which illuminates when turned on.

The plastic case feels a bit creaky, but it’s otherwise well designed. It can be placed either horizontally or vertically on your desk, with pop-out feet to keep it steady when oriented vertically.

Unfortunately, the front-mounted backup button doesn’t start a backup automatically, but instead launches the bundled ArcSoft TotalMedia Backup software – something you could do using a desktop shortcut. The software does support both scheduled and incremental backups, but the interface is cluttered, making it harder to configure than necessary. It doesn’t support versioned backups, though, so you can revert to an older version of a file in case you make an alteration to your current copy that you later regret. Thankfully, the button can be set to launch another backup program of your choice. Our current favourite is Acronis True Image Home 2009.

The Apollo was quick in our file transfer benchmarks and made little noise while doing so. Unfortunately, it’s expensive at £126, or 13p per gigabyte. Samsung’s 1TB Story Station is a bit faster at transferring files, has a sturdier metal case and costs £74, which is 8p per gigabyte. Its three-year warranty is a year longer than the Apollo’s. It doesn’t have a backup button, but we doubt you’ll miss it, so the Story Station is still our preferred 1TB external desktop disk.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***


Hard disk Samsung HD103UJ
Capacity 1TB
Formatted capacity 930GB
Price per gigabyte £0.13
Disk size 3.5in
Interface USB
Power connector external
Spindle speed 7,200rpm
Cache 32MB
Seek time 8.9ms
Weight 1.1kg
Size 179x45x139mm
Power consumption idle 11W
Power consumption active 11W

Buying Information

Backup software included ArcSoft TotalMedia Backup
Price £130
Warranty two years RTB

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