Easy-to-use SimpleSave Back-up Solution: HP SimpleSave Portable Hard Drive *Giveaway Closed*

hp2Do you remember those days where you needed 40 CD’s to save and ‘back up’ your computer? Boy, I do! I have I don’t know HOW many CD’s from the previous years where I would back up (save) all of my data, pictures, videos, documents, music and anything else from my computer. I look at all these CD’s that I still have and I have to roll my eyes. Why didn’t someone come up with something more simple?

Well, HP has done just that, and then some! Now there is a product our called the HP SimpleSave Hard Drive. Why is this called “SimpleSave”? Because it is just that – SIMPLE! This is a portable hard drive that is available in 320- and 500-gigabyte capacities, and a SimpleSave Desktop, available in 1- and 2-terabyte capacities. Both devices feature preinstalled backup software.


What I LOVE the most about the SimpleSave drive is that there is no additional software needed to install. You plug, play and the SimpleSave backs up for you. Yes – it is THAT easy!

SimpleSave software automatically finds and backs up the data on the PC, and after the first backup, automatically updates the backup with file changes whenever the computer is idle.

A single SimpleSave drive can be used to back up all the PCs in the home, with data from each PC clearly identified by name on the drive to make finding and restoring a specific PC’s data a snap.

Here is a video that I created to show you how the SimpleSave works step by step.

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The SimpleSave hard drives are designed with heat-dissipating cases that stay cool and run quietly without a fan. The SimpleSave Portable is powered by the PC’s USB 2.0 port and does not require an external power supply. In addition, the 2.5-inch portable model is designed with a shock-resistant case to protect the drive from the bumps and jolts of everyday usage.
Other features include:

  • Hundreds of file formats supported: Supports the most common file types for photo, music and documents including AAC, BMP, DOC, GDF, GIF, JPG, MP3, MPEG, PPT, PDF, TAX, TIFF and XLS.
  • Frequent backup update: Backs up new and changed files every time the PC is idle for five minutes.
  • Plug-and-play storage: Ready to use when connected to a USB port.
  • Support for large files: NTFS file system offers improved support for metadata and use of advanced data structures, improving performance, reliability and disk space.
  • Two-year warranty.

Pricing and availability

  • SimpleSave Portable: 320GB, $119.99; 2.5-inch hard drive, 500GB, $149
  • SimpleSave Desktop: 1TB hard drive, $149.99; 2TB hard drive, 329.99

I love everything about the HP SimpleSave. I love the size of it (physical and internal memory).

  • I love that you don’t have to have a power cord; it is powered by the USB cable. You can save so many precious memories, pictures, videos, music and sooo much more!
  • I love that the HP SimpleSave external drive automatically backs up your computer. You can use this on multiple computers!
  • I love the price for all that you get. Seriously – 320GB for right around $119.99. Do you know how many CD’s that is?
  • Not to mention that this will truly save your sanity!

What you win

  • HP SimpleSave drive 320GB

How to enter (Mandatory)

  • Post to me what feature you love the most about the HP SimpleSave drive 320GB and how it can help you out!

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  • ONE (1) winner will receive a HP SimpleSave drive 320GB valued at $119.99
  • Winner will be chosen at Random and backed up by post content.
  • Winner will be contacted via Email. If no response in 48 hours, another winner will be drawn
  • For more specifics on how winners are drawn, click here
  • Winners are posted here for reference
  • US & Canada entries only
  • Contest ends on September 14, 2009 at 11:59 pm Central Time


  1. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/April1p/statuses/3584544703

  2. It’s powered by a USB cable and no power cord. Yep, I have to say that’s my favorite feature also. I have enough stuff plugged in and I’m our of room on my surge strip. April1p(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Cynthia C says:

    I’m all for anything that simplifies my life. With USB power supply and automatic backup, this surely qualifies. Thanks for the chance.

  4. beth shepherd says:

    I like the ability to have lots of back ups. always handy
    Thank you for the chance

  5. Troy Coughlin says:
  6. Troy Coughlin says:

    love how we can use this on our lapetop and desktop. Great product.

  7. William C says:

    great tool for travelling with your data, pictures, etc

  8. This would help clear some space off my laptop and put family pictures in one SAFE spot! My Aunt suggested one of these to me a few months back.

  9. better then the one I have now – I have to run separate software every time.

  10. martin hutnik says:

    I love the compact and ease of use this machine does.

  11. tweeted the giveaway

  12. Being able to use this with multiple computers is awesome! We have 3 on our home network so it would be perfect!

  13. Ken Wallin says:

    this would be sweet to have. Backing up is always a pain, but its needed

  14. Thomas Smythe says:

    I have lost PC’s in the past because I’m too lazy to make proper backups. This takes all the guesswork out of it, and there’s enough storage to back up the pc and the laptop. I don’t like having all my media files taking up space on my computers, i could make use out of a reliable external. It’s also cool that there’s no seperate power cord, just the usb.

  15. Janna Johnson says:

    Great that you can use this for multiple computers since we have 3 in our house!

    Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

    Janna Johnson

  16. The plug and play feature with no software install appeals to me.

  17. I love that it can support JPG’s – which means I can save ALL my digital photographs on it!

  18. It’s a simply and easy way to back up all my photos and pictures. A good price for safety.

  19. Reginald S says:

    Who doesn’t like Plug-n-play? If the device does all the hard work for me, bring it on !

  20. May Schultz says:

    I’ve been looking for something like this. Something easy to use (I’m not too computer literate). This seems to fill the bill. It sure does look easy. JUST what I want!

  21. barbara wright says:
  22. barbara wright says:

    I love that you don’t have to install anything – you just plug it in and it does its thing!

  23. Plug in and run the app. Simple and fast!

  24. Rahul Mohan says:

    I love the fac that the simple save is a no-brainer hard drive backup system. I can plug it in and be confident that my precious information and memories will be available in case a computer armageddon were to occur.

  25. Melissa B says:
  26. Melissa B says:

    My favorite feature is the price (is that a feature?). Its easily affordable!

  27. I tweeted {I just entered the HP SimpleSave Giveaway #MommyGoggles! http://tinyurl.com/podjr4}!

  28. I love that I would be able to get my ten million pictures off my laptop without having to worry about whether I might lose cds or flash drives – ooooh how I need this to clear up some space for graduate school!

  29. The best thing is that there are no CDs to deal with. I read recently that CDs deteriorate unless you use the mega-expensive ones.

  30. DAVID GRESH says:

    I love that it has 320GB. With 320GB I’ll have enough storage for the rest of my life!

  31. Heather Bush says:

    I love that the HP SimpleSave Portable 320GB Hard Drive is portable, so I can take my music files and photos with me, without lugging around a laptop – all my buddies and family have them, so I can use theirs and never leave behind the important things.

  32. I love that it has frequent backup update,so I won’t lose my memories and data

  33. The best feature that I like about the HP Simple Save Portable Hard Drive:
    – the simplicity of it. Very user friendly.

    How it will help me:
    I will not have to worry about any file changes being made & saved as they will automatically be done.

  34. I love my HP laptop…and this would be a great addition. I’d love to back everything up, by just plugging it in!

  35. I am not too computer savvy so seeing how simple it is to operate gives me peace of mind.

  36. Miaelkaye says:

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Elkaye/status/3549432993


  37. Miaelkaye says:

    I love the idea of it automatically backing up a hard drive. How simple is that?!

  38. Katherine says:

    I love that it’s so small and portable and no need for external power supply equals even greater portability!

  39. I love that it sounds easy!

  40. I can’t just name ONE thing that I love… the size of course, but that it doesn’t need an external power source is wonderful, and that it can hold all my photos is probably the thing that I would treasure the most.

    Thank you SOOOO much for the chance to win this AMAZING giveaway!

  41. Scott Cawson says:

    Simple and easy. Two requirements that will make it within the realm of possibility that I’ll back up my files.

  42. I love that you can use it on more than one computer. semtaylor@yahoo.com

  43. I love that the HP SimpleSave Drive automatically scans your hard drive for common types of documents. I’ve ported over folders and files from the office and from my old computer, and I’ve not been very methodical about it. As a result, I have documents, graphics, and music files everywhere. I desperately need to back up all my files, particularly right now, as I need to reinstall my operating system. Backing up the old fashioned way will be a nightmare, but this would be a perfect way to get ready for the reinstall and to re-establish my files once it’s finished.

  44. Greg Burke says:

    Plug-and-play storage: Ready to use when connected to a USB port! Now that is convenient.

  45. I like that it automatically backs up a hard drive and this can be done to multiple computers. It’s simple to use!

  46. keith james says:

    simple is the key

  47. That is a great amount of storage space and it would fill my need to backup data on my computer.

  48. email subscriber

  49. I love the plug n play, this would be so great to have as I do not have anything that I can use to save all my pictures and videos! 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

  50. Monique Rizzo says:

    Thanks for the chance.

  51. Monique Rizzo says:

    I could REALLY REALLY use this!! Thanks for the chance.

  52. Mary OBrien says:

    I like the USB plugnplay ease of use.

  53. cMacneill says:

    I like the plug and play feature. I had a hard drive (external) that was kind of first generation years ago which happened not to survive a glass of ginger ale. haven’t had one since. nice to see that things are moving forward =D

  54. I like the fact that it automatically backs up everything. No CD,s cluttering up our desks. For me especially, no more unprotected files as I forget to back up on C.D’s. If anything happened, I’d be in real trouble!

  55. paul haddock says:

    Best part is it automatically backs up a hard drive

  56. laurie damrose says:

    I love the fact you can have multiple computer,we love dowloadable games and this would be super for that!Also for exra photos music ,etc…….gl 2 all

  57. Pat Connors says:

    I love the size of the drive. This can hold more than I need for home, work, and school.

  58. realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    I blogged your contest! http://www.cancontests.com/2009/08/contests-from-elsewhere-win-hp.html

    Thank you!

  59. realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    Tweeted! 🙂 http://twitter.com/antispamgirl/statuses/3542791940

    Thank you!

  60. realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    I love that it’s portable! My files are too big for USB storage keys, so this would be PERFECT for my needs! No more dragging my laptop around 🙂

    Thank you!

  61. stacey dempsey says:

    “Backs up new and changed files every time the PC is idle for five minutes”. i always forget to back things up , AND THE USB connection is great as you can just plug it in the fron of your computer , nice and easy

  62. Linda Lansford says:

    You plug, play and the SimpleSave backs up for you. I like that because it is simple

  63. I love that it has 320Gb

  64. I like the size of the drive. Beats the floppies I am currently using.

  65. l love that SimpleSave software automatically finds and backs up the data on the PC & that I can get rid of all the cd’s

  66. I love that it back ups automatically and all my back is on one device

  67. l Love that SimpleSave software automatically finds and backs up the data on the PC and the fact won’t have to mess with cd’s anymore

  68. Donna Thompson says:

    It’s ease of use.

  69. I love the fact that it backs up automatically with no software -that’s awesome because I would be the one to plug an external hard drive in & say – is it backing everything up? how do I know? So, that’s definitely my favorite feature. It would help me because, well, I need to back up my computer! thanks

  70. Plug and Play, the magic words!! That’s my favorite feature! Also…I love that you can backup more than one computer on the same drive. Hubby and I could both use it…very cool!

  71. Vicki Lenz says:

    I love the ability to save all types of files. I could really use this since I do not have a back up system in place.

  72. Benita G. says:

    My favorite feature is that it’s plug and play. It couldn’t be simpler. It would certainly help because I have no back up currently.


  73. I like not having to use and AC adaptor. Bonus!!

  74. William C says:

    My current external drive is just that – backups are manual and require anotehr software. the HP simple is great!!

  75. Robin Farnsworth says:

    I love that it is so simple

  76. Lee George says:

    The storage size is huge!

  77. barb derick says:

    WOW this smart save would be the best thing no more losing data this is the greatest I do genealogy and you have to keep and save records…..

  78. In these lean times, value for money is a huge priority for me. I love that I can get a high quality 320GB backup hard drive for the economical price of $119.

  79. I love the huge amount of storage space in such a small machine. It’s exactly what I need!

  80. Alex Montana says:
  81. Alex Montana says:

    I like the multiple computer backups. I actually have 4 different computers in my home and run between them for different tasks.

  82. I like that it has so much storage space, plus it will back up files when the computer is idle so that my system doesn’t slow to a crawl when it’s working.

    And the dog is cute!

  83. DIANE TRUDGEON says:

    The HP SimpleSave Hard Drive would be a perfect fit for me. The compact size
    and its portability is ideal for my backups at work and at home. I could take
    this hard drive with me on business trips.

  84. I like the frequent backup update…I’ve been burned before
    by not backing up, and this could big-time problem prevention.

  85. I love that it has no need for a power cord, just a USB cord. One less cord on my desk = massive love for the SimpleSave portable hard drive!

  86. The fact that it has frequent backup updates is awesome! And that it backs up new/changed files every time the PC is idle for five minutes…so awesome that you don’t even really have to do anything! Sounds so easy to use, which is perfect for a non-tech-y girl like me!

  87. I also follow on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway


  88. I love that I could plug this into my laptop, this would be great for backing up files! Thanks so much.

  89. Tweet:



  90. This is an awesome giveaway! I like that it automatically backs up my data. I lost a lot when my old computer crashed. Thanks for this very nice giveaway and please count me in.

  91. No software to install is a definite plus. No mention of Mac or Linux support though.
    I twittered: http://twitter.com/slugbug55/status/3537541193

  92. I need something fool proof. Because I have nothing to back up my files now. That is very Foolish, but I do not know what to do. This could save me a lot of grief!

  93. Tracey Byram says:

    I like that it is what it is-Simple.

  94. Brad Bergman says:

    I just think its great that I will finally be able to back up all my files and especially photos.

  95. Maria Riedyk says:

    Wow, what an invention! My computer memory is filled to the max. I actually could use one of the Simple Save HP, in order to save all my highly important stuff, and clear out my computer for more highly important stuff to come. No worries of losing, or accidental deleting, or computer failure/burnout that loses my important stuff!
    Great Prize!

  96. I love that it’s easy and simple. I am computer-challenged and don’t speak computerese very well. So this would be purrfect!

  97. I think it’s great that you can back up more than one computer.

  98. I like that it is plug & play. This would be fabulous for me, as I currently have no system or procedures of backup. I basically just keep my fingers crossed.

  99. It has a lot of positvies, but my favorite it that it is just SIMPLE. I love easy and simple. I am a simple person. Don’t like complications. thanks for having this giveaway.

  100. I like the fact that it automatically backs up a hard drive and this can be done to multiple computers.

  101. Simple and automatic work for me. I have enough things that are rocket science to use. My ‘puter is on all day, so the fact that it can take care of the job during idle times is great.

  102. I like the idea that I don’t have to do anything but plug it in. There’s so little to go wrong. Even my parents could handle that!

  103. I like that it runs off the usb cable and it would help me out because I’d use it to store data, thanks.

  104. Derrick McLeod says:

    Automatic back up and for several different computers! Awesome! I wouldn’t be so anxious about losing all my music and pictures anymore.

  105. I love that it can back up so much contest. As a university student, this would be so helpful if an essay due date is coming up and I accidentally lost everything. It would save my butt.

  106. Twittered

    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  107. I love how much space is on there! And a simple USB connection. I could really use this for the zillions of pictures of my little sweeties I have!

    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  108. ease of use

  109. I like how simple the interface is.

  110. Heather S says:

    I love that it automatically backs up data. I recently had pc problems and lost data so this is important to me

  111. I love that it is so simple. A definite sanity saver!

  112. thomas rusinak says:

    better to be safe with a back up hard drive

  113. Colleen C says:

    I am terrible about backing up my data, so the feature I like the most is: “Backs up new and changed files every time the PC is idle for five minutes”. That means I don’t have to remember to back up my data, and that suits me fine!
    Thanks for the contest!

  114. Richard Corneau says:

    I love how you can plug it in and start backing up your precious files such as pictures, documents and music!!! Soooo easy to use!

  115. I like that it auto-updates, and that it is a USB connection, which I have on the front of my desktop, so I don’t have to go digging around the back of it.

  116. sherry nickerson says:

    the size is great..looks so nice


    wadesherry@hotmail dot com

  117. Veronica T says:

    One HP SimpleSave Hard Drive or 6 back-up CD’s to misplace or throw out?

  118. I like the ease of backing up your files.

  119. I like that it automatically backs up the computer-I wouldn’t have to worry whether my pictures were saved if the computer crashed.

  120. subscriber

  121. i love that you don’t need to install software. it will help us save the kids’ baby photos for years to come

  122. sylvia kriksic says:

    i love that it will back up my computer

  123. I love that it back ups automatically, no fuss or no worries of forgetting to update. Im having a lot of photos and musicfiles and to be honest i dont take time to regularly update my backups so this would be amazing.

  124. Debra Bashford says:
  125. Debra Bashford says:

    Love that it is USB powered as I have no more outlets!

  126. Alain Denommee says:

    Frequent backup update, IM always a little negligent doing this backup thing. The fact that it can be programm to run itself would warranty that I’m always current on my backups.

  127. Tari Lawson says:

    I really like that it automatically backs up your computer. I am so afraid of losing priceless info if my computer crashes.

  128. I love that you can just plug it up and use it! That saves me from having extra stuff on my computer to clog it up and it’s giving me more room aside from that!

  129. less space use as in not bulky and easy to use

  130. Scott Bergman says:

    I really like how it separates out different types of files so you can choose to just back up music and photos.

  131. I love the storage capability. I’m a music producer so I have these huge music files I have to keep around. Having an extra something like this would make life easier. I wouldn’t have to fret about what gets deleted.

  132. I love that it supports different file types. I make Cards(invites, thankyous, announcements, etc) and use different files other then .jpg to save them with. This would be wonderful to have, I learned the hard way that backing stuff up is a good idea after my computer died last year, luckily it was just the motherboard but a big enough scare to me(would have lost all my son’s photos)

  133. Michael Kolb says:

    Thanks! Great contest!

  134. sign me up

  135. Oh I need this so badly! I love that this product automatically backs up your data, if you’ve ever had a hard drive crash on you, you know how painful it is to have lost all of your work, movies, and personal things.
    I work as an artist, so I have so much stuff that gets saved to my computer daily. So many scanned images, photographs, textures and templates get saved to my computer, combined with digital artwork and then all bills and client information.
    I have never known that you could get a portable hard drive that would back up your files automatically. With this I could make sure to have this connected to have all of my new files saved, and not lose my work. I love that it has so much, you don’t have to worry about it not having enough GB left.

    Thank you for this giveaway, this is an amazing prize!

  136. Cody Endres says:

    I like all the format it handles. This could really help me organize all my music together! Thanks for the opportunity.

  137. Robin Bullock says:

    I really like the fact that there’s no software to install. Beautiful.

  138. My favorite feature is that it automatically finds and backs up the data on the PC. This will help me because I am not all that technology savvy and seem to forget some files when I back up and then they are lost.

  139. back-up and size

  140. Terry Mayer says:

    Backing up your stuff is a great idea — no make that a necessity!!!

  141. Size & capacity

  142. Chaim Weisswasser says:

    oh also one more thing i forgot to say is that the most amazing feature i like is that it auto updates the backup when idle

  143. it has no power cord and i just happened to have an empty USB port!

  144. Chaim Weisswasser says:

    hi im a huge fan of HP first of all i buy all their products and recommend them to people also the software looks really cool i would love this ,im an IT Pro

  145. I love the high number of file space it can save because I take A LOT of pictures, not to mention that I’m a Graphic Design student so LOTS of projects too.

  146. This would be awesome to keep my files backed up while I am writing (trying for that Great American Novel).
    Thanks for this great give-away.

  147. I love the plug and play feature as it wounds even easy enough for me to do! It would be great to have someplace to store all the pictures and videos of our little one.

  148. I love the plug and play storage feature ~ sounds easy enough even for me! It will help keep all our precious little one’s pictures safe.

  149. I like the idea of this HP hard drive looks like something myself/spouse can use here at home..

  150. Simply the best to win it free.

  151. Sherry Fraser says:

    I love so many things about this. I like the idea that it doesn’t need power, that it is so small and also that it is quiet. I have an old external hd that is clunky, needs power and sounds like a jet. I hope I win this one!

  152. Paulina Masson says:

    I really like the feature, that you don’t have to backup ALL files every time, only the ones which changed. That’s very sweet!

  153. I like the HP SimpleSave HD because it is so easy to use. It would make me more at ease by backing up all of my photos and iTunes music.

  154. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    USB powered. one less worry about cables

  155. Michele McLaughlin says:

    I love the portability.

  156. Mark Price says:

    This size is perfect for traveling.

  157. We currently can’t use our CD driver so when backing up our computer, we won’t have to lose everything and have to start from scratch!

  158. What a great way to backup your system and I love that it is portable. Thanks.

  159. I like the auto updates. Beats me manually backing up my file to an external drive.

  160. Jeffrey Beckett says:

    I like that it can back up more than one computer and keep track of which is which.

  161. I love all the file types it supports. I can back up my ipod!

  162. Kathy Luman says:
  163. Kathy Luman says:

    I love that it supports so many different formats.

  164. Deborah Stinson says:

    I love how simple it is. I have 8 or so backup discs in case of hard drive failure and with the Simple Drive, there’s no more need for those. Plus it does it for you instead of you having to select files to save, etc. Great little gadget!

  165. chris swan says:

    WOW I like that you don’t have to tell it which files to bu. Great.

  166. I like it can auto backup multiply computers with each of its own name. This makes backup a lot easier.

  167. the simplicity.

  168. I love that it saves all different kinds of files, from photos to music to documents. It’s perfect for my needs! And 320 GB is a lot of space too!

  169. its portable for sharing stuff with peeps

  170. I like that the HP SimpleSave external drive automatically backs up your computer and you can use this on multiple computers!

  171. karenmed409 says:

    Like most is that it is portable and easy to install, cut the cost and time to burn Cd’s I would use this to backup all of our photos, expense records, home work.. just about anything I burn to CD’s. karenmed406(at)comcast(dot)net

  172. adrienne Gordon says:

    love the portability, great for saving files at my clients places.

  173. I love that it is so simple!

  174. I love the portability. Something easy enough to use, keep nearby and backup important files. Thanks for the opportunity.

  175. I love the idea that it’s portable and I think it would help me out because my computer is over 3 years old and I’ve never backed up my files. *cringe* Thanks.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  176. Oh my!!! You read my mind. I have a LaCie external hard drive that I back up on…but I have to manually choose the files…which is okay I guess…except that fact that on Friday I accidentally ERASED ALL PHOTOS FROM 2008…ALL…they are not even on my desktop computer, only were on the external drive. I have spent $100 on data recovery software that recovered some of my files, but many photos have a red “x” instead of the photos. I am still praying about it, going to take it to a computer store later today for help.

    …this HP with with automatic back up, so I cant mess it up…would be GREAT!

  177. I love how small it is with a large storage space. I also like how fast it backs up your system with being so simple!

  178. I definitely love the ability to back up SO many different file formats, etc. as well as the fact that it is powered straight by the USB. I need convenience when it comes to my computer and this definitely would help!