ABSPlus 160GB laptop backup review

Can a new portable hard drive make backing up less tedious?

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Our Verdict

Not the simplest option around, but it works very well


  • Quick and easy to restore
  • Full recovery from drive if necessary


  • Awkward installation process

The main difference between the ABSplus and its competitors is that it offers a full system restore from the drive, giving you complete disaster recovery if needed. This is aimed at corporate users, but it's still immensely useful for home users in the event of a total PC crash.

For those looking for a simple back-up drive, one downside of the BounceBack is that the software has to be installed onto all PCs. This makes the experience a little more long-winded than it needs to be, but once the system is set up, backing up is fast: the ABSplus 160GB is blessed with speedy transfer rates, with a large folder writing at 16MBps.

Restoring data is easy and quick, and files can be accessed from the drive at any time and restored to their original locations or a predefined folder. The ABSplus is a back-up drive with plenty of useful features, then, but given the complexity of operation, those looking for simple functionality might want to look elsewhere.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Product FamilyABSplus
Drive Width2.5"
Brand NameCMS Products
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity160 GB
Rotational Speed5400 rpm
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0
Height28.6 mm
Width76.2 mm
Depth127 mm
  • Plug & Play
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 1.1

OS Support:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows Vista
ManufacturerCMS Products, Inc
Product NameABSplus Notebook Hard Drive
Product LineABSplus
Manufacturer Part NumberV2ABS-160
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.cmsproducts.com
Marketing Information

ABSplus Notebook Hard Drive perfect solution for your backup and storage needs. With this portable product you get plenty of extra storage, effortless backup and disaster recovery. This product is designed for laptop. In the event of a corrupted or failed hard drive, this product can be fitted into your laptop for fast disaster recovery.

Package Contents
  • ABSplus Notebook Hard Drive
  • CMS BounceBack Ultimate
  • Copy2go
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)198.4 g