Packard Bell Store and Save 3500 review

Pre-empt disaster by keeping all your data backed up

The 3500 has a whopping 500GB of storage space on board

TechRadar Verdict

A backup solution with huge capacity and easy-to-use software


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    500GB of storage


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    Vast storage may be overkill for many

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Backing up your personal data is an often overlooked aspect of laptop maintenance. Although high-capacity external hard drives tend to be expensive, the Packard Bell Store and Save 3500 (£130 inc. VAT) is a valuable and usable choice.

With its 500GB capacity, there's more than enough storage space to back up the contents of more than three of the largest laptop drives. Connect the included power supply and USB cable, and you're instantly ready to start backing up your files.

For automating data back-up tasks, Packard Bell Data Secure software is included. By selecting the files and folders you want to back up, the software runs in the background and saves your data at predefined dates.

The 3500 is both usable and dependable, so why wait for a disaster to remind you of the benefits of backing up your files? was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.