Excerpt: Really easy setup/configure. Very quiet operation. Super fast write. The only minor nits to pick are wall-wart plug; I prefer std plug w/inline transformer for added space at wall outlet. I'd also like a much higher quality case. This unit has very light-duty plastic case compared to my Seagate and WD drives. Of course its much faster than any ext drive from those firms but the premium price should provide a more premium quality case, imo.
Excerpt: Longtime loyalist to @ but recommended to take a look at B&H. Glad that I did, which is where I bought this hd. Did some research on reviews which were either kudos or curses that seemed to be based on possible defects early on. Price was right and I knew what I was getting. Quiet, fast, even though using USB 2.0 for now. Very pleased I bought it. Only minor inconvenience is very short USB cable that comes with hd and plug-in ports are in back of hd.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast
Pros: Drive works well. It is fast and quiet. Average dimension sizes and basic design drive. Of course the formatting really brings all these drives capacities by 10% and this one is no exception. One of the proprietary software is useful and appears to help speed the file copying process possibly due to the large drive cache.
Cons: No on/off button. The drive automatically turns itself on/off with a signal from the computer. Drive enclosure does not appear to be well designed, which is more apparent in the rear connections as it seems to not quite fit well together. I hope it has nothing to do with the quality of the hardware inside. It is made in China, even if the corporate address is in Texas US.
Summary: Delivery to my house was a bit slow... but UPS was having an unprecedented overflow of delivery requests this Christmas... so I will cut them some slack for that. The vendor clearly lived up to their end of the bargain...The product came out of the box clean, and installed quickly. It appears to be very solidly constructed. I expected a bit quicker backup, but still was much faster than my previous IOMEGA 1 Terabite hard drive.
Summary: Setup was brainless, and most of the time it performs much like an internal drive. My only complaint is that it occasionally "stutters" (stops working for a few seconds), usually during some sort of structural disk activity (i.e.: moving or renaming a directory). Still it was well worth the price.
Fast and quiet drive, cache may be of limited value
Kevin R., Newegg
11 September 2013
Summary: Like many external drives these days, there is no power switch. It will spin up when the computer wakes up and spin down when the computer hibernates or powers off.
Pros: Installation was easy. Like any modern USB drive, I plugged it in and it just worked. The computer recognized it as a 1.81 TB NTFS disk (2,000,298,872,576 bytes, or a hair over 2 TB using the drive manufacturers' power-of-ten definition of GB and TB).
Cons: I only observed the cache in obvious use in one scenario, when reading back a file smaller than 1 GB immediately after writing it, and only the first time this file was read. That's unexpected and it's difficult to understand why that would be the case. I can understand not caching the writes to preserve data integrity in case of power loss, but discarding the cache contents after a read makes no sense to me.
Excerpt: This is a pretty awesome drive. I bought two for my backup system for all of my wedding photography files and so far it has been super solid. The software installation for the MegaCache Accelerator was iffy & I am still not sure if it worked correctly but the drive is fast and build well.