Summary: Plug it in and turn it on. It is ready to use in about 15 seconds depending on your computer speed. Mine came default working at 1TB so all I had to do was plug in and turn it on. Movies play perfect off of it but it is a little noisy (about as loud as a whisper). It is built like a tank compared to those plastic versions so it should take an accidental kick under the desk. One downside is the toggle switch is on the lower back of it.
Summary: I bought this product a few days back. And when I connected it, the laptop didn't recognize it. It was able to show the new hardware but no disks were being shown. I knew that the disks inside are inserted without the initial formatting. I called customer care and they asked me to open it and check the disk... It seems, warranty sticker doesn't mean anything... after opening it and formatting the drives one by one it is working good...
Summary: Less than a year ago we bought the old Calvary CADB001U32 external harddrive, and I couldn't be happier. It is built like a tank, had USB and SATA connections...the only complaint (like others have listed) is it is LOUD when the fan is on, which makes the fan off option handy. Much louder than my 1 Terabyte Western Digital My Book external drive (which does not have a fan built in, not sure how safe that is).
Great price, inconvenient drive reconfiguration, poor tech support.
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9 September 2009
Summary: Fuzzy Wuzzy's Summary: Recommended with warm fuzzies. Previous reviews also mentioned that the fan could be turned off separate from the drives. But with the unit that I received, there is only one power switch, and turning that on turns on both the drives and fan. So now the fan has to run when the drive is turned on, which is probably a good thing given the compact form factor of the case.
Summary: I bought two of these things to store my digital music collection on (which is approximately 1.6TB). These replaced my old set of 250GB LaCie drives. Clearly, I favor the more reasonably priced drives. The first thing that struck me relative to my old LaCie drives is how much more solid the construction of the drive housing on the Cavarly drives is. They are pleasingly designed metal boxes, which 3 lights on the front.
Summary: Nice cheap plentiful backup storage. I recommend it for this kind of use. I wouldn't use it as primary storage because the fan is very loud. There's a manual on-off switch to control the fan but it's not clear if the drives will or will not overheat if the fan is turned off, so I leave it on to be safe.
Summary: Other purchasers have complained about the loud fan so I was expecting the worst. I wasnt nearly as put off by the noise from the fan as other users have been. Its all relative, I guess. I am only using the drive to store music and video, so I only turn it on when I need to transfer data to or from the drive. It transfers data very quickly. So far I am very pleased!
Summary: 1 TB of potential storage. Actually it's two disks, initially set up to mirror each other, in case one disk bites the dust. In that configuration, you get "only" 500 GB of storage capacity, but a little more security. You can reconfigure it to use the full 1 TB if so desired. A little noisy, but since I use it only for backup, that's not much of an issue.