Reviews and Problems with Iomega Prestige Desktop 640GB
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Crashed after two years.
11 March 2013
Summary: I had one of these for two years before it crashed on me. I lost over 1500 photos and about 12 hours of video. I purchased two of these back then and needless to say; I've already copied the files I have on the other one that didn't crash onto a different brand of external HDD. It's crushing to lose something I can't replace.
Summary: I had this drive for less than a year and the red "drive failure" light went on. After some run around got a replacement (which is refurbished), only to find that it would never mount on my imac (the infamous "DOA" that so many reviews refer to). It really isn't that hard to find a hard drive that can last more than a year. I never realized what terrible quality this company produces until I, unfortunately, had experienced three of them (three of three now dead).
Summary: Had one that crashed after ~ 3 years. Before that, this hard drive would become disconnected and reconnected randomly although it was securely placed on a desk. It turns out that the power adaptor was frequently overloaded that caused the drive to shut down unexpectedly, eventually damaged the hard disk! In other words, the power supply is not robust enough to properly spin their hard disks.
Summary: Although this product hasn't failed yet, the hard drives make clicking noises and the unit itself makes a ton of fan noises. It is EXTREMELY loud. Also, the power supply went out within the first year. Luckily Imogema replaced it rather quickly. I don't trust my important data w/ it - even tough I use it as RAID device. I often back it up. I wouldn't buy another one due to the noise and instability of the unit.
Summary: When I was thinking of a high capacity storage solution, a friend suggested that I try out Iomega 34440. When I plugged it in to my Mac Pro and started transferring the files, I found the transfer rate reached up to 800Mbps which is pretty fast enuf for me. My Mac Pro has a FireWire 800 and I think this hard drive is an apt one for it. I also love the speed the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 delivers.
Summary: This drive is fast--much faster than I expected. I am using RAID 0 since usable space (4 TB) is more important than mirroring and other such RAID features, as this is the back-up drive for three other drives with a total capacity of 4 TB.( I also have an off-site back-up.) My only complaint is that it has a "brick" power cord rather than an internal supply. I'v got enough bricks laying around on the floor! Plus, bricks usually have power cords twice as long as necessary.
Iomega's larger drives don't work with Mac OS 10.5 & USB
3 August 2010
Summary: Don't believe the company line that this disk comes already formatted or that it will work for a Macintosh running OS X. It doesn't work with OS 10.5. And when you go to Disk Utility to format it, you get an I/O error. I was finally able to format the first one of these I got, using a Mac with OS 10.4 and by changing the dip switches on the back of the drive (this, after spending quite a few hours on the phone with their technical support--who hadn't a clue as to why...
Summary: Nice product, love the fact I have redundancy for my data. Also realy like the Firewire (and/or USB) hub, got my FW800 card reader daisy chained and the data flies around. Struggled a bit to set it up but that is because I got the Mac same day and I'm new to Mac. Good product, shame about the user !