Excerpt: The first one I ordered came in DOA but the second one seems to be fine so far after about a month. Plugged in and came to life after a quick install on Windows 8. No additional drivers needed.
Summary: This is a good hard drive, and I think I have yet to explore its potential thoroughly. However, I am having difficulties with file transfers (from my Mac OS X to folders I have created in the drive). The time it takes to copy files is surprisingly long. I feel like this might be more compatible with PC than Mac. But, lots of space at a decent price. Also, the casing is very sturdy so I'm not worried about it being damaged and then losing my information.
Pros: sturdy hardware, good price, internet connectivity
Summary: Bought it on Sunday and on Monday it was the Deal of the Day for $15 less. Best Buy would not price match even though the person that I talked with on the phone said they would. I did not get my $15 refund. Not happy!
Excerpt: I loved my 3TB Hard Drive, and it was working 100% fine. Though, I had a power outage, and my computer restarted. The drive was working fine for a day after the power outage, but then it just stopped working. I don't know whether the outage had anything to do with it, but now it is not a recognizable USB device.
Summary: I actually got this drive as an opened product for 50% off. It seemed too good to be true for a 1 Tb drive. As it happens, it almost drove me crazy. As many others have pointed out, the supplied cable is horrible. Not only is it far too short, but it will disconnect if moved more than 0.1 mm. I tried all sorts of crazy things - taping down the connector with duct tape, artfully placed rubber bands, even paper clips.
Pros: It does work as stated by the other lucky reviewers-when it is awake and my old Win XP sp3 desktop sees it. And I find the Backups simple (this is where my technical knowledge is lacking) meaning that the files are backed up in a usable format - no need of the backup software to get and copy a file from the 'backup.'
Cons: My OS can't wake it up when it looks for this HDD (why the 2 D's?) and the HDD went into standby. Windows repeatedly tries to write to it without luck and I end up with several Warning boxes on screen that say I have a write failure. Bummer-this makes it extremely unreliable for the way I believe most of us like a HDD to work - be there when the PC needs to work with it WITHOUT a Human to 'shake' it awake.