Summary: I searched all over the internet to be a "smart shopper". I found this to be the best price & quality combination for the type of external hard drive that I was looking for. The delivery was very fast and I'm happy with the product.
Cons: Both 3TB HDD were INOP out of the box. Out of ten plus external drive purchased in the last 2 years, this is the first out of box failure and I got two of them at the same time??? On multiple computers... one HDD will crash windows explorer when I attempt to open it and the other doesn’t even show up in Disk Management. We attempted to format one of them and every time it tries it fails.
Summary: I have purchased several of these and have had no problems. Of course, this is a desktop external hard drive and requires an AC adapter (not USB powered), but it's fine if you don't need to carry it around with you. The cost is good compared to others.
Summary: Despite the rather sad enclosure, it's still a terrific deal, especially at $109.99 with a promo code.
Pros: As others have said, this is simply an OEM 3TB Green internal drive stuffed inside a cheap USB 2.0 enclosure. SATA 6Gbps, 64MB cache, the works. It seems silly to waste another $10-30 for the same drive without an enclosure. I imagine the drive is only covered under warranty while inside the enclosure, but it's easy enough to open with a putty knife without breaking any "void if removed" seals (there aren't any), and it's a snap to put back together. Inside you'll fin...
Cons: I would have given it 5 eggs if the enclosure was usable but the quality is just too poor. No ventilation, held together by plastic clips, only USB 2.0 with a mini-USB connector at that. It's easy enough to get into for a case that wasn't designed to be opened, but there's no quick and convenient way of swapping drives even if you wanted to.
Summary: Due to the large volumes of data these drives store, it's irresponsible to encase them in a non ventilated case like what they come in. The moral, don't assume the drive is dead until you take it out and place it into a new enclosure. 4 eggs are for the drive inside the case and for the price. 0 eggs are for the horrible enclosure they come in.
Pros: + When opened up using a needle nose tweezer, and finding the clips in the case, what's in the case is a Western Digital desktop sized Caviar Green drive.
Cons: - The Western Digital Elements enclosures are terribly made, the cases are a heat trap and eventually overheat the poorly made Sata controller connected to the hard drive.
Summary: I have read that some people had problems with WD Elements drives on either the front or rear USB port. I have this 3TB unit and a 1.5TB unit and they both work on either front or rear USB port on the WD TVLive unit. I now have my collection of 15 years worth of video on hard drive and connected to the media center.
Pros: The unit is quite and works as expected. I have several USB drives on my system. I just went to the disk management utility and assigned it a drive letter and it came right up with 2.73TB of storage.