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Pros: Bottom portion where the usb and power plug in very easily pops off to serve as a HDD dock.
When bottom is removed the hard drive in the big black case has its sata and power connections directly accessable so you can install this into your computer as an internal drive
None of this will void warrenty
Hard drive was 100% funtional in a constant 15hour test/benchmark with reading and writing and then proved to have no bad sectors and consistent speeds. Max through usb3.0 transfer speeds were 150MB/s and down to approx 70MB/s across the drive.
Most likely a very reliable and long lasting external drive if it is not abused.
Cons: On forums there was mention that the dock must have a hard drive with 4k sectors/blocks. I have not tested this.
DID NOT HAVE ST3000DM001 internal drive as expected but had "ST3000DM003"
Drive is a 5900rpm drive and therefore SLOWER than the ST3000DM001 by approx 25%.
Speculation: As the model number of the hdd is only off by the last digit i believe that this IS the ST3000DM001 but its firmware has been changed to operate at 5900rpm instead of 7200rpm. I expect that this change improves the devices lifespan and decreases temperatures.
Other Thoughts: All in all a very reliable drive and fairly fast for an external or internal drive. Just remember its a 5900rpm drive.
Bought it local at Costco for more $ because i wasn't patient :(
As always buying an external drive is a shot in the dark on what is inside. I hear the STBV3000100 is almost a sure bet on it being a ST3000DM001 inside
Reviewed By:vorc,6/18/2013 6:18:06 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week. Did you find this review helpful?
Pros: Very small reliable Raid Array that protects your data with redundant drives. Installing higher capacity or replacing failed drives can be done on the fly. Thunderbolt (TB) pass through to mini-displayport monitors (or other TB devices) works when the drive is powered off.
Cons: No NAS, Thunderbolt technology is limited to Macs. 2.5" 9.5mm drives max out at 1TB so I'm max'd out @ 4x 1TB. Cost - At $600+ this is waaay too expensive. I got mine on sale for less than 1/2 that cost. Fans are louder than I would like.
Reviewed By:N/A,6/18/2013 5:05:29 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: Very small Light weight No anoying LED Nice, short cable Quiet !!!!
Cons: Seems a little slow for USB 3.0
Other Thoughts: Using Win7 64bit, with the same 3.0 cable plugged into the same ETRON 3.0 controller add-in card I got here at nu-egg, this Seagate expansion drive is giving me slower speeds then my 1tb WD my passport 3.0 drive. I'm copying a 668gb folder with digital comic files, music files, movie files, and some pictures all catagorised in seperate folders within one main folder. This drive was bought as my 3rd physical back-up for these precious digital files I wish to save. I'm getting a sustained 25mb a second transfer speed with this Seagate but I'll get a sustained 39mb a second with my WD copying the exact same file. While this is not a big deal to me since I'm just copying/pasting a folder and walking away to do other things, its only noticeable since I've come back hours later to see it's still copying when the WD was done much faster the day before. Files contained within specified folders are from 3-6mb music, 11-20mb comics, and movies from 1.5-3.9gb in size(idk about pics but they are from an 11mp camera)
I cant comment on if it gets hot since it's sitting on top of the 240mm case fan that's on top of my Antec 1200 case.
For the price to size ratio it's a great deal for the $59 I paid for it, and its doing its job of sitting in my drawer until I need to add more files to it. Hopefully it lasts a long time since it's not being used much at all.
Reviewed By:N/A,6/17/2013 8:41:58 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Cons: This hard drive does not always turn off even when the computer is off. I have had this hard drive running for over a day (spinning) while the computer is off. If it is unplugged then the only way I can get the computer to recognize it again is to plug it into a different USB. So far, I have been able to get it to come back up after messing with it a few times but I am sure it is going to go bad on me soon. I am buying a different one so that I don't lose all my data.
Reviewed By:Jim L,6/17/2013 7:20:12 PM
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Pros: Sleek, lightweight, attractive in a very Apple way
Cons: The drive failed during the warranty period but I didn't have a Sales Receipt
Other Thoughts: Yay Verbatim Customer Support!
I had a Verbatim Wallet Drive that failed. It had been a gift for Christmas a year and a half ago so I had no receipt.
I submitted a Tech Support request for troubleshooting that was answered in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, nothing they suggested worked.
I called Customer Support and, through escalation, was able to get an exception to the Sales Receipt requirement and an RMA for my defective drive.
I sent the defective drive in last Wednesday. Today, less than a week later, I got acknowledgment that my return had been received and shortly thereafter a FEDEX tracking number for my replacement HD
Reviewed By:dancote,6/17/2013 2:22:56 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year. Did you find this review helpful?
Pros: Speedy drives, lots of room of course, look good
Cons: Sometimes the USB connection on some of the drives doesn't seem to make a perfect connection so I get an error on the PC when first plug it in and turn it on. Easy to fix by unplugging the drive and plugging it back in.
Other Thoughts: I have 6 of these, 1 for daily backups and the other 5 for rotating backups.
Unrelated to the drives themselves, Newegg as usual handled the order promptly. One of the many reasons I keep coming back.
Reviewed By:N/A,6/17/2013 11:08:02 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Cons: Non-standard USB connector Buffalo DriveNavigator software feels incredibly dated, like something from the Windows 95 era. And it installs to the root of the C: drive by default (can't remember if there was an option to change this). In my experience, these drives aren't living up to the hype bestowed upon them by various review sites including CNET.
Other Thoughts: I purchased 4 of these on May 27 to use as rotating backups for my 2x3TB Seagate SATA 6.0Gb/s drives (model Constellation ES.2 ST33000651NS) that are connected via SATA 6.0Gb/s to a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH motherboard.
The DriveStations arrived quickly and were well packaged. The enclosure for the drives is plastic and feels kind of cheap, but I'm sure it will stand up to normal use.
Upon connecting one to a USB 3.0 port on a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH motherboard and prior to installing the DriveNavigator software, I used Windows Explorer to copy ~100 GB consisting almost entirely of large (>100 MB) files from one of the Seagates to the DriveStation. I was disappointed to only average about 140 MB/s with peaks of about 170 MB/s. This test was repeated with all 4 drives and the results were very similar.
I then installed the DriveNavigator software, verified that the motherboard's BIOS was up to date (it was), and verified that Windows 8 was fully patched and up to date (it was). The test was repeated and there was no noticeable difference in write speeds.
As a final test, I connected one of the drives to a different PC that is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and has an Intel motherboard (BOXDH77DF). I was copying large files from a Samsung 840 SATA 6.0Gb/s SSD drive and once again barely averaged 140 MB/s.
The main reason I bought these drives was for the advertized write speeds. On the box Buffalo shows a write speed of 408.1 MB/s when using an Intel 3770K, 4GB DDR3, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H, and Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. The box compares the 408.1 MB/s of the DriveStation to 172.9 MB/s for a standard USB 3.0 hard drive and 35.8 MB/s for a standard USB 2.0 hard drive.
Since I wasn't even at the top-end of the "standard USB 3.0 hard drive" range, I decided to email Buffalo support. They were quick to reply, but this was their response:
"Thank you for contacting Buffalo Technologies, I apologize for any inconvenience.
We here at the Buffalo support team are responsible for ensuring the basic operation of our devices. There are too many variables for us to accurately diagnose read/write speeds on external hard drives. As such, I'm afraid I can offer no suggestions on how to improve the performance of the unit."
I can understand their point, but they could have at least suggested something to try. Like trying a 3rd party file copy utility like TeraCopy (which is something I plan to try when time permits). And it's not like my test environments were totally different from the one that apparently achieved the 408.1 MB/s write speed.
To anyone considering this drive for the advertized write speeds: don't expect any help from Buffalo support if your results fall short of their claims.
Reviewed By:earl9094,6/16/2013 12:02:07 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.