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Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

  • USB 3.0 & eSATA Interface options
  • PC + Mac compatible
  • Quiet fan-free design
  • 7200 RPM Drive
  • Stylish brushed black aluminum enclosure
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Samuel C.
  • 9/14/2014 2:30:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad first impression

This review is from: Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

Pros: Bang for buck if it would work!

Cons: My brand new Apple Mac Pro can't read it or do anything with it, even though it is supposed to be Mac compatible. My old PC with XP doesn't even see it at all. Not user friendly to me, since I'm not a high tech geek. Gonna have to get my money back if New Egg doesn't resolve this asap.

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  • Edgar M.
  • 7/30/2014 5:45:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

This review is from: Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

Pros: The writing speed using the USB 3.0 is impressive. Very convenient power switch, so it does not have to be on all the time only when you need it. Very we'll made steel case. Over will recommend to others.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: If you are in look for one make sure you look for specials.

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  • Doug C.
  • 7/29/2014 4:39:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad drive controllers

This review is from: Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

Pros: I like the rugged case and the two fast interfaces.

Cons: I'd bought one earlier in the year that wouldn't connect at all. We sent it in for a new controller and it was returned within a couple of weeks and has worked fine since. I figured that was a fluke as I'd previously purchased 1TB and 2TB versions of similar models of Fantom drives with no problems in the past. My younger brother has had problems with all his Fantom drives.
This new 3TB drive connects sporadically and then drops after about five minutes of data transfers. I've opened a ticket to send it in for service. If they can fix their drives then they ought to be selling them in working condition. I probably won't risk the additional time and expense to have another repaired and will look for another make and model of drives next time.

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  • Chris M.
  • 7/23/2014 1:11:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsGood drive so far

This review is from: Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

Pros: Works out of the box with windows 7 Drive remains cool, and does not overheat during prolonged transfers

Cons: no eSATA cable included.... cant blame them as most will likely use usb 3.0

Other Thoughts: Bought this to backup my entire system (512 SSD primary + 2Tb mechanical storage ) Previously i had purchased a seagate external which kept overheating during prolonged backup transfers... eventually i ripped it out of the encousre and just mounted it inside my tower.
I wanted an external drive incase a fire or other disaster occurs in my home, i can "grab and go"

So far this drive is solid, and just works.

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  • Richard S.
  • 7/20/2014 12:55:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBad Blocks.

This review is from: Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

Pros: Linux Compatible as well. Just divide the drive into multiple partitions (NTFS, EXT4, whatever). But, be sure to test the drive during formatting (or before formatting) - mine has lots of bad blocks, and they weren't marked at the factory. :(

The aluminum enclosure helps to keep it cool as well.

Cons: Lots of unmarked bad blocks are present in my drive.

Using USB 3.0, read/write testing of my Linux partition (ext4, 1.6TB, 'e2fsck -vcck /dev/sdc2') will take about 40 hours. Maybe that issue is caused by my MB interface, but I have just bought an eSATA bracket, so that I can run with that interface on the back of the computer.

Other Thoughts: So, if you buy this drive, be SURE to read/write test for bad blocks - before or during format of the drive. Without such testing, your backups can't be trusted.

I'm using the drive for backups, not "production".

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  • Richard S.
  • 7/20/2014 12:23:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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3 out of 5 eggsLots of bad blocks.

This review is from: Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

Pros: Big drive, dual interfaces, enclosure with fan. Doesn't try to draw power from USB (12VDC plugin adapter included).

Cons: Seems nice, until I tried to use it. The drive shows clean statistics on SMART, but contains numerous bad blocks.

Drive contains numerous unmarked bad blocks (should have been caught and marked at the factory.) Fortunately, Linux/EXT4 detected the failed blocks upon writing them. I'm now running an fsck 'badblocks' read/write test.

Other Thoughts: Planned usage is only for backups. USB 3.0 might be faster than USB 2.0, but the drive is large. The Linux partition is 1.6TB, and it will take about 40 hours to finish the read/write test cycle. (I just bought eSATA bracket to provide for faster transfers.)

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  • Ryan T.
  • 7/4/2014 4:52:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast and Easy

This review is from: Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

Pros: Great external drive! Love that it comes with both eSATA and USB 3.0. Fast drive with 7200 rpm and high sustained file transfer speeds. Came ready to go right out of the box on my Windows system. Comes with a USB 3.0 cable (but no eSATA cable.)

Cons: Too bad it doesn't come with an eSATA cable (in addition to the USB 3.0 cable).

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  • Walter S.
  • 6/26/2014 11:32:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSystem Improvements

This review is from: Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

Pros: This was purchased to combine several external drives into a single drive and having the transfer rate of USB 3.0.
I divided the drive into 3 equal partitions, then moved all of the files from the older external drives. I also kept one partitioned section as the back up with an image for a full recovery should it be needed

Cons: Each partition did have to be set and formatted separately.
This was no big deal, as it only took about a total of ten minute's total.

Other Thoughts: I had been contemplating getting the parts and building an external storage like this, but I found this to be a much better value as this was just plug and play. I have also had good experience with Fantom drive products in the past.

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  • William H.
  • 6/19/2014 2:51:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Fast!

This review is from: Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3

Pros: This hard drive offers very high speeds. There are not many external drives that offer 7200rpm, but this one does with either eStata or USB 3.0 interfaces. I was able to copy files to it at a sustained speed of 87MBps!

Cons: The USB 3.0 interface interfered with my WiFi signal. This isn't a problem with the drive, just the USB 3.0 standard. Fortunately, my network offers 5GHz frequency, so that brought the interference down significantly. If you're a good distance from your network, buy an eSata cable if you computer offers it.

Other Thoughts: The LED is a little on the bright side, but can easily be fixed with some black electrical tape.

Despite a few downsides I had, I'm gladly giving this 5 eggs.

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