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

  • 3TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA interface options
  • PC + MAC compatible
  • Stylish brushed black aluminum enclosure
  • Quite Fan-free design
  • Easy Installation

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Walter S.
  • 1/14/2016 8:38:53 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSystem Improvements but short life

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

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: I dropped the rating down from 5 eggs to 3. This drive did not last 2 years. 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. I have a external drive I built 3 years ago and it is working better than this Fantom drive did.

Other Thoughts: Now that this drive is dead and no longer in warranty I will attempt to retrieve my data I had been contemplating getting the parts and building an external storage like this, but I found this to be a much better value at the time as this was just plug and play. I have had good experience in the past with Fantom drive products. From know on I will build my own external drives. This way I can maximize the warranty on the components.

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  • Brian M.
  • 9/5/2015 4:15:30 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy - they don't last

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

Pros: None -- drives will generally not last beyond the 1-year. I've had two of these that die at the 15 - 18 months mark. Dead as dead.

Don't waste your money. Or, don't use the drives for anything that matters to you.

Cons: Poor life-expectancy. Expect these drives to crash and burn soon after the 1-year warranty expires.

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  • Etienne B.
  • 3/7/2015 12:28:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWindows NT Drops the drive on sleep

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

Pros: Fast 3TB. had a previous Fantom drive that has lasted more than 5 years and still working like a champ. The insides of that drive was a caviar WD. I bought this Fantom drive based on that previous experience.

Cons: I've own this drive for 8 months and Windows 7 has started to drop the drive on sleep. I had it connected by sata and moved it to USB 3, for a month it seemed to solve the problem but now USB has started to do it too. Last thing I did was modify my power options for USB settings and disabled the USB selective suspend setting disabling "Plugged In" but that didn't help. The only way to wake up this drive is by yanking the USB 3 cable out and reconnecting it. I'm debating if contacting the manufacturer, I'm running out of things to try.

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  • Raymond J.
  • 11/5/2014 3:52:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Good for DVR

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

Pros: good price

Cons: did not work with my DVR

Other Thoughts: moved drive to different enclosure. everything is fine now

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

1 out of 5 eggsBad first impression

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

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
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

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

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
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad drive controllers

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

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
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood drive so far

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

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
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBad Blocks.

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

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
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLots of bad blocks.

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

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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