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Fantom G-Force MegaDisk MDE2000 2TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 2 Disk RAID Array

  • USB 2.0 / eSATA
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Join the eSATA revolution with the G-Force MegaDisk eSATA disk drive. This drive includes both an eSATA port for maximum throughput and a USB 2.0 port for universal compatibility. The G-Force Megadisk eSATA+USB RAID features flexible and user configurable RAID operation modes or RAID 0 (disk striping) for speed, RAID 1 (Disk Mirroring) for fault tolerance, JBOD (Direct Mapping) for maximum flexibility, or Spanning for simple large volume support at bus speeds of 300MB/Sec. This high capacity disk storage offers unparalleled ease of use with a driver-free installation - just plug it in and you're up and running. G-Force MegaDisk is ideal for storing and backing-up of all your Photos, Videos, DVDs, MP3s, and important Documents.

The included Award-winning NTI Shadow offers real-time, continuous backup in addition to scheduled backup to virtually any storage device. Its powerful yet easy to use interface offers customers the ability to securely backup and safeguard their valuable data files. NTI Shadow also offers custom file type filtering, version control, drag and drop file restoring, and more. NTI Shadow supports Windows XP/2000, Macintosh OS X v 10.2.8+, and U3 Smart Devices.


Learn more about the FANTOM DRIVES MDE2000

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jay A.
  • 9/8/2012 8:47:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsKeeps on going and going and going...

Pros: I own a mobile DJ business and use this drive as my main music drive. I have owned and used it for over 3 yrs now. This unit has been seriously put through the paces, over 100 6+ hour weddings/events, there have been weeks,if not months this thing has ran continuously(probably not the smartest thing to do). NOT A GLITCH!

I own 6 ext. hard drives, mostly WD, and this Fantom. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to buy another Fantom. Honestly I'm waiting for a thunderbolt version of a 2-4TB ext., or for the SSD's to become reasonable to the avg. consumer.

I hope the Fantom's reliability has stayed as solid as this drive has been for me. I took a chance on a company I haven't heard of, and found a winner.

Cons: Not the fastest drive(USB 2.0 connection), but being purchased 3 yrs ago, I wasn't expecting blazing speed. I honestly haven't hooked it up to the esata connection but once to my desktop, and the desktop controller card was giving me problems, so I left it alone.

Loud- I have read this problem has been decreased significantly or eliminated completely with the newer ext drives from Fantom, and I had read that it was loud from reviews before I purchased it, so it wasn't a surprise.

Heavy, but durable metal casing. This thing has some bulk to it for sure.

Other Thoughts: All in all a very reliable, durable drive.

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  • John D.
  • 4/30/2010 12:14:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: For the money it is well worth it. Large capacity, zero config required. All cables are included.

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: External in-line power transformer, so no heat in case from power-supply.

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  • Tom U.
  • 4/15/2010 1:59:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorth the hassle for the money

Pros: Like others have stated it has a very nice and strong metal construction. Its quite heavy, but in my opinion thats a pro.
The speed is fast on USB, and the plug stays in tightly.
All the proper cables were included.

I have mine set to RAID 1, I like the thought of have a portable raid drive to take with me when I go places, it uses standard drivers for USB so it works on everything.

It has a nice blue light in the front thats just the perfect brightness, and a second one tuns yellow for USB activity.

Tech support was fast and friendly, sent in an email and got a response within the hour, told me exactly what needed to be done. See cons.

Cons: It wouldn't change modes from RAID 0. I would change the dial to a different mode, hit the commit button once or twice for good measure, and wait. Then I'd try hooking it to my computer and it did not recognize it. I did this numerous times hoping if I could just get it to RAID 1 I could leave it. Well, finally the commit button broke off inside the thing.
I said forget the warranty I'm opening it up, so I did, and jerry-rigged the button to work, but still the thing wouldn't switch modes.
So I contacted support and they told me I had to reformat it after each mode change, after EACH mode change. I was under the impression it reformatted itself but I was wrong. So keep that in mind, if you computer isn't recognizing it after a mode change, its because it has no file system until you format it, then its good.

Also like others said the fan is quite loud, not jet engine loud, but loud nonetheless. So while I was inside the thing, I put a resistor on the fan and quieted it right dow

Other Thoughts: I have yet to try eSata but according to other reviews the plug is a bit loose.
Also this wasn't big enough to be a con, but the drives inside were hitachi while I was expecting WD.

I wish there was a way to know which drive has failed when one fails so you can know which one to replace. As far as I can tell there isn't a way to do it..

Overall I feel it was worth it, I would probably buy it again because now I know how it works. Once its up and running it appears to be running good and strong.

It lost an egg cause of the broken button, and an egg for the stupid finicky mode switching problem. I would have taken away another star for having to void the warranty to get in the thing, but I like it too much to do that.

Like I said, I feel its worth it for how solid it is.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/3/2010 4:22:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery disappointing purchase

Pros: Easy to set up.
Appearance.
Case contains WD hard drives.

Cons: Poor Durability.
Worked Intermittently.
Extremely Loud Fan.

Other Thoughts: I bought this item in February 2009. Upon plugging it in, my roommate complained of the fan noise. He stated it was the loudest external hard drive he had ever heard.
I suspect the bearings were going out on the fan because it would make a loud whirring noise that only several (more than 10) power cycles could ameliorate. After about 11 months of use, the drive turns on, but can no longer be found on my computer when plugged in. In addition, fan no longer works either.

Just don't buy this product. It is absolute rubbish. Spend a little more on another product and save yourself the frustration.

Manufacturer Response:

From the description of your problem it sounds like the drive may need to come in for service. If you have not already done so, please contact us at customercare@fantomdrives.com

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  • Dustin S.
  • 3/5/2010 5:34:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY

Pros: Cool case.

Cons: Lasted just over a year. Now it cannot be recognized by Windows or Mac. Sent it back in to Micronet to be repaired, paying for shipping BOTH ways in addition to their parts and labor fees. When I finally get it back 3 weeks later, it STILL DOESN'T WORK! I paid $124 for nothing!! Unless you want issues and some of the worst tech support, DO NOT BUY FROM MICRONET

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback. Please note that even for non-warranty service there is an addition 90-day limited warranty. If the drive truly did not work upon return you should contact our tech support staff for a new RMA. Please contact us as customercare@fantomdrives.com

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  • Donald F.
  • 2/3/2010 4:37:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantom G-Force 2TB

Pros: Excellent storage space. Transfer rate with eSATA is awesome. The user configurable RAID is nice too. A good hard drive for the money.

Cons: The fan is a little loud but it does keep the unit cool. I have music on this one, so I'm playing my sound sysytem when the drive is running, so I can't hear it anyway. If it was going to be use as primary storage, I could see how some people might think it's a little loud.

Other Thoughts: I have 3 Pantom drive and all have provided me excellent servive.

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  • James P.
  • 1/25/2010 12:45:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUseless with RAID1

Pros: Works out of the box, dial SAFE and you have RAID1. Works fine until something goes wrong. Nice feature, that RAID1, you have 2 drives with one mirroring the other. One drive goes bad, you can replace that drive and the unit will rebuild the new drive as a mirror copy of the other drive. Data restored and RAID1 back in play. So the theory goes...

Cons: BUT.... if its still under warranty and you want MicroNet to repair it, forget about your data.

- If you open the unit to retrieve your data from one of the working drives(s), you void the warranty.

- If you decide to send it in for repair, there is no assurance that your data will remain on the drives. See RMA wording below:

The MicroNet Repair Authorization states:

"MICRONET/FANTOM DRIVES IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CUSTOMER DATA UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. IF DATA RECOVERY IS DESIRED, PLEASE SEND THE PRODUCT TO A DATA RECOVERY FIRM."

I ended up breaking the seal to get my data. Both drives were okay, it was the Fantom circuits that were defective.

Other Thoughts: What use is a sealed RAID1 enclosed drive if you void the warranty to access the drives? Useless.

I went and bought an open enclosure StarTech SAT3520U2R InfoSafe 3.5in Black USB 2.0 to Dual SATA Hard Drive Enclosure with RAID - Retail and two new drives. Can't void any warranties here!

Since it will cost me to send in the Fantom drive for repair (no warranty anymore), it will be about the same price to order a second StarTech enclosure to put the WD Caviers from my Fantom G-Force Drive.

I WILL NEVER BUY FANTOM DRIVES AGAIN.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback. We of course want you to be able to retrieve your data. When filling out the RMA request form state that you were attempting data recovery and the warranty sticker was broken. After you have secured your data, send the unit in for repair/replacement and it will be repaired under warranty. If you have any questions please call us at 1(800)800-DISK(3475) select option #2 for Technical Support or email us at support@micronet.com

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  • Mr. R.
  • 1/11/2010 12:27:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsless than great

Pros: Lots of storage. Dual interface: usb / esata

Cons: Noisy, finicky.
Caused delays booting and shutting down when attached and turned on. Did not engender confidence.

Other Thoughts: Lasted close to a year. Had 1.5 TB data backed up. Switched from usb to esata interface. Now Xp cannot see partition using either usb or esata. Could not recover partition or data using DiskInternals. Could not initialize drive.

Fail.

Note: Also have a Fantom 1TB drive which has been flawless. Would rather have two 1TB than deal with raid / modes and noisy fans in a 2TB external box. If RMA not forthcoming will likely try to pull the drives out and see if they are serviceable.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback. Please call us at 1(800)800-DISK(3475) select option #2 for Technical Support or email us at support@micronet.com so we can go over your options with you.

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  • David M.
  • 11/19/2009 11:27:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHit and miss in the longevity department

Pros: Very nice looking gear

Amazingly simple push of a button transition between RAID0 and RAID1. Fast in both modes, lightning fast in RAID0.

Cons: eSATA cable doesn't fasten into place and is VERY easy to accidentally disconnect.

1 in 3 of the drives I bought died and a 2nd is acting very peculiar.

Other Thoughts: One drive started acting funny (crashing servers) over eSATA and we were forced to down go to USB 2.0. Another drive started making a grinding noise and we lost all data only 6 months after we bought it (That'll teach us to run RAID0). The third drive has been running with extremely heavy access 24/7 for over 6 months without a problem (RAID1 mode)

If you get this use mirrored mode. Too risky to run RAID0

Manufacturer Response:

Please go to our website and fill out an RMA request form if you haven't done so already. If you have any questions please call us at 1(800)800-DISK(3475) select option #2 for Technical Support or email support@micronet.com so we can discuss your options on the repair/replacement of your unit.

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  • Alexander K.
  • 11/10/2009 10:20:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStay away from this piece of junk

Pros: There are two perfectly good 1 TB hard drives inside. In fact, that's the only reason why I am giving this parody of a product two eggs and not one.

Cons: Frigging loud; controller died after six months of use. Why the manufacturer can't use a quieter fan and why that fan has to be working all the time is beyond me.

Other Thoughts: If, after having read other people's complaints that the fan could have been a bit quieter, you are still hesitating and want to take a chance, my advise would be DON'T. Unless you really enjoy forever listening to a helicopter that is perpetually trying to land in your backyard, that is. This thing is f*n loud! In my PC, you could easily hear it over the CPU fan, four case fans, and a (rather noisy) GPU fan. Fortunately, you can buy a better, quieter fan and replace the one that came with the unit. Unfortunately, in doing so you will void the warranty, and while you won't hear the new HDD fan when the system is on, it's still annoying to listen to even the quietest fan when the PC is turned off. Naturally, you can turn the HDD unit, too. DON'T. I was turning it on and off once every single day, and now, six months later, the controller went out, so the box is essentially dead (and non-returnable). The actual HDDs inside have not been harmed, but it's of little consolation, really.

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