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Quantum TR100-CTDB-S1BA Black External USB 2.0 Interface RDX Hard Drive with Docking Station

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  • USB 2.0 Interface

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Capacity & Interface

Native Capacity
USB 2.0

Physical Spec

7" x 4.32" x 2.04"
1.19 lbs.
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Cody F.
  • 11/6/2012 7:57:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsHigh Quality & Durable International Unit

Pros: 1. It has international power adaptors. Specifically, you attach the proper plug into the power unit for the location you're in (as in different outlet types and power ratings). I did not realize this initially but looking at it and the other parts in the box further I realized you attach the plug (more like slide it into) to the power portion (which then has a cable that is attached to the back of the station, if I recall). I seem to remember there was something already attached to it that one must remove first but that may be me remembering wrong.
2. The docking station is durable and nicely built.
3. It includes the docking station, the drive, cables and documentation. I cannot remember what's on the CD (as in anything beyond documentation).
4. I don't like Microsoft and I don't like Apple more so and most certainly do not use their products. This works fine out of the box in Linux distributions as long as you have USB support and the appropriate support in your kernel (or modules loaded for your loaded kernel). Any recent release from any distribution should have the support by default but if not you can still make it work with installing the support you need. See other thoughts though.
5) It's 1TB. I wouldn't mind more than that but even with the prices it's nothing compared to even 1GB in the older days (for those who remember those times).
6) This could be seen as a pro or con depending on who you ask( based on the time I bought this originally (being April/2012) ): The entire package comes with the disk and docking station, cables and everything else needed. It is true the cartridges are expensive but if they're going to be that way, then it's better to have them be no more expensive than the entire system. So although it was $400 at that time (and I see it is now less), the disks themselves were that round that time.
7) The cartridges are also durable.

I'm sure there's more but these are some things that come to my mind at this time.

Cons: 1. As I wrote above the disks are expensive. Depending on your perspective though it can be good or bad. The truth is that backup drives typically have been expensive. When I say backup I do not mean CDs, DVDs or Bluray or similar as those have much smaller capacity and when you take into account daily backups it would be quite expensive (and live file systems on cd/dvd/bd has more risks and as I recall other issues). You do get what you pay for and if you are serious about your data (and you should be) then you should act seriously with it.
2. I do not consider this a con but some might so I am putting it here. Although it would be nice if the cartridge itself is not a hard drive itself it seems it is: indeed, when you slide the disk in to the unit you will see a sata connector. The unit itself is attached to the computer via USB but the cartridge is not. See other comments too.

Other Thoughts: On Linux support: I have used distributions ranging from Linux From Scratch, to Gentoo (and other compiling based distributions) as well as Debian (itself; not derivatives), redhat (and most of its derivatives), and many others. I've also used SunOS/Solaris, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and others. At one point I was working on my own distribution (not rebranding) and although that was fun it is unrealistic for productivity (without a team). My point of all that though is this: I currently use Linux only and the specific distribution I use this on is Fedora (which stays up to date). I also have CentOS here but that uses an iomega REV drive (pretty much same requirements as this). So while I use this unit with Fedora I have not used it on the others. But the kernel isn't the operating system itself so as long as you have usb support (hardware and kernel) and the appropriate modules (or compiled into your kernel) loaded you should be fine. The packages may be named differently on different distributions but they should be available in your distributions software repository.

On the hard drive or not: I admit I would prefer it be more like REV because it's not relying on mechanical parts. But it isn't so do keep that in mind. I have a REV drive and while I like it too I don't see or hear much of them these days and that's why I went here. It is expected too: RDX is a different technology. I am mentioning all this because some times people may or may not get upset, feel they've been misled or whatever else.

If would recommend either of them but like everything, it's not set in stone and you need to research and decide for yourself what works best for you (or for your company).

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