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High Quality & Durable International Unit
This review is from: Quantum TR100-CTDB-S1BA Black External USB 2.0 Interface RDX Hard Drive with Docking Station
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.
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.
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.
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