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1 out of 5 eggs Not all bargains turn out to be bargains! 03/12/2009

This review is from: Cavalry CAUM Series 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - CAUM3701T0-B


Well made casing and cool looking unit. Great price at Newegg with $20 mail in rebate at the time I purchased making it $94.99 with free shipping..... for a 1TB external drive this was a bargain... Or so I thought!!

After researching external hard drives for day's I decided to plunge for this 1TB unit.
Ordered Sunday night Newegg got it to me by Wednesday, so Kudos to Newegg.

I had read all the reviews on this drive at various online sites and wasn't disappointed when I unpacked it. It really is a heavy but well made and sleek looking drive enclosure. Pity I can't say the same for the actual drive inside.


I backed up 62GB of data in around 90minutes using USB2 and Active@Disk image software ( trial version ) then I used the software to check the backup up image file which took another 30 mins and gave me a good result. So I moved onto backing up my C drive and that's when the problems started. After a couple of minutes the Blue light went out on the drive unit leaving just a small red glow showing through the front bezel.

The backup failed. I though maybe it was the software causing the problem so I downloaded Acronis Home 2009 and tried backing up with this. Same problem. Next I tried manually copying files over to the drive and that seemed to go ok for about 30 minutes or so then the light went out again and the backup stopped.

I did a check online and found one other reviewer on a different site who had a similar problem, so I contacted Newegg and got an RMA it's going back today.

Other Thoughts:

It's costing me 10 dollars to ship it back to Newegg. If I get a replacement and that turns out to be a dud it will cost me another 10 dollars to return that one plus I don't get the 20 dollar rebate which means I would end up with no drive and be 20 dollars out of pocket..... kinda takes the edge off shopping online.

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