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TOSHIBA 3 GB HD in Retail Box 01/04/2014
The drive arrived in a Newegg box that had been through the postal service crusher with a corner bent. The retail packaging had a quality foam container which completely surrounded the drive and protected it. I really like the Toshiba packaging. The drive itself was sealed in an antistatic bag. Having read of all sorts of problems others hand with 3tb drives, I took care to read up on the larger 3tb installs and watched a good Youtube video of the process. I installed the drive in a recent Asus machine running Windows 7 home pro. As described the drive does not come with screws, installation guides or a SATA cable which was not a problem for me.
After turning on the computer the drive did not show up under Windows. I went through the control panel, to system and security, to administrative tools, to create and format hard disk partitions. There I configured the drive as as disk 1 - simple basic partition - GUID - GPT partition style. The GUID-GPT is critical in the setup, which allows you to use the full 3 TB (2.794.39 actual) as a single disk.
Most folks who are having problems with larger than 2tb drives have not worked out the GPT, and with older BIOS need to do a BIOS upgrade to allow the larger hard drives to be recognized by the computer.
Once installed I transferred a large back-up set to the drive and de-fragmented the drive.
So far so good, the drive is nearly silent (though my hearing is not on the cutting edge) and is singing along without a hiccup. The drive comes with a three year warranty per the paperwork in the box which was worth the additional ten dollars I could have saved with a two year OEM drive.
I caught it on sale for what I considered a competitive price. I went with this one after watching large drives for some time, and reading a lot of bad reviews of some of the mainline brands larger drives.
The drive was made in China - (what is not) not a full retail "kit" so SATA cable and screws need to be provided by the purchaser. Install instructions with the 3TB drives would probably save a lot of RMAs and/or bad reviews.
Newegg packaging tends to be the item in the bottom of a box with air packs on top of the item. This allows shock to the bottom of the item. It would be better to have insulation around all of the item to prevent problems. The superior product packaging probably saved the day with this shipment.
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