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Pros: Fast, SATA III ,3 year warranty, Hitachi technology with 1GB per platter.
Good price per GB at the time of purchase in this terrible HDD price gouging market. $99 for 2TB a the time of purchase with 10% off with V.ME checkout :D
Extremely, good packaging!
Runs cool, under a constant 1.5TB transfer each to the drives they never went above 35c, a single 200mm fan is blowing on them in a HAF912 case as they are stacked right on top of each other.
Cons: Confusing packaging, it says PH3200U on the box but the sticker on the drive drive says DT01ACA200
For a retail drive it does not come with a SATA cable
My system would not boot when I used a translucent SATA II cable, had to switch to a solid SATA II cable.
3 drives failed within a month out of this batch almost 3 years later. Be warned. I purchased 4 of these drives on 6/23/2013 in 10/2015 1 drive failed and I was able to submit it for replacement on acclaim.toshibadotcom. Now is 1/2016 and 2 more drives failed, when I go to submit for warranty replacement, it is no longer available. Instead you receive this message "Store Credit With this option, Toshiba will provide an Acclaim Code credit for use at ToshibaDirect. You can use the Acclaim Code credit towards the purchase of anything they sell. The value of the Acclaim Code credit is marked-up to cover the current price of your product, plus sales tax, and shipping. You'll see the actual value of the Acclaim Code credit on the next page. So I paid 89.99 per drive and I receive a credit for 169.81 per drive but the drives sold on Toshiba Direct only have a 2 year warranty Proof of purchase not required and return of defective drive not required. After I fill out all the info I receive a JBWEB000065: HTTP Status 404 - /support/jsp/.jsp error and cannot continue. So now I am stuck to buy 4 more drives from Newegg instead of claiming the warranty on these drives.
Other Thoughts: The PH3200U is the same as the DT01ACA200. Just one is retail and have 3 year warranty and the other is OEM and have 2 years. I also ordered the 3TB OEM version.
I ordered 4 2TB drives total, I was shipped the original OEM box that Toshiba shipped Newegg. Inside that single box contained 4 smaller boxes, inside each smaller box was a complete enclosed styrofoam box, inside that styrofoam box was the drive sealed in the antistatic bag. Talk about packaging!! Inside each box you will also find the warranty card stating 3 YEAR WARRANTY.
A month ago all 3 of my ST32000542AS started having daily increasing Bad Sectors and Reallocated Sectors the only one that did not have an issue was the ST2000DL003-9VT166. Funny, because it was just one month after the 1 year warranty was over! I said "F this" an swapped out all 4 of the Seagate drives and will never buy another Seagate drive again.
I did not do any benchmarks but transferring 1.5TB of data from each Seagate drive to these drives peaked out about 110MB/s, all one to one; using ICH7 onboard SATA II controller, I am sure it will peak higher with SATA III controllers and SATA III drives. Don't know if it makes a difference but I also used SATA II cables
I was going to go with WD drives but with their inconsistent head parking, intellipower, and naming conventions you have to read many reviews just to know which version you want.
Looking to pick up 8 more and place in RAID5 when prices come down.
Pros: It does what its suppose to.
No wall wart.
Nice soft touch
Charging Android, IOS, and Blackberry (sigh) phones at the same time with no issues.
Cons: The USB ports are upside down. I almost broke the ports trying to jam in a USB cable the correct way only to discover the ports on this device are upside down. All this could have been solved if they just placed the IQ logo on the other side of the device.
Other Thoughts: Other than the USB ports being upside down this is a great device.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast 7200 RPM
Great when on sale for 99 or less
Cons: No sata cable or screws included.
Price when not on sale.
Other Thoughts: Be aware the the 3 year warranty is not from the date you purchased the drive, it is from the date stamped on the drive!
For instance, i brought 4 of these drives last year in November and the date on the drive was September 2013. Yesterday i brought 5 more and the date on the drives were October 2013 so thats about 5 months of the warranty already gone.