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Pros: Looks nice, I like the design of the cabinet and power & eject buttons.
I don't feel like I have to worry about it falling over, or off the top of the tower cabinet.
Cons: None of my 4, HGST 4G drives could be formatted in either Paragon or Windows 7-64b managers, for over 2GB. WinDFT extended tests failed as well as erase.
I tried the Paragon/HGST tool for dealing with drives larger than 2GB but it said it could not find any >2GB drives.
So I turned the BlackX off and put one of the drives in a spare slot of my tower's drive bay and the drive is testing fine.
I tried connecting it to my Lenovo Carbon X1 laptop's USB3 port and first WinDFT failed the same way. I tried ejecting the BlackX and reconnecting it. This time the computer failed to see it. Even after a reboot, the BlackX fails to show up on the computer.
I think I have wasted enough time.
Other Thoughts: Thermaltake says the BlackX works fine for >2G drives but that is not my experience.
I checked their site but the newest firmware is dated 2012 so that doesn't give me much confidence...
This review is from: NETGEAR NTV200-100NAS NeoTV Streaming Player
Pros: low price, at least now that they have reduced it to $35. At $80, it was a loss
Cons: - very weak remote reception.
- Slow, in pretty much every area of usage.
- Remote has a keypad, but the software interface doesn't use it for anything! You end up with the one letter at a time game-show interface.
-Not the best user interface, in fact, really poor
Other Thoughts: Well, it is have the price of it's competition and it works, so that is why I gave it 3 stars.
We are able to watch shows with it, so if price is a major feature, then this is the box for you.
If I wrote this back when it was $80, I would have given it 1 star
This review is from: WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN Black
Pros: A lot of storage for it's size and weight. USB powered. Rugged case. Nice looking case. Comes with cloth cover.
This is a replacement drive as first one failed early. It has been running fine now.
Cons: First drive failed to mount cleanly after first use. I did a proper eject so that wasn't the issue. I tried mounting on 3 USB controllers and was able to see it again after the 3rd try, long enough to delete my data. The WD Utilities were worthless. The clear drive function failed. I even tried reformatting but that failed. WD eval routines also failed.
It wanted me to update my SES driver, even though I already had the latest. I tried calling WD but eventually hung up due to the wait. The website is not bad, but by that time I had already determined that I just had a dud. Duds happen to any company. I have had great luck with WD drives.
One scary thing. The first time I mounted it, I used their password utility. The one time I successfully re-mounted it, the drive no longer had any password protection. The security software seems to work on the second drive. It does have a tendency to leave drive letters used on Windows. That might be a side effect, like TrueCrypt.
The replacement drive was also very slow. It did speed up quite a bit when I changed from the Windows default of not using on-drive buffering. I have not experienced that much of a change in speed with any of my other 20+ drives between this setting. The difference in drive speed is also quite noticeable between this drive and a Seagate 1T 2.5" portable, both drives on same controller with same test data set. Of course I would expect the 1TB drive to be faster, but it is considerably faster.
Cloud stuff is nothing but instructions on how to use drop box. Marketing at it's finest! ;)
Only difference between the Ultra and a regular Passport is the name and the cloth bag. It is nice, but not worth the extra money!
Other Thoughts: The case is top notch.
I have heard that they have had QC issues with the 0n-board controller. It sounds to me like this was the issue with my first drive.
One odd thing is that with one of my USB-2 controllers, the drive made a bad clicking noise. I tried it a couple of times and got the same noise. I did not hear this noise with my USB-3 controller or a different USB-2 controller. This could be a side effect of the bad Passport controller, or it could be a compatibility issue with various USB controllers.