Joined on 02/19/02
Works Great - Even with BitLocker!
Pros: USB 3.0 / eSata. Works with 4TB drives.
Cons: The DC power connector is not standard (not as pictured).
Overall Review: I purchased a couple of these enclosures and they work great in RAID 1. I tested them with both 3TB & 4TB drives (They have to be formatted in GPT above 2TB). BitLocker encryption works too. To test them, I put some test files on one and pulled the drives out. I individually hooked each drive up to a pc and they were both encrypted and had all of the files. Then, I erased one drive and put them back in the enclosure. It then automatically rebuilt the erased drive. Very impressive. A tip for setting up raid one: In addition to pressing the selection button, the enclosure must be on - hooked up to either USB, eSata, or the power sync turned off. It took me the longest time to figure out with the power sync on, it is in the power saving mode (off). I also tuned the smart fan setting off so, the fan is always on.
Pros: It is small, tiny and discrete. It fits any USB port. For the size, there is nothing else on the market like it.
Cons: It worked less than 24-hours!
Overall Review: I purchased this to use as a bitlocker key for my laptop. It is the perfect size and discretely fits on my key chain. I saw all of the other reviews of them dying, but I was hoping Verbatim fixed the issue (I guess not). It worked for less than a day and just died. I will try another one, but I don't know if I will ever trust it. As others have said, do not keep anything on it you do not want to loose.
You Get What You Pay For!
Pros: Looks good on the desk. Maybe I can use them as paper weights?
Cons: No power switch, no fan. Don't expect long life without proper cooling.
Overall Review: I purchased (3) of these as a shell shocker deal for 160. each. It seemed like a good deal at the time. They were all recognized by Windows 7 at thier full drive capacity using NTFS. I did not have to reformat to GPT. I tested this on three different PC's and they all worked. Everything seemed okay until I ran WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics (long test - takes about 10 hours per/ drive). I was surprised that the first one failed due to "too many sector errors". Then I tested the other two and was shocked when they failed for the same reason. These were brand new out of the box. According to the software, they were Hitachi HDS5C4040ALE630 drives. I immediately send them back for a refund. I plan on purchasing WD red drives the next time they are on sale with external enclosures. At least the red's have a three year warranty. HGST has their own diagnostic utility but, I never tried it. I am not familiar with it and they could possibly have a higher failure thresh hold set (which could make them pass)? I strongly suggest anyone who has purchased these to run a long diagnostic test and move your data immediately if any errors are detected. Maybe I just got a bad batch, but why take the risk of loosing 4TB of data! Also, if you look at the the companies website reviews, there is a lot of negative feedback too.
It Does Have A Light!
Pros: It's fast. I tested it with CrystalDiskMark and got 129 MB/S read and 81 MB/S write.
Cons: It has a little tiny red light that is very hard to see unless you get the angle just right. Also, it is not very keychain friendly!
Overall Review: I put it to a real world test. I installed Windows 7 in less than 10 minutes by making it bootable! It is much faster than using a DVD. This was with a Samsung 830 series SSD using a USB 2.0 port. TIP: For some reason, the computer would not boot using the Microsoft USB / DVD tool? Then I tried UltraISO and it worked fine.
Pros: The Intel rebate. They allow you to scan the barcode and submit it online. All manufacturers should pay attention to this. No stamps, nothing to get lost or delayed.
Cons: When used as a secondary drive in XP, the system hangs (the exact same setup with Win7 works fine). In order to use secure erase, you have to delete the partition first - what are they thinking? With Samsung, you do not have to go through all the extra steps. Samsung even allows you to make a secure erase bootable CD or flash drive (to erase the primary drive).
Overall Review: I purchased two of these because of Intel's $60. rebate. I can only compare them to Samsung's 830 series. My intention was to use them to suppliment my data backups. With all the unreliability of mechanical hard drives, I didn't want to find out it some day that they were dead. For this purpose or the primary boot drive these work great. Also, it doesn't show you in the picture but, they are "Made in China".