Date Joined: 10/24/02
Pros: Large, very fast drive.
Cons: Worked for two days.
Overall Review: I'm slowly developing a reluctance to use drives with this many platters. This one died, and I thought my backplane failed. Direct connection revealed the problem was the drive. Also noticed that gyro force may be an issue with this one. A mild change in physical orientation produced a loud, contact-based sound from the drive. Sounded like a head got sandwiched between the case and the platter, or perhaps the platter itself was deflecting into an internal.
I don't know if it's a design flaw, or a fluke. Either way...wasn't leaving it to chance. Went with another mfg.
Pros: Arrived far faster than I anticipated. The case looked good & the cable was single-ended (not a "Y") and has a heavy-duty feel.
Cons: Didn't work. Ended up ordering a different brand based on reviews and used the drive and cable from the this one to be sure. This one just doesn't work - the light comes on, then goes off. The drive never showed in the Disk Mgr. I repeated attempts with it for a day or two changing ports, using different computers, etc., before giving up and ordering a different enclosure. I re-seated the drive several times, updated my USB (and 3.0) drivers...nothing.
Cheaply made, flimsy, easily scratched and easily broken. The lid is fastened with catch-tabs molded into the lid itself - 2 heavier tabs in the corners that are unusually awkward to get in the right spot, and then two more loo-type catches that engage the release button.
Also, as other reviews have mentioned, it's difficult to get a drive in-out of this enclosure.
If you put it together once, and leave it alone it would survive (if it worked) - it'd get scratched up quickly, but it'd survive with moderate use - wouldn't advise carrying this around with you.
Overall Review: I'm a picky guy, and a regular Joe might be perfectly happy with this unit...granted they get one that works.
Stuff like this is always a gamble. Do your research before you buy. Don't just expect quality. Specify what you want: rubberized, aluminum, SATAIII, whatever. I'm -much- happier with my newer unit.