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TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black
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1 out of 5 eggs USB Controller Failure 11/05/2015

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black

Pros: Any pros are negated by the impending failures. I know of none which have not failed within 3 years, most fail much sooner.

Cons: As has been said of this HD already with which I concur:
"There is a little secret you should know. The internal format is secret. The USB controller in this drive fakes the OS into thinking it is an NTFS drive with 4K sectors. Traditionally drives under the 2.2TB limit use 512 byte sectors. XP can read drives larger than 2TB if they are formatted as 4K sectors. The Controller in this device presents the OS as such.

If you have a failure of the cheap controller chip, you might think you can crack the case open and put the drive on a sata dock or put it internal to a desktop PC and recover the files. But you will be wrong. Windows will see the drive as an unformatted partition and two unallocated partition. You can't read them because they have a secret format that only the controller chip knows.

With a standard gpt or mbr formatted drive, you would have some hope of maybe using a disk data recovery program to get some of the data off the drive by putting it into a desktop or hooking it to a USB to Sata converter or a docking station.

So if you loose the cheapo USB controller chip, or it screws up translation, say due to a power glitch, you loose your data. Or you pay the mfgr to recover it. You can't read it with anything but another Toshiba controller."

Other Thoughts: Do not purchase at any price unless you wish to lose your data at some point. It is apparently impossible to obtain a new USB controller from Toshiba in or out of a case so that your data is lost for good as it cannot be write by any other.

Team F108 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Golden) Model TG032GF108N3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Electronically not bad, more or less does the advertised job.

Cons: The plastic tabs that hold the drive in the metal case disintegrate on the inside and the guts slide out. The application necessary for replacement by the manufacturer is about the same length as to apply for a job with the NSA; daunting, time consuming, annoying and the information they require is invasive. In addition to which one must pay postage one direction at least. Too much trouble for the $32 I paid for it here at Newegg (it's cheaper now, but still not worth it)

Other Thoughts: As always, the devil is in the details. Team's warranty is virtually worthless. If you have purchased this drive, DO NOT carry it on your keychain. Keep it stored as the fragile thing it is.

VANTEC UGT-UC312CB USB ExpressCard 2 x USB 3.0
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Too bad Newegg no longer carries this! 12/27/2013

This review is from: VANTEC UGT-UC312CB USB ExpressCard 2 x USB 3.0

Pros: I'm keeping this short because it's out of stock. Perhaps it may come back?
Super little express card that delivers what it should. 2 fast USB 3.0 ports to an express slot either 54 or 34

Cons: No cons.
I broke the little adapter to make it fit tightly in the 54 slot and Vantec sent me a replacement immediately by mail no charge. Great customer service experience with friendly, helpful and fast guys.

Other Thoughts: Newegg's price on this was also great.


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Display Name: George M.

Date Joined: 02/18/07

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  • First Review: 07/02/13
  • Last Review: 11/05/15
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