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Pros: Cheep, moderatly fast
Cons: Advanced format drives, shipped mis-aligned(?)
Overall Review: I bought 2 of these on a pre-black Friday promo from a national office supply chain (not the Egg). My Units came with WD20EARX drives. Not my first choice but in a USB 3.0 enclosure for $10 less than the bare drive who can complain.
BUT I've had issues with mis-aligned drives attached to my WHSv1 box so I checked with the WDalign utility. Says they are not aligned as received. Formatted with Windows 7 and they show aligned. Formatted with Buffalo's format tool, not aligned. Contacted Buffalo support and they said the OS format is better than their tool?? Formatted with WHS and they are not aligned.
Maybe the embedded controller keeps the drive aligned and reports back the offset that was requested at time of format... or maybe it doesn't. I'm afraid to trust them long term on the WHS box. I'm tempted to crack one open and attach it directly to an SATA port and see what WDalign says.
Pros: I'm not into the third generation of Buffalo DriveStations. I use them in fours for backups; two alternating and two alternating off-site. I alternate two on-site so that if there's a drive failure, I'll still have a relatively recent backup. That has never happened with DriveStations. I've bought new DriveStations because, when I get a new computer, it inevitably has a larger disk.
The Axis Velocity drives are nearly silent (you can hear disk seeks sometimes) and take full advantage of USB 3.0. With the two drives I just bought, I backed up 257 GB in less than 90 minutes per drive, using AES encryption, which slowed the process.
Cons: What's not to like. Oh, yeah... although the USB3 receptacle on the drive is one of the USB3 standards, it's a "standard-B" receptacle, so you have to use the cables that came in the box, no problem for me, or be sure you have suitable cables.
Overall Review: Based on many years' experience with Buffalo Drivestations, I'll keep right on buying them.
Pros: Semi large drive
Been running solid (24/7) since June 2013
2 year warranty - always backup your data in two places
Cons: I don't have any at the moment
Did not purchase from Newegg :(....had to purchase through credit on another retailer. :( LOVE Newegg!
Overall Review: Unfortunately I cannot comment on the USB 3.0 Speed, I have it connected to my network through an old PC's USB 2.0 port that I use FreeNAS OS on. Been running the NAS with this as the only drive for more than a year now. Room Temp during the hot months (April-Oct) here are usually 80-95 F (27-35 C). Seems to be a solid drive, 7200rpm. Hooked up with USB2.0 over network (100mb/s NAS port) I get usually 10MB/s transfer speed. (those are the slowest parts on my network, I will be upgrading soon and will probably convert this as a USB3.0 backup drive-will update then) Using as a Media Stream/File storage NAS drive atm.
Pros: Affordable 3 TB drive...ends here.
Cons: Lost all of my backups for the last nine months because of failed drive; I will not purchase another one.
Pros: - It taught me that I need to update my usb driver. I realized I had gone into my Device Manager and deleted a few usb drivers that I thought were device drivers. I went to my PC Manufacturers support site and got the intel usb 3.0 driver and that blue light on the front of the drive lit up, indicating that itself was operating at super speed.
- Pretty fast for USB connection. Just transferred my 350 GB movie library to it in about 35 minutes.
- This drive is definitely capable of handling data from creative software as the main drive handles the tasking. This will work great handling samples and patches for my music software.
- easy to install, and included software is recommended to install to ensure peak performance. The included software gives you much more details about your data transfer than standard OS copy function.
Cons: - sturdy unit so far, it does seem kinda "plastic". So recommending keeping it in a place out of the way. it is a desktop drive so it should be used accordingly...not the most portable thing. This drive will stay at home. My flash drive will be it's cloud.
- a longer power cord would be nice.
Pros: I can copy files fast download fast and there is plenty of space. I run a DJ business and need a large Hard Drive to hold the millions of songs that are out there. Perfect for the job.
Cons: Be careful when you lay it on the side. It will get warm if you lay on the wrong side.
Overall Review: Great price and product. I would highly recommend this.
Cons: Crashed in less than a year
Overall Review: I am currently deployed to Afghanistan, I've only had this hard drive for 10 or so months and it already crashed on me. Everyone over here has WD Passports and they work great. I should have gone down that path. Definitely a huge mistake on my part and a waste of my money. I do not recommend this hard drive at all.