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So far so good.
on October 16, 2013
I ordered the black version of this drive from TigerDirect.
- The drive came formatted in NTFS with no files/bloatware whatsoever.
- The drive looks nice.
- Nice glossy finish with chrome specks all over and a chrome frame around the side.
- It is relatively lightweight and has a nice solid feel.
- The drive is extremely quiet, I'd say most, if not all laptop fans would drown out any noise this drive makes.
- The packaging is quite nice actually. It comes in a rubbery/foam material with the cable and drive separate. I'll probably keep it to use as its storage case.
- It is about an inch longer than the western digital portable USB 3.0 drives, but that's not really a con, just a comparison of how another drive might be better.
- The included USB 3.0 cable is blue, like the piece of plastic most USB 3.0 connectors have, which looks out of place connected to my black drive, though it would probably look fine with the blue one.
- The cable is very short, so if you plan to use it with a desktop computer, it probably won't be able to lay flat on the surface your desktop is on.
- There is no software that assists you with automated backups, but all current computers have that software built in, so I don't know why you would want that. If it is something you want, get a WD drive. Personally, I would have formatted all that software off the drive anyway.
- The drive is 931.51GB when formatted to NTFS.
- Now what you were all probably wondering. I didn't do any real benchmarks with the drive, but I did a few minutes of a write and read test with h2testw, which normally is used just to check if the drive is the capacity they claim it to be. I got around 108MB/s write and 111MB/s read, though I only let it run for a little while, so it could be a bit faster or slower as it continues reading and writing. It also depends on file sizes. But overall it seems like a solidly built drive that will last and has decent USB 3.0 read/write rates.
I would definitely recommend this drive if the added size and the short cable isn't an issue. You could always use another USB 3.0 cable if you don't like the one that comes with it. If you're worried about it not being brand name, don't. Pretty much all the hard drives are made by the same companies, the only difference is the shell put on the outside. The one main difference though is whether or not they'll honor their warranties. This drive has a 1 year warranty, I believe the other companies provide a 3-5 year warranty, so if that's something you're worried about as well, make sure to take that into account when comparing prices with other 1TB drives.