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SimpleTech 1TB SimpleDrive Pro Duo USB 2.0/eSata External Drive (FP-UFE2/1TB)
 
 

SimpleTech 1TB SimpleDrive Pro Duo USB 2.0/eSata External Drive (FP-UFE2/1TB)

by SimpleTech
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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  • High performance storage for data-intensive applications
  • Fabrik Ultimate Backup for unbeatable online protection
  • High speed USB 2.0 and blazing-fast 3Gb eSata
  • RAID 0 for performance or RAID 1 for protection
  • Smart fan for quiet reliability
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Technical Details
Brand NameSimpleTech
ModelFP-UFE2/1TB
Part NumberFP-UFE2/1TB
Hard Drive Size1000 GB
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Disk Rotational Speed7200
Hard Disk DescriptionExternal hard drive
Hardware PlatformMac
Hardware InterfaceUSB
Connector Typeusb
Form Factor3.5"
  
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Shipping Weight6 pounds
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Item model numberFP-UFE2/1TB
ASINB000XE09OK
Date First AvailableJanuary 9, 2007
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  • Brand Name: SimpleTech
  • Model Number: FP-UFE2/1TB
  • Hard Disk Size: 1000 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 year
  • Hardware Platform: Mac
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Product Description

With SimpleTech's Duo Pro Drive, you can choose to use Duo Pro's double disks for smooth video edits sessions with minimal dropouts, an ultra-responsive Photoshop scratch disk, or complex 3D & special effects rendering. Just select the RAID 0 setup for lightning speed or select RAID1 to simultaneously back up everything on each disk every time you save it. With local backup and Fabrik Ultimate Backup, you get the same two-level protection professionals use. Fabrik Ultimate Backup keeps encrypted copies of your files on our dedicated off-site servers. It's always working even when you're not, so you get constant, near real time backup that won't slow down your system. Duo Pro Drive's secure stackable design ensures a snug fit so you can always add more storage without taking up more desk space. Kensington Security Lock Slot System Requirements - Windows 2000/XP or Vista, Mac OS X 10.3 or Higher, Available USB 2.0, 1.1 or eSATA II Port Dimensions - Width 3.25 x Length 7.5 x Height 5 (82.6x190.5x127mm)


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it really DOES arrive broken... :-( March 23, 2008
Yes, it DID arrive broken. Yes, I DID read the reviews ahead of time, and yes I DID see that many other people were receiving this item "dead on arrival..." but there were those two 5-star ratings of people who had received them in working order and the price just couldn't be beat! I decided to take a gamble... are you a gambler? If so, you can give it a try. This external drive didn't just come in a non-working state, it actually LOOKED broken when I took it out of the box. The outside plastic case had become separated from the actual mechanism inside, so all the plug receptacles (USB, power, etc,) no longer were visible through the appropriate holes in the case. It was completely unusable. Are YOU feeling lucky? Then give it a try - but I don't recommend it. Kudos to Amazon for their amazing return process! Just a few clicks on their website and I was able to print out a bar code that I taped to the original box, which I left on my porch and UPS came by without a special call from me and just picked it up the next business day with no questions asked. Amazon rules!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disaster recovery complete March 1, 2008
4 stars because first one I ordered gave a "USB device not recognized" error and ad to be returned.

Second arrived and was recognized but did not have any softare installed. I called customer support and they e-mailed me the software to downlaod. I then backed up all of my files (around 30GB) which was around 1.5 hours with the USB connection.

3 weeks later my system was wrecked by an IT specialist from my company and had to be re-imaged. Entire internal hard drive cleared.

Sickenng feeling went away as the restore function completely replaced all of my files to original look and feel before the crash. On;y data lost was a few photos that I had not backed up.

Job well done. 4 stars (not five) for the start up flail.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I have had few drives (maxtor, hitachi etc) crash on me lately leading to frustration on loss of important data (family photos, important documents etc). Not to forget that wife has been furious of my computer systems inability to keep data safe.

Hence when I saw this drive with RAID 1. I was very happy initially. I bought it for $249 at OM immiediately. Price was high for my budget but I thought it will be worth if I can effectively backup the data in future. Moreover I had heard that it contains 2 Maxtor 500GB drives inside. Not bad!

I went home and opened the drive. There was some noise inside as if some screw was loose. Most people would have noticed this. Well, no way to fix this as opening would void the warranty. I decided to live with it. Also the instruction provided with the drive as non-existant. So you will feel lost if you are planning to use it as primary drive with OS or just a backup. I plugged the drive in but none of the harddisks were showing. I decided to format the drive and got error that sectors were beyond the repair. Urgh!!

I took the 2nd drive to another OM and exchanged it. I opened the 2nd drive at home. This drive also had similar noice inside as if some screw has lying loose. I saw that the entire controller board was misalligned and because of this there was no way to put power or USB cable... again rendering the drive useless. Urgh!! Well I had no choice but to return it back too. Too much waste of time going up and down to store. Moreover felt stupid expalining the cashier the problem with this drive.

Pros: Cheap RAID Drive
Cons:
1. Body/Case is very cheap quality. You got to be careful not to damage the maxtor drives inside because of this.
2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic value March 22, 2008
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i have about ten hard drives. im a tech geek and this is easily my favorite. i picked it because of the RAID capabilities... this one is for storing important files so i wanted something that was redundant. this thing is fast, very quiet!, and stays cooler than all of my other drives! go simpletech!

buy it now... for less than $250 it is a STEAL
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget it! March 7, 2008
Received the 1TB drive unit and it worked fine for the first 6 days then it was no longer acknowledged by any of my three computers. A call to Tech Support got a simple "it must be broke, send it back." That is what I did and then ordered another model from Cavalry and it has been working fine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far so awesome (briefly!) February 5, 2008
I bought this adorable little jobby to expand my multimeadia collection. It's very good with USB, but the presence of an eSATA port brings it to the next level. I'm going to use it with an HP mediasmart home server (which has an eSATA port) to stream it to my TV. I might even buy another one. Nice nice nice.

EDIT: This thing spun itself melty inside the first year of heavy use. I went through simpletech's RMA procedure since it was under warrantee, and they send me a "new" one. The replacement ground itself into dust, losing all the stuff I had backed up off the old one, WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK after I plugged it in. I would not recommend this again.
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I bought 2 Simpletech FP-UFE2 DRIVES for a project. After reading some of the negative reviews, I decided it would be a good idea to order 2 drives in the event one the drives did not work on arrival. I plugged in one of the drives and have had it running for months without any problems. The eSata connection is great and USB works nearly as fast, but it is difficult to determine how fast as it almost instantaneously transfers data. The case is very stable and does not wobble around like most of the other external hard drive currently available. The exterior has a screen on it, which helps to keep the drive cooler inside. It has a Very nice exterior design.

One thought about internal Hard drives.
Internal hard drives do not crash as much because they are safely in the computer and are not subject to the potential abuse an external hard dive can face. Yes, internal hard drives will fail - mostly due to computers running all of the time, not properly shutting down the computer and of course a virus.

Reasons for External Hard drive failure - operator error mostly.

ALL external hard drives can be damaged easy if not handled correctly. It is important to understand that the external hard drive if bumped during data transfer can cause a file to be corrupted. You will of course blame it on the drive, but the truth is most external hard drive damage is done by the user.

1. If not shipped correctly, the hard dive could be damaged. A box in a box is not a good idea, as the drive within the box will be bounced around.

2. DO NOT move or bump the drive during data transfer.

3. Always Use the "SAFELY REMOVE HARDWARE" option when disconnecting from the computer. If not, a file may get corrupted.
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