AcomData PureDrive 1 TB USB 2.0/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive PHD10000USE-72
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- ESATA - Transfer Rates Up To 1.5 Gbps
- High-speed USB 2.0 - Transfer Data At Speeds Up To 480 Mbps
- Mac & Pc Compatible
- Security Lock Slot Physically Secures Your Drive
1000GB (1TB) 7200RPM USB 2.0 eSATA External HD. Includes: AcomData 761 pureDrive external hard drive. Slide-on stand USB cable. AC adapter QuickStart Guide. CD (USB 2.0 driver for Win 98SE; User's Guide).
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Anyway, I've got a Dell XPS 420 running Vista Home Premium, and with that eSATA port that I paid for and was determined to use, so after almost tearing out my already thinning hair I decided to go for this one. One bonus is that the styling matches my new Dell perfectly. They look like they belong together.
So, I plug it all in and my computer immediately recognizes it, just like the start-up guide says. But this thing comes formatted in FAT format, so the main selling point -- backing up those huge video files -- cannot happen until the drive is reformatted as an NTSC drive. This is easy enough to do with Vista; it just took an extra couple hours or so up front.
So, now I've got it reformatted and I copied a folder with about 160 gigs of avi files and it took a bit over a half an hour. It seemed to do about 60Mb a second (I never thought that I was ever going to get 1.5 Gig a second). That's reality, and it's still by far the fastest external hard drive I've got.
The one bummer is that my Vista machine will not recognize it when I click on "Safely Remove Hardware". So, I can't dismount it and switch it off. I'll have to power it up or down when the computer is off, and that's an inconvenience. Perhaps that's due to the eSATA connection.
Finally, this thing runs hot. I've got it mounted vertically to maximize surface exposure and it really heated up while formatting and copying those files. I've ordered a mini desk fan that I'm going to run to circulate air between my computers and external hard drives.
So, as far a longevity goes, that remains to be seen, but if this thing dies before a year is up I'll be updating this review for sure.
Oh yeah, the bid blue bar light (blue when it's ready, red when it's not) is not cool. It's annoying. How many bright lights do I need in my face in my peripheral vision when I'me using my computer? A little "dot light" would have done the same thing. I'll probably end up covering most of it with electrical tape.
Postscript: I just purchased a second external hard drive. It turns out that one need not buy an "all in one" unit like this, but you can also get "package deals" where you get a hard drive enclosure with the eSATA plug, and then you can choose your own hard drive for the enclosure. I've got an eSATA enclosure with a Seagate Barracuda drive with a three year warranty inside it. That's cool!
After all, with this unit, you don't know what exatly you got for a hard drive in there. So, go for the hard drive you know, and find an eSATA enabled enclosure for it.
Bad: The new drive died after less than 10 hours of use. Amazon replaced the unit promptly (no shipping charges). I purchased the same unit about 4 months ago which has been working fine- that one came with an e-SATA cable. The new unit (currently listed by Amazon) no longer does. The Acomdata web site was down for an extended period but is currently back online. However there is no phone number listed to reach them directly. They did not reply to a message I sent through their website (more than 1 month). After 2 weeks of moderate use the replacement unit gives a constant red flashing indicator light which is supposed to flash only during drive activity. However, the unit reads/writes as expected. The older unit gives off a blue light when the drive is not actively reading/writing- as it should.
Conclusion: The drive is an excellent value but loses one star because of the early failure of one drive, questionable reliability of the unit (constant activity indicator flashes) and the apparent lack of Acomdata customer support and one star for not including an eSATA cable. Electronic equipment that operates for a few days will most often last a long time. I hope I was just unlucky with the failed drive- only time and use will tell...
""I'm very sorry to hear about the situation with your Acomdata pureDrive.
Unfortunately the situation between your pureDrive and your computer (although rare) is something we've heard of before. It's most likely an issue between your motherboard and your pureDrive not syncing up together correctly. Regrettably when something like this happens the best we can recommend is that you wait until your computer is fully booted up before turning on your pureDrive.
With that being said, if you think there's something wrong with the drive you do have a 3 year warranty on it and we'll be more than happy to look at it for you under warranty. My only concern is that we most likely will not be able to recreate the problem and if our Repair Technician's are able to use it as a plug and play device their only option might be to mail it back to you unrepaired.
I'm very sorry about the situation. If you have any questions/concerns or if you'd like to mail in the unit please let me know and we'll go from here. Thanks a lot!""
I am so thankful that I purchased this at Amazon. I did an on-line return for a full refund and purchased a western Digital USB drive that works perfectly at bootup.
Do not purchase this drive if you do not want to have to cycle the power switch every time you boot up your PC.
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HDD failed and had to replace it