Fantom G-Force 2 TB USB 2.0/eSATA Hard Drive GF2000EU
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- USB 2.0 and eSATA Interface with 32 MB Cache
- Easy to use Just Plug and Play
- Quite fan free design
- Pc and Mac compatible
- Pre Formatted NTFS
Fantom Drives G-Force USB 2.0/eSATA Hard Drives offer the most affordable storage solution for USB and eSATA enabled PCs and Macs. The USB 2.0 interface is capable of up to 60MB\sec transfer rates while the eSATA interface is capable of up to 300MB/sec transfer rates. This products features sturdy aluminum casing to provide maximum durability, fanless design for silent operation, and could be placed horizontally or stand vertically to allow maximum deskspace. From increasing storage space to providing a safe and flexible data backup solution, Fantom Drives G-Force USB 2.0/eSATA Hard Drives are ideal for home and business users alike.
Top customer reviews
I'm sure "normal" people wouldn't find anything objectionable about the fan noise or the power usage. (I also turn off my other (USB) external drive, for the same reasons.
The drives have been working flawlessly since I bought it, and I don't have to think about it, everything just works.
UPDATE: seven years later, still fine. I just tried to add a 4TB drive to it, and it appears that it won't work. Let me know if you are able to get that working.
Firstly, it was very easy to setup on my windows 7 pc. Definition of plug n play. It has an eSata interface as well as USB 2.0. The eSata cable is not provided with the disk.(hence the -1 star) It costs around 5-10$. I would say its worth the buy(of course only if your computer supports eSata).
The disk makes a small noise when its powered on, otherwise its super quiet. The drive remains relatively cool and quiet even after heavy use. I've kept the drive on for almost 2 days straight and I was transferring most of my data to this hd.
To give you an idea of the transfer speed I transferred about 70 gb of data (in close to 200 files) to the hd in about 16 minutes, translates to a speed of roughly 75 MByte/s. I had no other activity running on the disk. So this was close to the maximum speed achievable at that point. I am sure as the drive is used regularly (as it is indexed and optimized, there should be an improvement).
I am happy with this speed for now, a massive upgrade over USB at least.
As for the USB, I cannot go back to USB 2.0 now. It just feels too slow. Average transfer rates I could get from USB transfers were approx 30 MByte/s. Too slow and painful once you have the taste of eSata.
I would recommend this disk for its price and eSata feature.
Word of Warning : Be sure to check if your computer supports eSata first and your OS has the eSata drivers. I had Windows 7, so the drivers were found automatically, but while searching for better eSata drivers I thought there was a scarcity of information or sources for eSata drivers.
I did have to reformat it in a Mac format - I'd read people complaining that this process takes many hours - but NO - it took about five minutes. Maybe they were talking about reformatting it into some other Windoze format. Or maybe that was just on the older models - there was a note enclosed saying it was in some PC format or other.
One of Amazon's star ratings is for "small cool". No idea what this means, so I've given this drive 3 out of 5 stars for small cool.
So the bottom line...
So far, I am very pleased with this drive. I only use it in USB2.0 mode currently, but if I need more speed I can buy a $25ish ExpressCard for my MacBook Pro to connect it via the (hopefully much faster) eSATA port. For $76, it was a fantastic bargain...it looks like it's gone up to $100 now. It's quiet, small and does exactly what it says on the box.
Well, not that I can see. The unit not only performs as expected, but actually has several nice features lacking in my previous unit (besides double the capacity of course). A smooth, dull aluminum case (as opposed to an "eco-friendly" bamboo case in the other -- well, I mean really! let's be eco-friendnly where it counts, like in the mountains of trash we accumulate and don't always dispose of properly), a bright blue pilot light that flickers when busy and is steady when not, abd EUREKA! an on/off swiwtch. Perhaps best of all (at least for an idiot like me, is a very thorough manual printed on heavy semi-glosss stock) which among other things warned about monting/unmounting the drive which I am almost sure is how I ruined my last one. And last, but not least, a neat little stand so you can place it vertically instead of horizontally to save space, always important in my cramped little quarters.
So, all this for $72 and change? Pretty doggon good, GForce (and of course you, Amazon)!!