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Fantom GreenDrive 1TB USB 2.0/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive GD1000EU
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- USB 2.0 and eSATA Interface
- Easy to use just plug and play
- Quite fan free design
- Pc and Mac compatible
- 2 Year Warranty
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G-Force GreenDrive line of external USB and eSATA disk drives feature the latest advances in power saving technology and ROHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) compliant materials and process. The G-Force Green Drive gives the consumer the ability to minimize his or her carbon footprint without sacrificing performance. Fantom Drives GreenDrive USB 2.0 Hard Drives are a power conscious step forward to provide maximum capacity and performance while reducing power consumption by up to 40%. The G-Force GreenDrive USB 2.0 Hard Drive family feature sturdy aluminum casing to provide maximum durability, fanless design for silent operation, and could be placed horizontally or stand vertically to allow maximum deskspace. Fantom Drives GreenDrives yield average drive power savings of 4-5 watts over competitors' drives while maintaining solid performance. That power savings equates to reducing CO2 emission by up to 60 kilograms per drive per year - the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 14 days each year, and saving up to $14 per year in electricity costs depending on the power-on-hours.
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Warning to those purchasing this for DirecTV: DirecTV's HD DVRs will use EITHER the internal (320 GB) drive, OR an external drive, but not both at once. For me this was an expansion in that it gave me more storage than the internal drive did, but I did NOT end up with 1320 GB of total storage, only the 1 TB offered by this drive. When you do connect this to your HD DVR, you will "lose" all the shows on your internal storage (they'll still be there, but you won't be able to access them with the external drive connected), so be sure to watch and delete all the shows from your internal drive first. Also, you MUST connect using an eSATA cable, so be sure to order if you don't have one already (even though the HD DVR has a USB port, you cannot connect the external hard drive via USB).
I bought it to replace an older 3TB drive that was beginning to show intermittent, temporary errors. As soon as I got this new drive I connected it via eSATA and copied over about 2.6TB in 5326 files from the old drive to the this new drive (a relatively simple sequential write workload) and discovered it was running hot at about 50C. I now have all the data on it that it needs for now and have it under more normal workload (more random than before) and it's running about 55C. The (hard to find) specs on the MD04ACA400 show that operating temperature should be 5C to 60C so the drive is getting close to it's maximum.
During the initial copy, it would hang for several seconds and then resume. This seems to have ceased after the a day of use. SMART logs and testing show the drive is fine but I hope it doesn't foreshadow reliability issues.
The Fantom drives have an all-aluminum case which helps with heat dissipation and are fanless to be quiet. With an IntelliPower or 5400 RPM drive that would probably be all the cooling that is needed, but this 7200 RPM drive under load is running hotter than I like. I may have to find another external drive better suited for my needs.
The drive has continued to run very hot between 53 and 60 degrees Celsius. There is nothing Green about this drive other than the label on the drive and box.
The drive has also shown intermittent drive errors on the eSATA interface during moderate loads. I have tried doing a full (not "quick") format a couple of times to write to every sector which allows the drive to reallocate defective sectors. The formats fail intermittently via eSATA. It seems to work more reliably via USB but since the USB2.0 interface only seems to provide 20MB/s throughput on serial access (e.g. formatting) that is painfully slow. I now conclude that the eSATA interface is too unreliable and the USB interface is too slow.
The reliability, slowness and heat issues combine to make this drive useless. Perhaps it's a lemon, but I think Fantom/MicroNet cut their cost to produce too much. I'm going to try returning it and buy other brands in the future. I'll probably go back to WD MyBook drives for external use.
The drive has died after six months. Fantom/Micronet would not accept the product registration on their website (probably because they asked if I had reviewed the product and I linked to this review) so I haven't been able to get warranty support for it. I have purchased and been pleased by several other Fantom GreenDrive models in the past, but this was the last time they'll ever get money from me.