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2.0 out of 5 stars
Great Item, really great, in fact super...until it falls on its side, 12 May 2009
I bought one of these in January, and thought it was super, smooth finish, super quiet and had fast data transfer. Was a little worried over the fact it has to stand and hence would have a high centre of gravity (would fall over easily), however my cousin who also had one said he just put it on its side all the time, save it from accidentally being knocked over, (it can tip quite easily)
One week later my cousin's just randomly stopped working, I believe it was either due to faulty worksmanship, or the external hard drive itself just didn't like being put on its side, he asked for a replacement, and not too long after a visiting uncle accidentally knocked it over, and it stopped working.
I was thinking ah he's just unfortunate and what not, and then lo and behold, my uncle (hmmm suspicious, it seems uncle's like to break hard drives...), moved his laptop while the HD was connected (you would be surprised how easy it is to do that) and the HD tipped onto its side. I thought ah it'll be ok, i've seen external hard drives take tougher knocks than that, and when I went to access my data, I just kept getting CRC errors and couldnt copy to or from the Hard Drive.
Long story cut short, the HD eventually failed, and that was after just ONE knock, i.e. it just dropped once, and not even from a height, it was just tipped over, gravity did the rest. It is a serious design flaw to make a hard drive stand vertically, and not offer a wide base, or a support of any kind, and it seems its a very sensitive drive; i've had a maxtor one touch which used to drop from my desk to my bed frame (the wooden Ikea kind) which never suffered any problems until it happened the 10th time.
I say DONT GET THIS PRODUCT, unless you feel you are absolutely guaranteed to never have it tip over, maybe you live in a bubble environment, with foam padding everywhere, cos I can't tell you how painful data loss is from your backup drive i.e. the drive you BACKUP data to.
If your thinking of alternatives, the Toshiba 500GB USB 3.5" External Desktop Hard Drive with the aliminium casing i've heard rave and good praises about; its got that wide base so it won't tip, its aluminium casing for that hard shell, AND it doesn't use a fan so less components to break PLUS its in the same price range as this hard drive.
Yeah I ranted, but man data loss is very painful