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Works perfectly with a Mac, but a little noisy,
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This review is from: Samsung 3TB D3 Station External Desktop Hard Drive - Black (Personal Computers)
I've had the 3TB Samsung for a month, and I'm finding it a very speedy & reliable drive for use with my MacBook. I use it primarily for Time Machine and for storage of large media files, including HD video, which I can play back from the drive without lag or stutter - even while a Time Machine backup is going on in a separate partition on the same drive.
The only negative point is that it does have a slightly annoying spinup whine compared to other drives I've used, as well as an audible tapping noise when accessing. I don't believe it's faulty. These sound like the typical noises that a hard drive makes, just a bit louder than I've previously encountered. It's virtually silent when running without accessing.
I scanned it for bad blocks as soon as I received it (none found).
If you're planning to use it with an Intel Mac for Time Machine backups or as a startup disc, remember to change the partition scheme to GUID, as recommended by Apple, before you do anything else. You can do this in Disk Utility.
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Initial post: 16 Dec 2013 01:05:03 GMT
Hi, is your drive still working OK? Also just out of curiosity, what colour is the activity indicator LED?
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 10:16:36 GMT
Yes, it still works perfectly. The activity light is a cluster of 4 white LEDs on the front. They're very bright, but you could use a square of opaque insulating tape to dim them.
Posted on 30 May 2014 14:14:12 BDT
J. D. Robinson says:
Thanks for writing this review, I intend using the 3TB with a 27in iMac Fusion Drive and running FCP X and Motion so the Video comment was perfect.
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