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4.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly with a Mac, but a little noisy, 6 Sep 2013
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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
thomasboleyn says:
Hi, is your drive still working OK? Also just out of curiosity, what colour is the activity indicator LED?

Many thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 10:16:36 GMT
Hawfinch says:
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
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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