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Good basic drive - but check the plug,
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This review is from: Buffalo DriveStation 2.0TB USB 2.0 External Hard Disk Drive (Personal Computers)I ordered the drive direct from Amazon UK (not through a Marketplace seller) and it came with a Euro 2-pin connection on the transformer brick. In order to use the drive I'd need an adapter (about £3). A shaver adapter isn't suitable as it doesn't make a firm connection with the narrow pins; and as the transformer is the type that plugs straight into a socket, you can't cut off the Euro plug and attach a UK one.
To be fair to Amazon, this is really the manufacturer's error, as the box was sealed and mis-labeled as a UK model. Since only a couple of other customers are reporting the problem, it's probably just a small batch that's affected.
Update: Amazon have kindly replaced the drive and the new one, I'm pleased to say, has a UK plug.
The drive itself is a good, standard no-frills device, quiet and unobtrusive. Its narrow size make it easy to squeeze onto a crowded desktop, though it does also make it a little less firm-footed than other drives I have. It could tip sideways if you brush heavily against it. It's near silent when idling (no fan), but there's a very audible spinup buzz and a soft drumming noise when accessing. I scanned it for bad blocks, as I do with all new drives, and none were found.
Mac users should note that it arrives with a Master Boot Record (Windows) partition scheme. If you want to use the drive as a Mac startup disk or for Time Machine, you should change the partition scheme to GUID Partition Table (for Intel Macs) or Apple Partition Map (for PPC). Use Disk Utility to do this BEFORE you put any data on it. Instructions here: [...]
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Initial post: 29 Mar 2012 15:50:49 BDT
Aging geek says:
You say "no fan", yet the images in the main page clearly show a fan at the top. Which is right? Did you simply mean that the fan stops when the disk is idle?
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 22:11:46 BDT
Mine doesn't look like that at the back! It's solid black plastic on the back at the top with no fan outlet - and, to the best of my knowledge, no fan.
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