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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheapest 3tb external with the best warranty and very decent performance, 20 Mar. 2014
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Very competent drive all-round. Large file transfers are blazingly quick (peak approaching 180Mb/sec), though it falls behind with small files compared to the best internal drives but that is of course expected..and its nit-picking too. The performance is stellar for the price.

It's not all song and dance though. usb3 is, at least in my experience with this drive and both an AMD and an Intel-based pc, somewhat flaky. Sometimes the drive would disappear from windows and i would have to pull the usb cable out of the back of the drive to pick it up again. Also, my drive tended to sleep too often for my liking with no way to change that. frustrating if you frequently access the drive as you have to wait for it to spin up before you can use it. I didn't think that would bother me at first but it really started to grate after a while: I had a steam library on there and there's nothing worse than having a game lock up whilst you are waiting for the drive to wake up.

Another problem and somewhat worrying, an hour in to an over-due defrag, the drive hit a reported 56c which is right on the limit of the drives operating range. Not good for lifespan at all - mechanical drives do not hold up well to sustained high temperatures.I didnt like the sound of that at all so i whipped the drive out of the enclosure and it really was worryingly warn to touch and this was about 20 minutes after i unplugged it. I put the bare drive in my microserver instead. Now the drive is well within its normal operating range. only downside? no warranty, but it was a calculated risk.

would i buy another? As great as the performance/space/price combo is...no, not unless Samsung start using actively-cooled enclosures for these drives.

To address some other points made about this drive in other reviews:
- If your transfer speeds are poor, your usb3 drivers are probably to blame. That, or your drive is defective. Get it replaced.
- the usb3 socket on the drive enclosure IS a standard one, it's microusb 3.0. Leads are readily available so at least it's easily replaceable if lost or damaged. The socked are a bit fragile though, be gentle with them!
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