Fantom Drives 3TB External Hard Drive
- Easy and simple to use. Plug and play out of the box. Simply plug in the power adapter and USB cable
- Fast file transfers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0. Backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
- 7200 RPM for fast performance. Supports Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Windows 7 or later.
- Durable and stylish aluminum case provides great fanless cooling for hard drives. Comes with 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty.
- Great for your home network, MAC, PC, PS4 (PlayStation 4) with Patch 4.5+, and Xbox.
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7200RPM vs. 5400RPM
- Generally 33% Faster than an identical 5400 RPM drive.
- Better for Photo, Video, and Audio storage.
- Preferred but not limited to professionals and offices.
Fantom Drives Gforce 3 features the newest generation USB 3.0* allowing transfer rates up to 10 times the rate of USB 2.0. The Gforce 3 USB 3.0 hard drive is perfect for audio and video professionals requiring maximum performance and reliability.
The Gforce 3 offers plug & play simplicity as well as its rugged features for optimal storage for all your photos, music, videos and documents in one convenient place.
Hard aluminum body
- Aluminum Casing for better protection of hard drive.
- Aluminum acts as a natural heat sink to allow fanless design.
- Comes with a stand to look sleek and flawless.
The Gforce 3 family of external hard drives feature a sturdy brushed black aluminum casing for maximum durability, a fan-free design for virtually silent operation and can be stored horizontally or vertically to optimize your work space. Fantom Drives Gforce 3 offers reliable storage expansion from your built-in hard drive so you can store all of your valuable data and digital memories.
|USB 3.0||USB 3.0 & eSATA||USB 3.0, eSATA & FireWire 400/800|
|USB 3.0 Port||✓||✓||✓|
|FireWire 400/800 Port||✓|
|Form Factor||External Unit||External Unit||External Unit|
|Power Supply||110/220V with on/off switch||110/220V with on/off switch||110/220V with on/off switch|
|Rotational Speed||7200 RPM||7200 RPM||7200 RPM|
|Mac Support||Mac OSX 10.6 and later||Mac OSX 10.6 and later||Mac OSX 10.6 and later|
|Windows Support||Windows Vista, 7, 10 and later||Windows Vista, 7, 10 and later||Windows Vista, 7, 10 and later|
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1) It used a Type B USB3 plug, which is much sturdier than the thin USB3 ports (USB3 Micro-B) on other mainstream external hard drives such as WD and Seagate.
2) The presence of a power switch. I cannot overstate my annoyance with recent external hard drives that lack on/off switch. I like to keep my external hard drives plugged in all the time but I don't want to go back there to unplug it and plug it in to my computer every time.
In addition to the points above, I've been using another Fantom drive (3 Tb) for a couple years (for backup as well) and it has been running fine so far.
The first thing I did when I received it was run it through a bunch of SMART tests, which came back all green, so hooray. The second test was a full surface scan, which looks at all of sectors and makes sure none of them are bad. 9 hours and 45 minutes later (would have been closer to 6.5 hours if I wasn't running some other very processor-intensive programs) it detected 0 bad sectors. Hooray again! I decided to run it through HDDScan's surface test results as well (which also shows the distribution of response times of all the sectors) and everything looked great. Checking the drive properties, it appears the disk used is the TOSHIBA MD04ACA400 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive. Both HDDScan and the Toshiba HDD listing (on Amazon) reports the drive running at 7200 RPM which gave me additional confidence.
The drive I got had a slightly different design on the back, with the power and USB plugs above the power switch which made it slightly more difficult to turn it on when the drive is sitting on its side. Also the drive came pre-formatted in NTFS, with only one text document on the drive (explaining what NTFS is and what to do if you have a Mac). There's no other bloatware, backup software trials, etc. etc.
Design-wise the brushed aluminum case is really nice, just like my previous Fantom drive. When running the surface scans the drive warmed up quite a bit, so I aimed a fan at it to keep it cool (which it did very effectively on the lowest setting). The drive also came with a stand which was nice. Also note there is a blue LED at the front which blinks when it's being accessed.
Amazon is amazing when replacing a defective item and would have immediately refunded my money upon return of the item. Unfortunately when something like this happens...and it is very rare for it to happen I rarely remember to return it. This certainly may have been a one time thing. I will never know because I won't do business with this company again. Not just because I bought a product which was defective, but because I have discovered the new external hard drives from another company. I won't mention the brand because this is not an advertisement for another data storage company but their new external hard drives don't need a power source, have twice the storage and almost half the cost. Amazing.
I guess my only point is, when you buy a defective product as I did you don't have to rely on the mercy of that company to replace your item. Amazon rocks because they have your back in everything you purchase. The lesson for me was not to buy something just because it is shiny and pretty. Marketing a product is rarely a true measure of how good that product is. I knew that but bought it anyway. If I'm the only one who had a problem with this product then good for everyone else and too bad for me (my attempt at humor).
ANYWAY, DRIVE LOOOKS LIKE WD WITH A LABEL. IS IT 7200RPM?? WE HAVE TO DISMANTLE IT!!
CHECKED FOR SURFACE TEST WITH PARAGON DISK PARTITION AND NO BAD SECTORS. THANK GOD!