When asked a few weeks ago what drives we should order for some mid-level storage and back-up of files to take back to the states with us when we retrograde, I started poking around on TigerDirect. After researching almost every external drive in existence, I decided on the 1TB Fantom G-Force MegaDisk. We didn’t need anything fancy like a NAS RAID array or anything like that – just a large hard drive that has to handle only regular backups of some of our shared files.
So I ordered four of them from TigerDirect. They just got here a couple days ago and they are AWESOME.
Solidly built, heat dissipating, and cool looking (they look just like the G5/MacPro tower cases). The stats are average on them – 16mb buffer, 7200 rpm, 8.9ms seek time, etc. But for the price (currently $449 with rebates) you cannot beat it. The only thing I wish it had was a FireWire 800 port. USB 2.0 just isn’t fast enough when I am doing some heavy graphics or video editing or transferring my 50gb music library or my 500gb movie library. For scheduled file backups on a dumb terminal attached to the network, USB 2.0 is fine.
So the verdict is: 8 out of 10 (lack of FW 800 and strange feet) A great drive for light to medium use with massive storage space. If you are going to be doing alot of network and multiple user intensive stuff, go with one of the out-of-the-box NAS RAID arrays that TD offers. Otherwise, this drive will do everything you want, and more, with room to spare.