I bought this hard drive yesterday from an Apple store in SoCal, When I first connected it to my MacBook Pro I found some software inside, so I started installing these softwares and also partitioned the hard drive then started using it as a time machine to back up my mac, all this while it was connected to my mac using the included usb cable and it took several hours to finish backing up (my lap top hard drive is 750 GB). then after it finished, I connected it to my Mac Mini and also used it as a time machine to back up but without installing the included software again.
The next day, I disconnected it from my mac and connected it to the Airport Extreme to try backing up wirelessly as the apple store associate has assured to me that I can do this, but what happened is that I got an error message #1 saying that this hard drive is not available or someone tried to do some tricks with it! I tried several ways to get this problem fixed but couldn't.
I finally decided to uninstall all of the included softwares that I already installed in my mac and then formatted it by erasing all the data using the disk utility. After that I got a plain hard drive with even no name and had to rename it again, anyways, I think that has worked fine as after I connected it to the Airport Extreme, I was able to use it as a time machine and started backing up wirelessly, but till now I don't know how long it will take as the back up started about an hour ago. I'll make sure to update my review if anything went wrong during the back up process.
Conclusion: the drive itself is a good quality but the included softwares is just a pain and I wish if the manufacturer decides to remove them and keep just one security software.
USB 3 not impressively fast and case sometimes hits 90 degrees
Written by DOON E from OLD BETHPAGE
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got this for my new iMac , to use for my iPhoto library. My original Lacie USB 2 was painfully slow and I noticed that iPhoto now runs about twice as fast with USB 3. That's pretty good but it does not impress me, especially after hearing all the marketing talk about how fast USB 3 is supposed to be. Don't get me wrong, this USB 3 drive with 3 TB of storage is a good one to get, especially at this price point but my super large iphoto library still seems slow. I plan to get Thunderbolt in couple months and hope that Thunderbolt will provide the super fast speed i need. It does run quiet like others have said. The case looks great but is a little cheap compared to my older Lacie Quadra drives which are made of thick aluminum. I've had this 3TB USB 3 drive for about two weeks and was shocked at how hot it runs compared to the USB 2 model. The case sometimes feels hot, like around 90 degrees whereas my older Lacie USB2 has always stayed cool to the touch for past two years. So don't stack this with your other USB drives, in case it hits 90 degrees on you.