1TB USB 2.0 Drive from eBay – Any good?

I was actually looking online for a simple NAS drive to stick at home as a temporary backup drive for my personal iPhoto libraries, when I came across the 1TB USB 2.0 thumb drive on eBay. I was skeptical at first, and turns out, I wasn’t the only one. A quick Google search shows plenty of people doubting the storage boasts of the drive. Anyway, for £14.99, I decided I’d give it a go and placed an order.

Two days later, it arrived, to be fair, it’s a lot quick than I expected, so that was already cool.

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First up was to make sure it worked … yep, plugging it in, it shows up as 976GB free and available. Decent. Now, I wasn’t going to just rely on that, as there are plenty of tricks around to edit the firmware of the drive to make it report larger sizes than it is. So I downloaded h2fwr to test the drive. It basically writes chunks of files to the drive over and over until the drive is full, so it can report it’s size.

So, after all that, I left it running over the weekend, and came in on Monday morning to find the software had halted with an error … “Ahh, I thought, I knew it … it’s not 1TB” … but no. It had halted because it had completely filled the drive. ALl 1TB of it. Well, 976GB of it, but still. I’m impressed, and happy.

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If you wanted to buy one, I got it from here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181806876359

I have no way of confirming it’s reliability or longevity, as I’ve only had it for two weeks now, but I’ve not had any issues with it so far. I’ll update this post in a couple of months after some more usage.

An eBay bargain it seems. Good times.

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