|Fantom Drives G-Force MegaDisk is the latest storage innovation offering double the capacity of existing hard drives in a compact, heat dissipating aluminum enclosure, featuring both an eSATA port for maximum throughput and a USB 2.0 port for universal compatibilty. The G-Force Megadisk eSATA+USB RAID features flexible and user configurable RAID operation modes or RAID 0 (disk striping) for maximum speed, RAID 1 (Disk Mirroring) for maximum fault tolerance, JBOD (Direct Mapping) for maximum flexibility, or Spanning for simple large volume support at bus speeds of 300MB/Sec. This high capacity disk storage offers speed along with ease of use with no software installation for all users - just plug it in and you're up and running. G-Force MegaDisk is ideal for storing and backing-up of all your Photos, Videos, DVDs, MP3s, and important Documents.|
The included Award-winning NTI Shadow offers real-time, continuous backup in addtion to scheduled backup to virtually any storage device. Its powerful yet easy to use interface offers customers the ability to securely backup and safeguard their valuable data files. NTI Shadow also offers custom file type filtering, version control, drag and drop file restoring, and more. NTI Shadow supports Windows® XP/2000, Macintosh OS X v 10.2.8+, and U3™ Smart Devices.
I opened the box, followed the instructions, and it just worked. Sounds boring, but I it is very refreshing to have something do what you hoped it would do. It is a bit noisy, but I find adequate cooling more important than fan noise. I can turn the storage off when I'm not using it. The instructions could use some polishing, but at least it HAS instructions! Overall, the Fantom is working much better than a couple of others I tried with the RAID function.
Upon opening this drive, I was very impressed with the overall packaging and feel of the drive itself. Turning it on, however, proved to be a different story. As soon as I flipped the switch, the drive began to emit a hairdryer-like woosh as air was sucked through the enclosure by the tiny fan. It was so unbearably loud that regardless of the speed and options that the drive offers, I had to return it for a refund. If Fantom Drives could get the fan right, this would be a great product!
Raid 1 - ESata - Good Customer Service5/15/2008
I had an initial issue trying to figure out how to format the drive. Called customer service and got someone from Fantom service within minutes. They walked me through the process and I'm formatted as RAID1 (which provide mirrored 465GB of usable space). I'm using a SIIG ExpressCard ESata adapter on my Dell Laptop with Windows Vista and all works fine. The drive is blazing fast with the ESata connection. Only issue is sometimes I can't get the drive to dismount using "Safely Remove Hardware" and I need to shut down the computer. Unit is solidly built, noiseless when the fan or drive is not actively running, and fairly quiet when running. Customer service is great. For the price, don't think you can beat it.