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Two weeks in and the drive works fine, as you would expect and hope for. Time will only tell how reliable this drive is.Two things I don't like about this drive (and why I only give it three stars): 1) the LED on the front is big and bright—very distracting when it's processing data. I overcame this with a piece of gaffers tape with a very small hole punched in it; and 2) there is no on/off switch, at least that I can find (and if there is an on/off switch that can't be found easily, that's a design problem). Perhaps I use this drive differently than intended, but I don't need the drive on all the time and an on/off switch would be nice. If I am wrong about this not having a switch, please let me know.Revised Jan 30, 2017: Don JJ Carroll was kind enough to let me know that big honkin' light is also an on/off switch, so I've upped my rating to 4 stars.
I've only had this drive for a week but I'm absolutely loving it so far. It is surprisingly much smaller than expected...for some reason the photo appears to make it look large when it's actually quite diminutive for a 6 TB drive. Not only is it fast when hooked up via Thunderbolt, but this drive is AMAZINGLY quite. Honestly I can't even hear it and didn't realize it was evening running when I first plugged it in until I noticed the blue light on the front. It's pretty much as quiet as my SSD drive which of course makes no noise at all. I haven't tried using it for video editing yet (which is why I got it) but I'm sure it will be plenty fast enough. If not I'll revise my review.
The drive functionality seems to be working well so far -- I've had mine in operation for about a month now as a media drive for videos and podcasts that I edit.However, I purchased this drive specifically because it could daisy-chain Thunderbolt devices. Yes, it does that, but to a limited extent. Since my imac only has 2 Thunderbolt ports, and I have two external monitors, I wanted to daisychain one of the monitors off this drive. The result that when playing video or even browsing some web sites, the screen would flicker.This seems to indicate that the Thunderbolt controller in the drive might not be up to par with daisychaining high-bandwidth streams. It is most likely designed to daisy-chain only drives, but I would be careful with that as well. Who know s if the flickering (likely data corruption) wouldn't also affect daisy-chained storage devices. Because of this, I can only give it 3 stars, as I would not have purchased this item would I have known about this issue.