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This is the Freecom 2 TB external hard drive; I was looking for a big enough hard drive on to move around some rather chunky files without having to worry about space. Not only that I wanted to make sure that I had a USB 3.0 hard drive because this would help with the data transfer to the hard drive itself.
After shopping around I chose this device, the Freecom hard drive XS 3.0. I went with Freecom because I have owned Freecom external hard drives in the past and I've been extremely happy with the way they have performed. Here are some of the features this device comes with.
* USB 3.0 with a transfer speed of 5Gbit/s.
* Ultra quiet fan less design.
* Small design at 18.2 by 11.4 cm.
* One year warranty.
This device can be purchased in 1, 2 and 3 TB hard drives, these are all really good size hard drives and as such you won't be filling them up with much ease. Personally I chose the 2Tb version because this was £140 which was a little out of my price range but I figured the extra space would come in handy.
This was delivered to me with the standard amazon packaging and inside was the Freecom packaging which kept the hard drive incredibly secure in a tough card board design. Packaging was vital with this product as it is a hard disk and as such I didn't want it to get damaged, overall the device itself was well packaged and was in fact working. In the box was also the USB 3.0 lead to connect this to the computer, the plug adapter to give the hard drive its power and a CD with the software for the drive although this is optional as it will work without the software.
This is a really nice looking hard drive and won't look ugly on anyone's desk; it is a small design especially for a 3.5 hard drive. This is what I really liked about the hard drive and it's also pretty light yet maintaining a robust feel, overall it looked and felt great.
This was really easy to install to the computer as it is plug and play and I didn't install the optional software that came with the hard drive. The device does require a plug socket and you should be aware of this in case you need an extension, this plugged into the wall and into the USB 3.0 port onto my computer and it was installed. I should note that this is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports so users without USB 3.0 can still use this device, however if you do use it at USB 2.0 you will be restricted with speed and won't get the 5Gbp/s that this is capable of.
I've run this device now for a few weeks and it now stores all of my games, music, films and backup work on it. I play all of my media files straight from this hard drive and I really don't notice any slower speeds than if I was running it on an internal hard drive. As I use it on a USB 3.0 I do get the fastest speeds possible and this is fantastic as I can transfer all of my files to this device and it is usually done in less than a minute.
I have to say I have never been happier with an external hard drive and the USB 3.0 speeds means I can run all of my games from this device without any noticeable speed loss. Not only that I've only filled a couple of hundred GB on it so I've still got a long way to go before it gets even close to filling up. With the fan less design I hardly notice this device is running on my desk however the downside to this is it does run pretty hot so beware of this. This is the only downside I have to this device though other than that it's an incredible device and I would recommend to anyone and everyone.