I am always connect my MBL 3TB directly to my Macbook Pro via supplied Ethernet cable. I find the performance is very poor, and most time annoying.
- Slow initiate connection.
- Very slow navigate around in the drive. Finder takes sometimes to load the content. And if the folder contains .ai, .psd or other relatively bigger file size images, the finder hangs and become unresponsive because it is loading preview thumbnails.
- Finder become unresponsive at randoom pattern, even though I am not navigating in the drive or accessing files from the drive.
Not sure how useful is this info in this test, but I am uploading it here:
I am using this drive mainly for backup also primary working drive as all my working (design/drawing) are stored here at the moment.
At the worst scenario, I will just break the casing and take out the HDD and dock it to become a USB drive instead, which is painful, for the price I paid.