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Other Thoughts: I upgraded an older PC to Windows 7 from XP but the old motherboard did not have any Win 7 compatible drivers on their website. I replaced the motherboard (and RAM and CPU) and decided to keep the floppy drive. I needed a longer floppy cable because the new location of the new mobo floppy connector.
Reviewed By:mailpup,7/6/2014 7:27:09 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: My older review is the one signed Richard E to the top right. I just used up my last one of these, and I will be soon buying another just as a spare. As I learn more about disk drives, and testing software, like spinrite, and hdsentinel, i am also learning more about SMART values. You can get SMART info from speedfan, in hex, or from HDTune in decimal - which I prefer. I noticed a C7 value, CRC errors, which I read about in wikipedia in the SMART article - and those are cable errors. I just did a bunch of spinrite testing, and my CRC values were increasing on my test computer secondary ide channel - and I thought it was a good 80 pin flat cable. I put on my last round cable - the one I am reviewing - and the problems disappeared.
Cons: Yes, the collars can be somewhat heavy, and you might want to cut them off. Lately I am not doing that, and they seem fine. One drive that kept disconnecting - I would boot up and it wasn't there - and I had blamed it on the heavy collar- that seemed to be a problem with that particular disk - the problem continued even with a change back to the flat ribbon, and finally I put a different disk in its place and no more disconnecting.
Other Thoughts: I only just recently learned about C7 CRC errors. You won't even see this in the HDTune health tab, unless you have one of the older WD ide drives - I own 15 ide 3.5" drives among various older towers, and a bunch of sata drives on two newer gaming towers. I have started doing spinrite testing on all my drives - I decided it's a once-a-year thing, to keep the drives refreshed. I also bought wd sentinel, and in discussion with the author, I am impressed by his approach, but I haven't evaluated it well enough. I do know, that you can't leave drives sitting on a shelf for years, and expect them to function - run them at least once a year, if not twice - a good run of several hours. Spinrite seems great for that.
Reviewed By:Richard E.,4/26/2014 8:33:59 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Pros: When rubbery/vinyl/whatever cable sleeving was in style, yellow was just what I needed in a case I painted Suburu style for a customer.
Cons: They just failed at everything. I love ya Thermaltake but honestly, after just a little bit of handling to clean up cables in the cases they were installed in, the rubber stuff would get severely dislocated from the cables and if there was any pressure between the header and the socket, individual wires would pop out and render them useless.
Other Thoughts: These were cheap, and very poorly made. 5 eggs because Thermaltake has done some great things for my builds over the years and I would hate to bring them down with a bad review. So, these things here get 1 egg by my standards, but I am applying 5 eggs because it has been years since I bought em. Lots has changed since!
Reviewed By:camux,11/8/2013 8:52:10 PM
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