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StarTech S2510BMU33 Aluminum / Plastic 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works with 2TB drive - product specs only said tested to 1TB.
Works with XBOX one just fine as USB 3.0 powered drive
Sturdy, compact, unobtrusive, aluminum case.
Drive secured with screws. Drive tray secured in outer housing with screws. Drive PCB not exposed near outer shell.
Comes with good cable and one long enough to front/side place on Xbox yet comfortably reach around and plug into the back.

Cons: Could come with some felt or plastic feet or plastic.

Other Thoughts: My first Startech product and I'm very pleased. It's well made and the most up to date on all current technologies.

Case gets a bit warm on use - but not hotter than a drive runs at. So I think it's adequately conducting heat out. It does have front vents. It's on it's side next to the XBOX ONE. I added side edge bottom feet (not included) to raise/isolate it some. Secondarily I added bumpers to ensure a gap if the Xbox was pressed against it on the shelf.

I researched a ALL of the NewEgg enclosures of this type. Most others had issues such as
- plastic case; even if sturdy doesn't conduct heat out like an aluminum case
- Real drive capacity limitations such as 512 or 1TB
- Systemic reliability issues reported by reviewers
- Pseudo "USB 3" port upgrades to what is/was a USB 2.0 product. So not reliabily matching speeds
- SATA II support - or "SATA III Compatability" which can mean it won't choke on SATA III but will only run at SATA II speeds.

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SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E1T0B/AM 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive is smoking fast and generally meets or exceeds Samsung's published specs.

Cons: Samsung Magician is inconsistent and poor about settings and properly reporting performance. Generally requires reboot to change it's view of the world (esp partitions) even if it doesn't say so.

Other Thoughts: If you're replacing a HDD with a SSD then you MUST set windows directly or via Magician that you have SSD and to change the appropriate settings.

The difference in GB from 1024 based and 1000 based sizing - will say you've got roughly 900 "gig" . All drives do this now - and most of them (including Samsung) use that difference for sparing, wear leveling, reliability. This is most important in SSDs so I don't complain so much.

Samsung Magician also request that you "Over Provision" by letting it "use" up to 10% of the last partition on your drive. This "over provisioning" is used for "fast writes" that it later coalesces into your partitions "where it belongs". This helps as a flash write requires a read-insert-write cycle unless it's known a flash block is empty. So "over provisioning" uses free space (known empty) as skip-read-do-write blocks so is much faster. That said - I'm told 8.1 may do this already - and I haven't found anything concise. Then you can use that space on that last partition - so it's not lost . Folks mostly say don't let any partition get more than 75% full and there should be enough "free space" for these SSD write optimizations to work..

Samsung Magician's performance benchmark is inconsistent. After a few days it started saying my sequential was 1/10th of what it should be. Per the web :) I used ATTO benchmark and it showed the drive was running as recommended.

Many people say you must "start from scratch" on a HDD->SSD but that's not true. You just need to make the system changes.

Samsung Data Migration will purport to make all these - but it wouldn't let me migrate from an (mostly empty) 2TB hdd in a new laptop to the 1GB 850 EVO. Few tools will shrink partitions (not even Acronis)

So you can do well just copying partitions over hdd->SSD but you need to tweak the settings. Magicians "optimize OS" will do that for you. Or from disk properties, advanced, Optimize : make sure all your partitions are set to optomize, and I'd say once per day.

Enjoy these smoking fast drives!

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FREMO M66 6000mAh Lithium Polymer Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone, iPad, Galaxy S5, S4, Note 3, HTC One, PS Vista and other Smartphones and Tablets
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Compact and sleek.

Cons: Shuts off after 15 minutes - so you can't leave it unattended - even over lunch.

Seems to do better until it loses 1 charge bink then it seems to shut off after 3-5 minutes. This is after a full charge.

Specifications don't match received product. The device label says 5V 1 Amp and the above says 5V 1.5 A

Device is not hot or anything. Just shuts off frequently esp after losing one charge bink.

The other night (1st night after full charge) I let it charge my phone over night - a key application for me - camping and on trips.

Woke up and phone was moved to home charging station. Why? Kids were kept away in the middle of the night by incessant beeping from the phone after this device and completely drained the phone. I'm guessing it shut off and then in that mode is happy to accept power from the phone. So it drained the phone. That's a super negative strike against unattended charging.

Other Thoughts: Using with a

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Michael H.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael H.

Date Joined: 02/21/05

  • Reviews: 21
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 10/17/06
  • Last Review: 07/12/15
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