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DELL Laptop E5520 Intel Core i5 2.50 GHz 4GB Memory 256GB SSD 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works as is and has zero bloatware but also has no 30 day virus protection either.

Cons: Virtually no documentation including features and how to use them. No Dell warranty. For instance, there is a small switch on the side that turns off the WIFI which is pretty neat IF you know it is there and what it is when you are trying to figure out what happened to the WIFI.

Other Thoughts: Pretty good because you get it for about half the retail price and the party that does the rehab loaded a system with absolutely no bloatware but there is no documentation - not even a PFD of the owner's manual. All warranty is through the 3rd party, no Dell.

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Seagate STBD6000100 6TB 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs STBD6000100 6 TB drive review 03/01/2015

This review is from: Seagate STBD6000100 6TB 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Working fine now but read the "Other Thoughts" for the strange issue I had. Consistently getting 125 to 150 MB/sec transfer rates in real life and up to 200 MB/sec with HD Tune Pro.

Cons: The mounting arrangement is not an issue in my enclosure so that is not a negative to me but others have complained about it so be sure and be aware of the particulars.

Other Thoughts: I bought one a number of months ago and the installation was one of the easiest I have had and has worked well so I recently bought two more and installed them and all seemed OK until I started to transfer data and it was excruciatingly slow. In some cases the write rates were in the single MB/s range when I was expecting at least 100 MB/s. I did some testing with HD Tune Pro and sure enough the first drive had test transfer rates of just under 200 MB/s for blocks of over 512 byte. And as expected the reads were slightly higher than the writes. And windows routinely reported real world sustained reads and writes of 120 to 145 MB/s.

On the other hand the new drives reported extremely low write rates and HD Tune Pro also showed that while the read rate were around 150 MB/s the write rates peaked around 65-128 byte blocks at below 150 then fell from there to low double digits by 8192 bytes which is probably where most large files would be. I tried switching controllers and SATA ports and the results were nearly the same. In desperation I deleted the partitions with Windows' Disk Management, rebooted and then created new partition(s) and retested with HD Tune Pro and now they all preform nearly identically. I have no idea what happened the first time because I think I created the new disks, GPT and the partitions the same way with Disk Manager but they all doing well now. If anyone has any idea about what I experienced I would appreciate a note.

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Seagate STBD6000100 6TB 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Huge drive. Reasonably fast for a big gigantic drive. I had no issues installing or using them.

Cons: None other than they are still pricey but the price is coming down and I see some specials now and again.

Other Thoughts: I agree the mounting screw holes are in a non standard position but in my mounting arrangement this has not been a problem. I have two of them purchased over 4 or 5 months and have had no hiccups from either.

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Display Name: Bob N.

Date Joined: 06/03/03

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  • First Review: 03/02/06
  • Last Review: 04/12/15
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