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HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630 (0J22423) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: In my previous review of the HGST 7K1000 (2/3/2015), I noted that most other brands of external/portable 2.5" hard drives were 5400 RPM while the HGST 7K1000 is 7200 RPM (I bought several to install in hard drive enclosures to use as very fast portable drives).

After making that statement, I realized the HGST Touro series portable hard drives are 7200 RPM.

So I called Hitachi and asked if the hard drive used in the 1 TB Touro was the 7K1000. They would not comment one way or another (which made me suspect it was not).

Out of curiosity, I purchased a 1 TB HSGT Touro to benchmark and compare it with the results I got for the 7K1000 in an ORICO external enclosure.

The results were interesting (at least to me). The 1 TB Touro, although 7200 RPM, benchmarked no better than the 5400 RPM Western Digital My Passport Ultra or the Seagate equivalent. Using ATTO I measured 122.814 MB/s Sequential Read, and 118.144 MB/s Sequential Write.

These figures are significantly below the Read/Write speeds I measured on the 1 TB HSGT 7K1000 in an ORICO USB 3.0 enclosure.

The access time on the 7K1000 also measured slightly lower than the Touro (lower access time is better).

The 1 TB Touro generally sells for $69.99 on Newegg as does the 7K1000. But Newegg frequently runs the HGST 7K1000 on sale for $59.99. If you can score one on sale, and add $12.99 for the ORICO enclosure, you will have a significantly faster portable drive for only about $3.00 more than the everyday price of the 1 TB Touro.

Alternatively, if you are simply going to install a 7K1000 as a replacement notebook OS drive, or use it in a game console, I have not measured a faster (non-flash cache) 2.5" hard drive. It's a bargain for the money.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: One final thing to consider (if you plan to install a 7K1000 in an external enclosure) -- the 7K1000 comes with a three year warranty while the Touro has a two year warranty.

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APRICORN ASW-USB3-25 USB3.0 to SATA Adapter
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Clone 3.5" drives, too 03/20/2015

This review is from: APRICORN ASW-USB3-25 USB3.0 to SATA Adapter

Pros: I tried what James W. suggested and it works great.

The Apricorn USB to SATA adapter uses the (5V.) power from your USB ports to power 2.5" drives, but it won't power 3.5" drives which need 12V.

If you try to use the EZ-Gig software with another brand of (12V.) powered adapter, you will get a message telling you that the EZ-Gig software can't find the Apricorn (USB to SATA) adapter.

There is, however, an EZ (pardon the pun) work around.

Purchase a SATA data *extension* cable. Carefully cut off the plastic tabs on either side of the male end (that would normally secure the cable) so it will fit into the Apricorn adapter). Plug that end of the SATA data extension cable into the data port of the Apricorn USB to SATA adapter and plug the other end into your 3.5" drive.

Then simply use any spare SATA power cable connected to your motherboard to supply 12V. power to the drive.

When you restart your computer the EZ-Gig software will now recognize the presence of the Apricorn USB to SATA adapter and will clone a 3.5" drive.

I have done this a number of times with no issues at all. Pretty handy. Thanks James.

Cons: None

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OCZ Vertex 460A VTX460A-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Chuck M writes: Cons: No instructions provided in the box.

Chuck, I have purchased (so far) four of the new (Vertex 460A) SSDs and all four came with clear instructions in the box on how to install them in a laptop as well as a desktop.

Perhaps the one you received was an anomaly and missing the instructions but if you contact OCZ, I feel sure they will email you a set.

Cons: None.

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Display Name: Bruce C.

Date Joined: 11/26/12

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  • First Review: 03/21/13
  • Last Review: 03/05/15
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