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Seagate Barracuda ST3750525AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Another good drive.

Cons: none that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: I purchased one of these, and had some free time, so I ran some tests on it. Drive shows as being a brand new drive with zero hours use. It may have been tossed into
refurb because it had, say, a high seek error rate. If that matters. Or maybe it is a brand new drive that got taken out of a returned system. Who knows? This one seems new to me.

In the old, old days you could change a few of the smart values in the firmware of a HD. That was some of the first HD's, I don't think that's true anymore. Some numbers have to jive. If you gave me a car with 100,000 mi on it, but zero on the odometer, then after I'm done testing it will act like an old car, I can tell.

I mainly check for smart errors on the three big ones: reallocation sector count, pending sector count and offline uncorrectable. I always use a smart utility that has a lot of features, so I can see what's going on. I'm currently using parted magic. With a good smart utility and the right tests, you should see any see weak or slow sectors. If you benchmark the drive you may catch issues as well. The free version of CrystalDiskInfo doesn't have nearly enough information for me. I have one drive in the process of imminent failure right now, the data on my other advanced smart utilities all show clearly that this drive has less than half of its life left, has other errors. Free version of CrystalDiskInfo says its 100% healthy, no problems at all. This drive won't even boot most of the time. It's really worth it to purchase that good smart software, (like maybe non-free CrystalDiskInfo) it will pay for itself if you use it a lot.

I stuck this drive in an old system with WindowsXP, just to see if it would recognize it. It did, but later it ran a chkdsk check on the drive, i couldn't stop it. Later, this caused the smart data to throw out some logical errors. This was enough to make the offline uncorrectable go from 0 to 1, meaning the drive failed the smart test. When I got it to a windows 8.1 machine and ran chkdsk /r /f it cleared all of this up. If you use old or buggy software or utilities on your HD, you can make logical errors on your drive, and it will fail the smart test. Of course you can correct the errors later, by running chkdsk on W7, W8 or W10 - maybe write all zeros on it first with software or dd.

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Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - CPU Cooler with 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Does a good job cooling. Fit in my Mid tower box. FX-8350 with a decent load. No issues so far. Held in place solidly by one big metal clip. Little feet to help stabilize it. Comes with silver thermal stuff.

Cons: Tight fit. I don't leave my computer case open any more, just in case it would somehow tip over into something other than a flat surface. Mobo is an ASUS M5A99FX it was a fairly tight fit.

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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice lightweight WD hard drive. Used Parted Magic's smart utility. Shows no errors at all, and no use previous to now.

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: My last refurb drive from Newegg turned out great. Hope this one lasts as long as that. Given the very positive test results, I don't see why it wouldn't.

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Display Name: Scott V.

Date Joined: 11/04/05

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/15/12
  • Last Review: 08/02/15
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