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SAMSUNG Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Quad Core 3GB Memory 32GB 12.2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 12 inch screen is great. The high resolution is great with the large screen. I like that it runs Kit Kat. Seems to have reasonable battery life and is definitely faster than my old Acer A700.

Cons: I don't like how Samsung has customized Android. I would prefer a more stock google android experience. There are the usual mfgr craplets that can't be uninstalled. At least you can disable most of them. Once I hacked away the undergrowth I have a useable device.

The major annoyance is the discovery of NO NETWORK TIME. I am not sure if this is Samsungs fault or Google thinking NTP is insecure. My other device (Acer A700 Jelly Bean) had the ability to use NTP to keep the clock accurate. The Samsung device does not allow this to be selected. I discovered my clock was 5 minutes off when daylight savings time happened recently. I never gave the clock a thought. Since it should be set by network time. Even ancient cruddy old widows will keep the clock right. But NO, the clock in my device runs fast. In a few months it is significantly off. So I thought -- install an app to sync the clock. But NO google does not allow aps to set the clock -- not without root! So the best I could do is an app that allows you to set the clock at a beep tone from an NTP server. You can get within a second with good reflexes. Wow how 21st century can you get. You shouldn't have to put up with this kinda stuff on Android. You shouldn't have to root your device just to keep the clock accurate.

Other Thoughts: Aside from the NTP thing, I'm pretty happy. Most of the world seems to like their 7 inch Phablets. I like my 12 in Tab, and carry a nice small, highly reliable (battery lasts forever) ancient Motorola flip phone.

Plugable USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SATA III Lay-Flat Hard Drive Docking Station (ASMedia ASM1053E SATA III to USB Chipset, UASP and 6TB+ Drive Support)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works exactly as advertised. My use is with 4TB Seagate drive removed from Seagate external enclosure. Unlike the Seagate enclosure, this device uses GPT internal drive formatting to allow putting the drive into a desktop or other multidisk arrays (like Mediasonic Probox). Even better, the Plugable web site is very clear and the specs for their products are very detailed. Most products of this price class, made in China, have very few specs and very poor web sites.

If you look closely on the site, the spec clearly says the device uses GPT for over 2TB disks. Exactly what I wanted.

The power switch is nice. You can switch it off when you doc the drive. Otherwise you would have pull the wall wart.

Cons: The only thing that occurs to me is some sort of plastic pop off cover might be nice to protect the disk drive when it is mounted in the docking station. I plan to use this as a USB backup device so the drive is somewhat exposed.

Other Thoughts: I also bought a USB docking device from Plugable. The products they have seem to be reasonablely priced and the specs are clear and detailed. Even for the inexpensive devices. Very happy to find Plugable on Newegg.

Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs It works but there's a secret 04/02/2015

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: Inexpensive 4TB drive compatible with XP thru Win 8.1.

Cons: There is a little secret you should know. The internal format is secret. The
USB controller in this drive fakes the OS into thinking it is an NTFS drive
with 4K sectors. Traditionally drives under the 2.2TB limit use 512 byte
sectors. XP can read drives larger than 2TB if they are formatted as 4K
sectors. The Controller in this device presents the OS as such.

If you have a failure of the cheap controller chip, you might think you can
crack the case open and put the drive on a sata dock or put it internal to a
desktop PC and recover the files. But you will be wrong. Windows will see the
drive as an unformatted partition and two unallocated partition. You can't
read them because they have a secret format that only the controller chip knows.

With a standard gpt or mbr formatted drive, you would have some hope of maybe
using a disk data recovery program to get some of the data off the drive by
putting it into a desktop or hooking it to a USB to Sata converter or a docking

So if you loose the cheapo USB controller chip, or it screws up translation,
say due to a power glitch, you loose your data. Or you pay Seagate to recover
it. You can't read it with anything be another Seagate controller.

I confirmed this by removing the internal drive. I put it into a Plugable USB3-SATA-UASP1 and the drive shows up as three partitions and is unreadable in Win 7. This is useless for a reliable backup device (unless you like trusting the USB controller chip). I reformatted it as gpt drive and voila, now it is useable with normal sata controllers (internal desktop or sata docks).

I believe a lot of reviews saying they have problems reading the disk or have
lost data, are due to the translation of disk format by the USB controller, not
actually a failed disk drive.

Other Thoughts: I would suggest for external drives over 2.2TB, avoiding the Toshiba, Seagate
and other mfgr external drives if they advertise XP compatibility. Most
certainly there is some translation going on in the controller. Instead buy a
device that says it doesn't support drives over 2.2TB unless you use GPT. This
means not compatible with stock XP. A good example of a device like this would
be the Plugable USB3-SATA-UASP1. This device uses GPT formatting and supports devices up to 6TB. Also I have Mediasonic probox usb3 4 disk housings that support up to 4TB. I can confirm that these work great with Win7 and 8.1 and
you can remove the drives and put them into your desktop or swap them between
units and the data is readable via the USB interfaces.

The seagate drive is a good organ donor, because its cheaper to buy that a bare drive or similar size. But depending on the controller IC adds another point of failure to the disk drive. The last thing you want to add to your backup drive is a reduction in reliability due to a cheapo USB controller chip.


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Date Joined: 12/10/07

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