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SAMSUNG Spinpoint M8 ST1000LM024(HN-M101MBB) 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: So far working great -- not intended as a main OS drive, this is an old school 5400 rpm drive. Its passmark rating is even a bit lower than the WD blue drive of same size, so don't expect blazing performance.

Buy on price.

That's what I did.

Cons: Con? Well it says Samsung AND Seagate on the label. So what does that mean for reliability?

Is it seagate reliable or is it samsung reliable?
Does the brand combination make it better than either alone?
Or worse?

Other Thoughts: There have been over 200 reviews of this drive. Most are of the character, "its a drive, it works"

So all I can say, is its nothing fancy, but it is inexpensive. If you are looking for a second hard drive to live in the dvd bay of your laptop or in an external enclosure, you've got a good candidate here.

Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD3 240GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price. You've got a bunch of choices, and if you are buying on price you cannot go wrong here.

I can confirm this works as an extra drive in a Dell Latitude E6440 i7 4600M -- you need to remove the corner cover to get it into the slot...

Cons: (1) Power consumption is a bit high (by comparison to other SSD devices), so you might prefer to spend more on a lower power device if this is to be your boot drive in a net top or tablet.

See other thoughts.

(2) Seq Write speed is only around 250mbps. This is typically not a big deal as read speed is the one you are more likely to notice. I guess if you are constantly writing big files, you might care, otherwise no biggie.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this in a laptop (E6440) that already has a SSD for the OS. So this drive will be primarily hosting virtual machine vhd files -- allowing virtual machines to start and run quickly without consuming valuable OS drive space. Seems a pretty good config for those of you who use windows 8.1's ability to host virtual machines.

Because of this, both the power consumption and write speed are not issues for me. As a secondary drive, the OS puts it to sleep after 10 minutes of disuse - so no extra drain on my batteries when traveling. When I'm using the drive, its usually at my desk because I'm doing something with a VM.

Once the VM's are set up on the drive, its read speed that really governs performance.

Nice drive, good price. The newer version from crucial, the M550 is quite a bit more expensive, but resolves both the speed and power consumption issues.

As someone else said, don't be afraid to buy this drive, especially on sale.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C11D-16GRSL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I can confirm this RAM works fine in a E6440 / i7 4600M. Don't wast your money on faster speeds if your BIOS cannot take advantage.

This is exactly the low voltage (1.35) CL 11, DDR3 1600 specification that Dell puts in the machine themselves.

Cons: Its unclear what the difference is between the Ripjaws and standard version of this memory, so my suggestion is to go on price.

If G.Skill can tell me why Ripjaws laptop memory is better than similarly specced G.Skill standard laptop memory, I would love to know..... other than the colorful sticker...

Other Thoughts: Do you need 16GB in your laptop? With windows 8.1 and speedy large SSD's its now possible to host a number of virtual machine on a laptop. If you are a developer, or in the software business, this is a great way to keep your "base operating system" separate and clean from your development or test environments.

You could even set up a "personal" operating system that you use to surf the web, Facebook etc., without the possibility of infecting your corporate operating system.


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Display Name: Aaron B.

Date Joined: 10/15/06


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