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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: Lightweight

Thin

Fast transfer speed

Already on latest firmware

3 year warranty

Cons: Was not recognized on 2 external drive caddies

Plastic clamshell packaging is a pain to open

Drive graphics are kind of plain, but most will never see it once installed.

TLC drive. While a con when compared to MLC, in all practical uses, this will probably be just as good as a MLC drive for most.

Other Thoughts: I tried 2 external drive caddies (one Seagate that plugged directly onto the drive, one dock) and the drive was not recognized, tried it on 3 different computers. Was about to say forget it but decided to try hooking it up internally, and then it was recognized. I formatted it and then it worked in the external drive caddies. Not sure what the deal was, never had that happen before.

Read/Write speeds are between 475 and 550 consistently, even on USB 3.0.

I am now using this as my only drive on my HTPC. Copied old install over to drive and also use it for recorded TV. This will really give the drive a workout (live TV constantly records to it, and I record several GB of shows daily). Seems to run smoothly so far.

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Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH1000101 Gold
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Pros: It is a very thin but attractive case.
The White LED is very unobtrusive, yet easy to see from most any angle.
The gold color is not glossy at all, a very satin finish to it.
The dimples break up what would otherwise be a plain surface.
After transferring 20 gigs of data (110-115MB/s read and write) the case was right at 104°F, barely warm at all.
Very portable. It is more inconvenient carrying the cable than the drive itself.
200 GB online storage for free (for 2 years) through OneDrive, setup is simple if you already have it setup.

Cons: No built in security. Yes it is easy to find online, but should be included IMO.
Price is too high. You can get double the capacity for just ten dollars more with the 2 tb model. This is the reason for 1 egg off.

Other Thoughts: I am now using this plugged in to my router as a central storage location. It is thin enough to fit under the router, so it takes up no extra space. Kind of a shame to hide it though since it looks so nice.

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Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Fast access times (170MB/sec average)
Speed boost for frequent programs with the SSD portion
Tons of Storage space

Cons: Bit of an issue because of the size. Initially only had 2 tb usable. Drive needs to be set up as a GPT drive, not a MRB drive. A quick command prompt and diskpart utility in Windows fixed it though.

Other Thoughts: I am using this as a primary drive from my home server (WHS 2011).
I went from a 128 gig SSD boot drive, 2 tb WD Green for primary storage and 500 gb drive for tv recordings, to having everything on this and using the older 2 tb drive as a backup.
Since this thing only gets booted once a month or so, having the SSD was no real advantage. With this drive, I am getting quicker boot times than what I was with a WD green 640 gig drive, but not as fast as the SSD (but again, not a issue for my use).
Since all my stuff is remotely accessed, I have no idea if this hybrid drive is "faster" or not, but for my needs, it seems to be doing just a good as 3 separate drives.

Benchmark results from HD Tune
Transfer rates:
Minimum 107 MB/s
Maximum 188 MB/s
Average 170 MB/s
Access time: 11.1 ms

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Display Name: Nolan H.

Date Joined: 03/25/07

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