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ViewSonic Pro Series VP2130b Black 21.3
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: No one will ever read this, but I thought it would be fun to note that it just died after 5 years. I was using it as a secondary monitor in a dual-monitor setup. Now I'm using my even older Viewsonic from 2005! LOL

Cons: Didn't last forever.

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SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I got three of these on Shell Shocker. I won't say the price because it'll be censored anyway. Anywho...I put them in a hardware RAID5 (Intel ICH10R) for a total usable space of 2TB and can survive the loss of any one of them and still keep trucking until I replace the hypothetical dead drive. It's still possible to lose the array (and data) during the rebuild process, but that's what backups are for!
Reads are as fast as a 2 drive RAID0, writes are SLOWER than molasses in January. Speed hardly matters anyway because my Windows 7 drive is an Intel SSD.

Cons: It's too expensive to send them to Mars. Oh...and no matter how long you waited, you'd never observe this hard drive cross the event horizon of a black hole! Totally unacceptable! Hopefully, Samsung can address these potentially deal-breaking issues in their future internal mass storage devices.

Other Thoughts: This drive can only be in one of a limited amount of possible combinations of 1's and 0's...
2 raised to the 8,000,000,000,000th power. So just keep that in mind.

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Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Oh My G.d! I love it. Coming from a RAID 0+1...this thing is FAST!

Cons: Price? Only 80GB? No reach-around?

Other Thoughts: I'm using this as my windows drive/frequently used programs. and bigger mechanical drive(s) for backup/storage.

I used to grow a shadow beard waiting for Photoshop CS3 to load on my "old" computer. I now load Photoshop CS4-64bit in less than 4 seconds!!!

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Ronald B.'s Profile

Display Name: Ronald B.

Date Joined: 02/12/03

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 06/18/03
  • Last Review: 01/09/13
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