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LG Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner WH16NS40
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Has handled everything I've thrown at it--well, at least put into the loading tray--from CD-R, +R, RW to Blu-ray R to RE (recording and playing).

Cons: None so far, but ROM units are notorious for not lasting as long as one would expect.

Other Thoughts: Can't wait until Microsoft comes up with a patch to correct the fact that when a second CD/DVD rom is installed in a system, one has to invoke the following reg edit in Run: reg.exe add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001.. in order for the thing to be recognized.
But that's not a fault of the drive--just Microsoft, of course.

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SYBA SY-ADA20079 InfoZone SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA III Device Adapter Cable with AC Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Works great if you can keep it connected. 01/25/2013

This review is from: SYBA SY-ADA20079 InfoZone SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA III Device Adapter Cable with AC Adapter

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: The plug-in for this gizmo is so loose that it keeps on falling off of the back of the hard drive. This is probably due to the weight of the thing plus the USB and power cord attached to it. Just a slight movement of the assembled unit causes the adapter to either become loose or fall off.
Having metal and woodworking skills and the appropriate tools, I was able to remedy this situation. Otherwise, we're talkin' duct tape to keep this thing attached to the rear of the drive if you don't have these skills.

Other Thoughts: I would give it five stars if the folks who designed this thing would have thought about making the attachment secure. By the way, you can PERMANENTLY attach the adapter to the hard drive with a judicial application of SuperGlue if you get really frustrated with it falling off--but be sure and not get excess glue on the electrical contacts.

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Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, Quite and Roomy as the review title states. I'm a real stickler for silence in my computer, and this one does not disappoint. Two tetrabytes? I think that's enough space to hold every word ever recorded in Congress since 1787 (not that I would want to read all of them). Fast? See other thoughts.

Cons: None so far although I have come across one web site written by geeks who say the thing might not last because of a thin, plastic coating on the platters (?). In any event, it's been working flawlessly for nearly a month now. Better have a motherboard with 6G capability to take advantage of the speed--3G ain't gonna' hack it.

Other Thoughts: I formally had two Seagate 31000333as drives in a RAID 0 array but sold them because they were a little noisy when seeking. Just for fun before getting rid of them I took out my stop watch and timed some events. From a clean boot, it took 12.2 seconds to get to Word. With the 32000641, the same test took 1.2 seconds. I think I'll get another one of these babies and hook them up in RAID 0 to see what I can come up with as far as access times.

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Display Name: Jan S.

Date Joined: 01/21/07

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 01/21/07
  • Last Review: 12/04/13
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