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This review is from: Kingston FCR-HS3 USB 3.0 Support CompactFlash, CF Type I, CF Type II, SD, SDHC, SDHC UHS-I, SDXC, SDXC UHS-I, microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick/M2, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Sti
Pros: Fast, Looks Cool, Indicator Light, Relatively Compact,
Cons: Cheap USB Cable
Other Thoughts: I was using this for my desktop to transfer my work images. It reads and writes to and from the cards as fast as they're capable, so even with my SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards [90MBs read/write], I never noticed any bottlenecks from the reader.
However, the card-reader started to randomly drop from the file explorer while transferring data over USB 3.0. I had bought two [as a photographer, you never want to be caught without a way to transfer your images], and the 2nd one had similar behavior. I found they worked fine over USB 2.0, so thought it might've been my MOBO throwing errors.
After updating drivers and firmwares, I had no luck. Finally decided to try a new cable, and everything started working as it should. I want to say that, as it was only used on my desktop, the cable was hardly ever moved or jostled, so this was worrying. If you're having issues, try the cable!
Pros: Fast, Quiet, Cheap, Cool
Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace a couple of smaller drives in my tower. Put it on my dock to transfer files, and I was genuinely surprised at how quiet it was. I didn't hear any drive chatter while writing over a TB of data onto it, and the open HDD dock was 3ft away.
Putting my hand on it, I also found it to be cool. My experiences with some Samsung and WD drives on my dock, I always found them to run warm to the touch, so this was a nice surprise. It should bode well for longevity to know that the heat won't be a killer of the drive.
Pros: Fast and Cost Efficient
Other Thoughts: Replaced a Crucial C300 [256GB] with this Corsair as my main work drive and scratch disk for my photo work [LR5 and Photoshop]. The C300 was nice for the years I had it, but on a system with native SATA3, it was showing its age.
The Seagate is very fast out of the box and I had no issues using it right away. My work flow has sped up a bit, which leads me to think that the C300 was up for the task and that software is still working onto catching up with the hardware.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better drive [it cost me .56/GB] at the 240-256GB range, I highly recommend checking this one out.