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Pros: Bought four and one contained ~1% bad blocks, RMA'd it. I don't hold that against WD. Every so often a bad egg gets through. No worries. Running in a RAID 10 with transfer rates of ~100-150MB/s for GB sized files, and 40-60MB/sec for a bunch of 3-4MB files. Not disappointed in the transfer rates, it is to be expected on a lower RPM drive and in a RAID 10 config. After exhaustive surface test I pulled them to do the "feel" test and they were warm to the touch but still quite reasonable. RAID is setup in a Mediasonic HFR2-SU3S2 Rev. 2. Very nice device if I do say so my self. I recommend it to anyone looking to setup a small, 8TB (4x4TB, RAID 10) media archive.
Cons: None so far. I did not above that one of four drives was below my standards for a new drive so I RMA'd it, however, if someone was not so finicky it could have been used. WD Lifeguard software will repair bad blocks, but I want to start with a pristine drive.
Other Thoughts: Does its job.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Mediasonic HP1-SU3 PCI Express USB 3.0 ProBox Card
Pros: Works well once you get it working. Getting transfer rates of GB sized files at 100-150MB/s, smaller 3-5MB files, ~40-60MB/s. All in all not too shabby. This card came free as a promo with the mediasonic pro raid box i ordered so cant really beat the price.
Cons: Running a Win7 system and drivers provided on disk would not install at first. The autorun install would give an installer error. This is a bogus error and I found a workaround. Their are binary drivers on the disk. Load those first and then update with the Win7 drivers on the disk. Worked for me. I took one egg because of the bit of strife the driver provided me, but seems to be holding up fine. Being a promo "cheap" card you have to expect their to be a hiccup or two.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great for household use. Bought this for its self-contained RAID because portability is important to me. Documents provided leave the user wanting, but if you go to the Mediasonic website and download the documents they have you are in good shape. Easy to use and hard to screw up.
Running 4x4TB WD Reds. Seamless setup and runs cool to touch. Made the smart choice and running via USB 3.0. Transfer rates for large files (movies) ~100-140MB/sec, small files 3-5MB in size, getting ~40-60MB/s using promo expansion card Mediasonic provided. Very happy with transfer speeds and versatility of this box. If I need to expand in the future I would definitely purchase another, or get the 8-disk version.
Cons: No cons for the box to say. The drives for the USB 3.0 expansion card were very flaky with Win7. Had to load the binary driver first and then upgrade it using driver on the disk. If i just used the auto run setup i would get an installer error, which was bogus. Again though, the box functions without so much as a hiccup. Five eggs for sure.READ FULL REVIEW