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WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Works great in my 2011 MBP 17" 04/02/2016

This review is from: WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL

Pros: Fast, fast, fast!
Should be far less expensive than a full solid state drive, and almost as fast when you need it, but don't pay over $150 for it.

Cons: These drives used to have a lot of problems, but that was resolved when WD updated the firmware in them.
I can't believe the companies selling these for $180-450. That's absolutely ridiculous. I paid $130 for mine a year ago as the prices were dropping. Apparently there has since been a surge in interest, causing prices to skyrocket.

Other Thoughts: Drive works *great* in my 2011 MacBook Pro 17". Just follow the instructions to update the firmware and set up the drive, and OS X takes care of the rest. Also note you can put only one partition on the drive when you set it up as "fusion". Fusion lets OS X handle allocation of data between the actual hard drive and the flash memory.

I have another hybrid drive which has far less flash memory than this one, with no noticeable speed increase. You need a good solid chunk of flash memory to make a true hybrid. Otherwise the flash memory ends up being little more than a big buffer.

If you really want one of these, keep a watch here on NewEgg. Sometimes they are on sale for $130. Since you can now buy 1TB of 100% flash memory for $200-300, you don't want to buy a hybrid at anywhere near those prices.

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5 out of 5 eggs Works great in my 2011 MBP 17" 02/24/2016

This review is from: WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL

Pros: Fast, fast, fast!
Should be far less expensive than a full solid state drive, and almost as fast when you need it.

Cons: I can't believe the companies selling this for $180 on up. That's getting steep. I paid $130 for mine a year ago as the prices were dropping. Apparently there has since been a surge in interest, causing prices to skyrocket.

I see NewEgg is now selling them for $130. (Feb 2016) I'm going to buy another for a friend of mine.

Other Thoughts: Drive works *great* in my 2011 MacBook Pro 17". Just follow the instructions to set up the firmware, and OS X takes care of the rest. Also note you cannot partition the drive when you set it up as a "fusion" drive. Fusion lets OS X handle allocating of data between the actual hard drive and the flash memory.

I have another hybrid drive which has far less flash memory than this one, with no noticeable speed increase. You need a good solid chunk of flash memory to make a true hybrid. Otherwise the flash memory ends up being little more than a big buffer.

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10pcs Bottom Case Screws Set For Apple MacBook Pro 13
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4 out of 5 eggs Almost identical to original 12/06/2014

This review is from: 10pcs Bottom Case Screws Set For Apple MacBook Pro 13" 15" 17" A1278 A1286 A1297

Pros: They fit just like the originals, fit perfectly, and look identical when installed,

Cons: The small screws are not steel, and thus won't stick to a magnetic screwdriver. The thread tips of the small ones also don't look quite like the originals, but work fine, and look original once installed

Other Thoughts: I only hope the small ones aren't made of an inferior metal, causing them to strip in the future. Having them not made of steel makes it even easier to lose one and more difficult to install them.
Seems fine so far though.

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Date Joined: 12/06/05

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