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SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs 4TB problems with older Windows 08/10/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: Solid drive, runs reasonably cool, and relatively fast data transfer with USB 3.
However, if you are running any Win7 or earlier (newer versions of Win7 64-bit may not have this problem), you may have some difficulties in using all the capacity of this drive. If you have WinXP, or 32-bit Win7, you definitely won't be able to access all 4TB. This is not a problem with the drive: it's a limit built in to older versions of Windows because at the time they were written, drives this large were simply undreamed of. There is a workaround, though. Go to (support<dot>microsoft<dot>com<forwardslash>kb<forwardslash2581408) (I had to do it that way so NE would accept it!). It tells you how to configure your version of Windows for HDs larger than 2TB.

Cons: Manufacturers need to let consumers know of this difficulty in their literature. A utility to "adjust" the OS configuration would be nice!

Other Thoughts: If you are running any Win7 or earlier (newer versions of Win7 64-bit may not have this problem), you may have some difficulties in using all the capacity of this drive. If you have WinXP, or 32-bit Win7, you definitely won't be able to access all 4TB. This is not a problem with the drive: it's a limit built in to older versions of Windows because at the time they were written, drives this large were simply undreamed of. There is a workaround, though. Go to (support<dot>microsoft<dot>com<forwardslash>kb<forwardslash2581408) (I had to do it that way so NE would accept it!). It tells you how to configure your version of Windows for HDs larger than 2TB.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs MUCH better than 8! 07/07/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Pros: Stable, easy install, 64-bit supports lots of RAM, good software and hardware compatibility,

Cons: Can't buy the "retail" version that lets you install on 3 machines anymore. This makes it expensive if you're wanting to install it on more than one machine. Also, who is the guy at Microsoft with the microscopic vision? Jeez, guy, at least supply a cheap plastic magnifier for the rest of us!

Other Thoughts: My company had been using WinXP for several years, and it was fine. However, when Microsoft quit supporting it, the "upgraded" all the company machines to Win8. Oh, my! Nothing but problems. Software incompatibility, hardware (printers, mostly) incompatibility, and many other difficulties. Somehow, they managed to swing some sort of deal and "downgraded" to Win7 Pro 64-bit. All the problems miraculously went away! If you're planning on upgrading an older computer, stick with Win7 - as long as it meets the minimum hardware requirements. Win 8 just has too many potential problems for me to be able to recommend it.

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Barska Starwatcher 675x900mm Refractor Telescope 80060
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Typical cheap, small refractor telescope 03/23/2014

This review is from: Barska Starwatcher 675x900mm Refractor Telescope 80060

Pros: A barely adequate telescope for a budding astronomer

Cons: Poorly made mount, over-blown magnification ability, poor quality eye pieces.

Other Thoughts: This is a classic 60mm refractory telescope; that is, the larger lens at the front of the telescope is 60 millimeters, or about 2.4", in diameter. The diameter of this lens, in accordance with certain optical physics laws, determines the limits of its performance. For one thing, the maximum usable magnification for any telescope this size is about 100X. Any more would be like using a powerful magnifier on a newspaper photograph: beyond a certain magnification, you don't really see any more detail.
This being said, a telescope like this can show you such things as the mountains on the moon, color bands and the satellites of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and some of the brighter of the "deep-sky" objects (the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda galaxy, and such.) As long as its limitations are recognized, it can be an economical way to spark a youngster's interest in astronomy.

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Dan M.'s Profile

Display Name: Dan M.

Date Joined: 02/22/07

  • Reviews: 44
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  • First Review: 06/19/08
  • Last Review: 08/10/14
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