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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Really fast drive and for 1.5 TB really cheap. I read some of the reviews and thought this would be a gamble buying this drive, but have nothing but good things to say about it. I bought 11 of these drives and NONE were doa, or have died within a month. They ave a great transfer speed, and work well with RAID. I have 4 set for hot swap between my 2 computers, 2 set up with raid 1 (mirror), and 4 with raid 5, and one spare drive. I have had no problems with the raid setup failing a drive, or any problems at all.

Cons: They are a bit loud at startup, clicking sounds when the drive powers up for about 15 seconds. Other than that, my systems is so loud i wouldnt be able to hear the drives at normal operating speed anyways.

Other Thoughts: Cheap drive, great value, no problems. If you want a fast, massive, and inexpensive hard drive buy this one. Windows XP doesnt normally allow drives over 2TB so had to split the 4.5 TB raid 5 array into 3 volumes. Now have about 15TB storage with really fast raid for about $2000.

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LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS120-04
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap cost. Works fine if there is no need to get a disc read / burnt fast.

Cons: Really slow burning a disc, shows as writing at 8X but takes 30 minutes to burn a dvd.

Other Thoughts: Dont know if it is a defective drive or just plain bad. Using nero to burn dvds drive buffer level jumps around 20% - 60% when burning. Using LG blu ray / dvd-r N82E16827136133 stays at 100% using the same computer, same discs, same files and burns 5X faster.

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iStarUSA D-406-B6SA-BLUE Steel 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Chassis 2 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very Sturdy construction, but heavy. Great hot swap bay design, good looking case.

Cons: Ventilation isnt the greatest. It has 2 rear spots for 80mm fans, and comes with one installed 80mm fan but isnt a the greatest. For anything that produces heat get a pair of high speed fans.

Other Thoughts: I use this as a gaming case and I had to remove the fan behind one of the hot swap bays to allow room for the graphics card. The installed fans, and hot swap fans arent that quiet.

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Display Name: Robert M.

Date Joined: 10/19/04

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 11/17/08
  • Last Review: 03/23/09
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