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ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB992SK-B Full Metal 2 x 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fits in a 3.5" floppy disk slot flawlessly. Like everyone else that bought this thing has said, its mounted on the side with screws. So if you have an empty "traditional" empty 3.5" floppy drive slot, this thing is the ticket.

Mechanism for ejecting the drives feels very sturdy and smooth. Disks are adequately cooled. No errors or issues with hot swapping drives in Windows 2008 server. Disc transfer speed in benchmarks is unchanged as well. Verified to support SATA III.

The lock does not turn off power like other hot-swap trays I have used in the past. It is just a lock to secure the drive. I like this design way better.

Cons: Cost. Not super expensive, but costs more than most.

Other Thoughts: You get a free tray if you fill out the promotional form. It makes the higher price a little more bang for your buck.

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WD SE WD2000F9YZ 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Affordable enterprise grade drives 11/03/2014

This review is from: WD SE WD2000F9YZ 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Hard Drive

Pros: Western Digital reliability, 24/7/365 useage, Quiet, 5 year warranty, 7200 RPM, lower wattage than RE's, 1 million hours MTBF, drives are "short stroked"

Bought 5 of these for around 625 dollars.

Cons: Did not work with SATA II 3.0 (for me). Drive showed as "failed" in Western Digital tools software until I re-tested it with a SATA III 6.0Gb/sec controller.

Ended up spending about 150 dollars on a new SAS/SATA controller and 2 SAS to SATA breakout cables.

Other Thoughts: I had issues using these drives with the SATA II (3.0 Gb/sec) controller on a supermicro server motherboard. I talked with their tech support (supermicro) and the drive should have worked since it was no larger than 2TB.

I could not format without tons of errors. I used both the western digital tool and Windows 2008 disk management to format. I tried both quick and complete. There is a jumper on the drives to "downgrade" it to SATA II, but it did not work.

I ended up purchasing a brand new supermicro PCIe SATA III SAS/SATA controller and everything worked fine.

These drive are decent. Speed ranges from 80-150 MB/sec when benchmarked, depending on what part of the platter the data is. Typical large file (2 GB+) transfers was more in the range of 80-120 on average.

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BYTECC Black 1.44/1.25 MB 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Are you still using a floppy disk?? 10/28/2014

This review is from: BYTECC Black 1.44/1.25 MB 3.5" External USB Floppy Drive Model BT-144

Pros: Windows 7 saw the drive and I was able to access "old" files from the 1990's with no problems. USB cable length is perfect to sit the drive on top of the case and plug it into the front computer case USB ports.

Cons: None for this drive. It works perfectly.

Other Thoughts: Makes a 5400 rpm IDE HDD look fast. Bought this for someone else to use for transfering data to "older windows machines". Godspeed.

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Display Name: Justin M.

Date Joined: 05/16/03

  • Reviews: 25
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 08/10/13
  • Last Review: 11/07/14
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