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HGST Deskstar NAS H3IKNAS40003272SN (0S03664) 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Very little vibration or heat (warm to the touch during formatting). Really quiet for a 7200 RPM drive. One of the better looking drive covers in my opinion with clear plastic covering the drive screws instead of stickers.

Cons: More expensive than the WD Red drives.

Other Thoughts: A full format was completed in 8 hours, 21minutes, ~30s and the available drive space was 3.63TB. I wanted to try this drive out since the HGST drives in general seem to have the lowest failure rates. I was unable to find specific reliability stats for this exact model but their entire line seems to outperform the competitors. I have had no problems with most of the WD Red drives I have purchased when used as individual drives or in a DROBO. There was one 3TB that failed after a couple months and the refurbished RMA replacement just had an issue that required data recovery in my DROBO 5N. The healed status concerns me so this drive may be taking its place if it acts up again. I was hoping to swap out one of the 1TB drives for more capacity but the flashing yellow lights on my DROBO put an end to that plan. Time will tell if it really is better than the WD drives I have been using for the last 6+ years. Based on my initial impression, I will buy more if there is another decent sale.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL8D-8GBXM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Not DOA. I have purchased 4 sticks of G.Skill 1333 and 6 sticks of 1866 memory and never had a problem with any of them. Of course I also purchased 3 sticks of Corsair 1600 and two sticks of DDR2 800 and they worked great as well. So many variables that can lead to failure in a product of this nature and yet they are consistently reliable. I wish software was this trouble free.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Other Thoughts: I have read numerous articles trying to figure out if jumping from 8 to 16GB of memory makes an improvement. The consensus seemed to be that it would make no difference unless you were performing memory intensive tasks like Photoshop or video editing. Awhile back when memory was much cheaper, I tried it just out of curiosity. I could detect any improvement and used the 2nd set to build another PC. This time around it seems like it has made the PC more responsive while loading webpages even though the WEI memory score only improved by 0.1 points. Could just be my imagination but mostly I'm satisfied that they function.

NETGEAR ProSAFE 5-Port Fast Ethernet Switch (FS105) - Lifetime Warranty
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I enjoyed using this product for several years without any problems. It was replaced with an 8 Port switch recently but still works just fine. I was also impressed with the metal housing and the fine orange peel finish.

Cons: None so far


Michael K.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 07/03/08

  • Reviews: 51
  • Helpfulness: 26
  • First Review: 11/27/08
  • Last Review: 12/04/15
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