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Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well priced for mlc SSD. I was able to install Max OS X El Capitan to it first using an external USB to SATA cable, and then installed it into 2 Mac Minis (late 2012 and 2010 models) and both are running smoothly and much faster than the old HDD. Also another one running in a old Acer Revo 3610, and will buy another to put into a HP Pavilion dm1 laptop soon. About same transfer speeds using external USB 3.0 cable vs installing it internally (swapping HDD). Mac mini Late 2012 model I got around 290+ MB/s write, and 490+ MB/s read speeds. A bit slower on the older Acer Revo (about 130 MB/s read and write speeds).

Cons: time will tell if this thing lasts

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Patriot EP Series 32GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PEF32GSHC10233
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great price w/ mail in rebate, fast transfer speeds, large capacity, compatible thus far with my Nikon D600 for both photos and videos.

Cons: none

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Vantec NexStar 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Not too loud, very easy to operate, quick to swap HDD, comes w/ all the cables, HDD stays cool

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I did a lot of research to look for options for an off-site backup of all my photos/videos, and decided to give this Vantec docking station a try. It has the faster firewire 800 connection, since Macs only have USB 2.0 (not 3.0) and there aren't many docking stations that support thunderbolt. I paired it with a WD Green Caviar 2TB drive (also bought from Newegg via WD Elements external drive), was able to transfer 100 gigs of data in just over 30 mins. I've previously owned Vantec enclosures with no reliability concerns thus far, so I expect this one to last as well.

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RAY M.'s Profile

Display Name: RAY M.

Date Joined: 11/30/09

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 08/27/11
  • Last Review: 10/14/15
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