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This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black
Pros: 3 year warranty for $129.99 on 4T HDD is excellent.
Seagate honors their warranty without dispute.
Cons: No real complaint about the product; just an observation that marketing people are very silly people. The USB3 in the case always goes on the excellent sale, but never the naked drive for such a cheap price. Just sell the naked drive for the cheap price and keep the adapter case. More money for everyone involved.
I have 8 adapter cases on my shelf; wasted value. But I have to keep them in case I need to put the drive back in for warranty!
Other Thoughts: These have a Seagate ST4000DM000 inside. NAS4free recognizes it as ST4000DM000-1F2168 .
Wait for them to go on sale for $130 or so, then buy them. about every 5 or 6 months you can find this price; of course as time goes on they get cheaper anyhow
These are consumer desktop grade HDDs. I've had 4 for 6 months and the other 4 just installed. None have failed. One showed SMART unrepairable; sent it back to Seagate and they gave me a new one, no problem at all.
Of course all HDDs WILL eventually fail over time; use SMART and when they start to go replace them before they die. Use RAIDZ2 or RAID6 depending on your OS and treat the warranty and a component of the fault-handling system. Your data you will be fine.
Seagate stands behind their product.
This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100
Pros: Cheap, works.
Warranty is just as much part of performance as anything else.
In my experience, Seagate treats their warranty as a opportunity to support the customer--a long term sales tool.
Cons: Bought 4; one arrived flaky per SMART. But never lost any data.
Other Thoughts: Assume all HDDs will eventually fail and take measures to deal with that. SMART, weekly emails, backups, parity, and warranty support are all part of the design.
I bought cheap drives on the assumption that they would either fail in the first few weeks or last for a couple years. If they fail in the first year, warranty replace and rebuild the array.
So, the test came early and Seagate held up their end.
The drive never actually failed; just that SMART complained about some issues--which is exactly when you replace things--before they fail!!
Seagate held up their end, so I will continue to buy Seagate.
This review is from: ENCORE ENLGA-1320 Ethernet Card 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45
Pros: Cheap card in a low-end machine.
Gets me from 10MBytes/s to around 25MBytes/s.
FreeBSD recognizes it
Cons: Beats the snot out of the CPU. Pentium "D". Pegs the CPU at about 30MBytes/s. But for $9.00, what do you want.
Other Thoughts: I give it 5 eggs because I knew for $9.00 it will beat the machine's CPU. So, I got what I paid for.
Works fine in FreeBSD 9.2; uses the realtek 8169...8110 driver