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Koutech IO-ASS112 mSATA SSD to 1.8
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs TRIM compatibility 05/10/2013

This review is from: Koutech IO-ASS112 mSATA SSD to 1.8" SATA Drive Converter

Pros: able to buy it on Newegg, which makes me feel much more comfortable than buying it from other online stores

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I want to replace the regular 1.8" disk on my ThinkPad X301 with an SSD. Evidently the choice of using this adapter with a 240/256 GB mSATA (such as Crucial M4 or Intel's 525) costs so much less than a 1.8" retail SSD, that is if I can still find a good brand 1.8" SSD of that capacity today.

My only concern is whether using this mSATA+adapter arrangement will prevent the laptop from properly identifying the unit as an SSD. If the Win7 running on my X301 doesn't see it as an SSD, it will not issue TRIM command to clean up the deleted cells, then my laptop will be perfect for only a short period then start slowing down and/or hanging on input. I guess the answer lies on the wiring scheme between the adapter's SATA and PCIe interfaces. Unfortunately the product specs doesn't have clarification on this.

I hope some of my fellow egg buyers can provide valuable comments to address my concern. Thanks.

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Acer AspireRevo AR1600-U910H Desktop PC Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz) 1GB DDR2 160GB HDD Windows XP Home
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Show me the money or I won't show you the driver 01/15/2010

This review is from: Acer AspireRevo AR1600-U910H Desktop PC Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz) 1GB DDR2 160GB HDD Windows XP Home

Pros: who cares

Cons: Got the R1600 from Best Buy for 199+tax, Created a factory restore DVD set for the pre-installed XP Home.

Since it came with XP Home, I wanted to do a fresh installation with XP Pro. So I need a driver for its AHCI during the text part installation (Press F6 to ... you know the deal). I could switch it to native IDE mode, but why should I if it is capable of AHCI? Searched Acer support website, no result. Called Acer support line, the level 1 tech didn't even know what I was talking about. At the end, he agreed to give me their higher level support number, 1-800-237-6483. Called it, the guy there told me gladly, that he can find someone to get the driver for me, but that WON"T HAPPEN UNLESS I BUY A SUPPORT UPGRADE. The cheapest would be $60 for 30 minutes. That's quite an expensive blackmail for a driver file. I am sorry that the guy couldn't see my finger over the phone.

Other Thoughts: If someone told me yesterday that there exists a PC maker, who would refuse to provide some basic driver download links for its products to the customers unless they bribe,in the form of buying support upgrade, I would consider it a joke. And that's Acer.

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Netgear ReadyNas NV+  4TB 4-bay (4 x 1000GB) 4-bay Network Storage (NAS) w/ Gigabit & speeds up to 25MBps
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs NOt designed for Windows Domain environment 07/24/2009

This review is from: Netgear ReadyNas NV+ 4TB 4-bay (4 x 1000GB) 4-bay Network Storage (NAS) w/ Gigabit & speeds up to 25MBps

Pros: stable OS, got it on sale, $850, X-RAID is supposed to be flexible.

Cons: 1st, once set to domain mode, it will not allow any local users or groups (except the built-in admin account).
So if I want to gives an outside customer HTTP/FTP access to a Shared folder on the ReadyNAS, I have to first create an account for him/her on our LAN domain.

2nd, it gives wrong access rights to user with multiple domain group membership.
If you are both Domain user and Domain admin, you will be treated as a Domain user only, w.r.t. folder/volume access rights. This is so wrong!

3nd, Cannot assign shared folder access right to groups. Instead, I have to type the user names one by one, to give them the access. This happens at least under the Domain mode, and it is confirmed as a bug by the Netgear tech support.

Other Thoughts: Such a minefield for windows domain configurations!

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ZHAO L.'s Profile

Display Name: ZHAO L.

Date Joined: 04/06/07

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  • First Review: 05/10/07
  • Last Review: 05/10/13
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