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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100
Pros: Fast, reliable, no-nonsense.
Cons: Micro-B USB 3.0 connector - would prefer to see normal B or even Mini-B. I find real life experience trumps the studies that supposedly show the Micro-B connectors being more reliable; I find them to be more flimsy.
Other Thoughts: I bought this drive in a 2012 Black Friday sale for purposes of occasional backups (nothing formal, just drag and drop copy of stuff).
My ThinkPad has a Renesas USB 3.0 controller and this drive FLIES in both reading and writing. I love it. At the time, it was the best value on a 2TB drive anywhere, and it has remained that way until now, a year later.
Note that unlike what another reviewer said, the connector is NOT proprietary. It is a completely standard micro-B USB 3.0 connector, and is backwards compatible with a micro-B USB 2.0 cable such as your mobile phone might use.
I find the no-nonsense design of this drive refreshing. No buttons, no designs, no patterns - just utility. It matches a black ThinkPad rather well in design, and while that's hardly a consideration in how good it ma be as a drive, it's something I appreciate.
This review is from: Crucial M4 64GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT064M4SSD3
Pros: Installation and updating the firmware was simple
The performance boost vs a 7200RPM drive was significant
It's helping me get the most out of my Sandy Bridge ThinkPad
Cons: Limited space to use it for anything other than a system drive only - I have a select few applications installed on it; they're mostly on my 500GB 7200RPM secondary drive.
Other Thoughts: Installation was simple in my ThinkPad W520.
I performed a firmware update, as one was available, immediately after installation without using the SSD at all first.
I have owned the drive just slightly longer than a month and use this computer daily. I have noticed no developing issues so far and experienced no problems with it at all. Here's hoping it lasts as long as the tough-as-nails computer it's installed in!
This was my first purchase from Newegg and I was entirely satisfied with my customer experience.