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Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K2000 HDS722020ALA330 (0F10311) 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I bought 4 of these drives, all tested good ran a program to look at the smart stats on each drive. All showed just two power ups. Which is how many times I booted my computer on testing them. Crystal Diskmark showed around 130 MB/s Read and Write with a Sata 2 controller I believe these are Sata 2 drives anyway. Sata 2 will max out at around 270 MB/s. So most HDD will never get close to sata 3 speeds unless they are a hybrid with SSD built into it. I have a 1 TB Sata 3 Seagate Drive that will get to 179 read and write speeds. one of these as a single drive is plenty fast to max out any 1 Gb/s Nas set up. On a raid 5 with a 9650 SE controller using all 4 drives I get 389mB/s Read and 214 MB/s write. Software raid 0 I get 508 MB/s read and 441 MB/s write. I am going to buy another 5th Drive and use these in Raid 6 on the 9650 SE controller on Ubuntu Server.

Cons: Laying flat on my work table the drives got to 50 C. ambient temps around 74 to 76. I believe its possible the failures people may be having is they are not giving these drives enough air and they are getting to hot... If you don't have a nice case like a node 304 with good airflow I recommend you rig some fans blowing right on the drives. Should increase there life span.

Other Thoughts: These are not the fastest drives, but for 50 dollars for 2 TB who cares. I use a Samsung 840 SSD 240 GB for my operating system and will be using these drives to store movies and larger files on a separate server... The next big purchase will be another similar system to be used as my Back up server.

ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB Full Metal 6 x 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks Sharp attractive design, nice activity lights visible on front of each rack, Built in fan with two speeds or off position.

Cons: My Docking station was made improperly. The left side docks slid in and out easily but the right side especially the bottom right two I had to fight to get them in an out. The divider was slanted to the right at bottom causing the right cages to be way to tight. I ended up taking the three right side removable modules and grinding the sides down so they would slide in and out easier. This helped some but I ended up just re-drilling the bottom middle two holes so the divider would be straight up and down and separate both sides properly. After I did all this the modules slid in and out perfect. I did not feel like waiting on an RMA so this is why I fixed it myself plus I worried a replacement may have the same problem. I knock off 3 eggs for having to perform this procedure.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you use the included screws to mount your HDD or SSD's. You cannot use a screw that sticks up even the slightest for mounting the SSD to the Module or it wont line up properly with the back connectors. I have 6 Samsung 840 250 GB ssd's in mine attached to a LSI 9265i Raid card.... Works great!. I leave my fan off with the SSD's if You use HDD's I would leave fan on. The fan sucks air through the drives and into the Case

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The Drive was pretty fast averaging about 175 MBs Does not seem to get hot

Cons: Only con I can give is that I am concerned about how long this drive will last. I see many on here saying it fails after after two years or less. Makes me wish perhaps I had bought another brand.


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Display Name: Howard T.

Date Joined: 05/06/14

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 05/13/14
  • Last Review: 06/25/15
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