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My Book Duo 8TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0080JCH-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lot's of space for movies, music, pictures, game backups, etc. Dual 8TB drives is great. Seamless RAID, drives are easy to access and replace if ever needed.

Being able to centralize media in a single l drive location is perfect especially if you need to take it and run quickly. (fire or traveling, etc)

Gray coloring blends into my media setup unlike my previous 2TB World Book that was white.

Very fast transfer speeds over USB 3.0. I've seen peak transfers around 280MB/s but I don't typically monitor it. Source drive has a lot to do with the transfer speed. SSD to USB are very fast.

Works with Dish Network, LG BluRay player, Windows 8.1, Windows 7.

Large 1080p movie files stream with additional traffic without issue.

Runs cool
Indicator light is dull unobtrusive white.

Cons: none to note, just not the most stylish of devices, it's looks will not impress your family.

Other Thoughts: May have issues with 8TB with some routers. TP-Link AC 1750 router would not recognize this drive as a media device. If using this over network be sure to check your router's USB connection (3.0) and max hard dive specs.

Not sue why other comment has idling issues. Probably some software accessing the drive constantly. Don't see this issue while hooked up to a large network of computers and other media devices.

comes preformatted to NTFS.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB USB 3.0 High-Performance Portable Hard Drive STDA4000100 Black
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Was nice until the drive started getting around 80% full.

Cons: Using this as a movie server drive for personal movies and documentaries that I make and share but as soon as it started getting around 80% full many of the movies would randomly turn into folders and were no longer recognized by the PC or media player as a movie file. Thinking it was a glitch I've removed the corrupt files/folders but now more keep showing up. its as if the drive will not accept more files.

Removed drive from case because it shows up as a

Make sure you don't keep valuables on this drive.

Other Thoughts: I do have this device connected through a Cisco router and add/remove file from it over the network. I've really only added files until they started getting corrupted.

Connecting drive directly to the PC and running an error check does not resolve the issue.

Seagate has no troubleshooting help / forum regarding this on their site. Multiple attempts to try and get help has failed.

Thankfully I always backup to the cloud but people on a budget would lose their data.

Looking back, I've had more problems with Seagate than any other brand, might be a coincidence.

I'll update if I can find a fix or Seagate ever calls back.

Netgear C3000 N300 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Fast Easy DOCSIS 3.0 Solution 07/01/2014

This review is from: Netgear C3000 N300 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1

Pros: Able to max out my download and upload speeds with Cox Communications Premier Package.

In fact my the top download speeds are around 64Mbp down and 12Mbp up which is faster than my rated speed in this area.

The GUI is very easy to setup without a disc or installation software.

Router and modem starts with encryption and firewall enabled for those not so technically savvy folks.

Advanced mode allows you to tweak the modem and router further.

Firewall able to block IP and port scanning from the internet to make it harder for hackers to detect your computer. DOS attack prevention works well.

Gaming is excellent (PC, Xbox, and WiiU)

Netflix and 1080P streaming off USB works well (after fixing router issues)

WIFI very strong in this device.

Voip - Ooma Phone server works fine

Stays cool.

An actual ON/OFF switch for when you really don't want it to be on or reset the modem.

LED's are not annoyingly bright.

Cons: Device is very light and the coaxial cable can basically man-handle it.

Not a big con but router controls are a bit basic.

Don't see a way to refresh firmware (lot of times the cable provider does this so again, not a big con, but would be nice to firmware the router part of the device)

Other Thoughts: 2 outputs and WiFI
Router options are fairly basic even in the advanced settings, but definitely still useful.

Had some issues with using the DHCP and other routers in the house. Wasn't as friendly as the Motorola SBG6580 (with built in router). The LAN settings and initial setup was ultimately my issue. Had stability issues when trying to stream videos (e.g. Youtube HD) without buffering. Took a lot of tweaking and messing with settings to get it to settle down. The average user would have given up. Once I fixed up the other routers to play nice, it was smooth and fast.

I ended up going back to my Motorola because I noticed better connection status which may have caused the issues with video streaming.

Unless your an extreme elite type gamer or power user this device is more than enough for most.


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Display Name: christopher c.

Date Joined: 02/20/04

  • Reviews: 52
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  • First Review: 12/19/09
  • Last Review: 08/15/14
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