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Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cool. Quiet. Moderately quick, but there are better drives for that intent.

Makes a mean daiquiri. Okay, I lied about that. It makes a lousy daiquiri.

Cons: Only 1.86GB when carved out. The 3TB version just came out. grrr... ;~)

I yammer on below.

Other Thoughts: All drives have the potential of dying. I think Seagate's tend to die less than others, but WD builds some good ones too. it's more about which model is best, not brand so much.

My application is a 13-disk RAID6 set set via 3ware 9650 replacing an 8-disk 1TB Seagate RAID5. 1 disk loss in 3+ years is not bad.

Of the 13 drives I acquired, one was collecting sector relocations like stamps, and another was flaky in array testing, so they both go back. The flaky one likely would have been fine in a normal config, but 2 of 13 is an acceptable number for me. 1 is about right, but 2 is not awful...unless those are the two that *you* order. We all know it happens and for this reason, you have to test like crazy in the first 30 days to force the failures. Watch SMART data closely. If it doesn't fail or have tons of sector problems in the first 30 days while you hammer it, it will be good for years. This is true of all drives. I am using WD RE4 drives for my OS, so it's all good.

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AMS DS-3151SSBK Aluminum 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Very nice, but not great 03/03/2011

This review is from: AMS DS-3151SSBK Aluminum 3.5" Black SATA SATA Backplane Module

Pros: Nice drive layout. 5 in 3 is what I want and I like the 80mm fans (I hope they are replaceable, but after three years I haven't had to yet). I like being able to pull a drive from the front easily. Mix of SATA and Molex power adds flexibility. You do not have to have all of them plugged in 1 to 1. Each power plug adds to the bus, so to speak. You can unscrew and repair the cheap plastic bits within the lever.

Cons: The power and SATA ports are very close to the protruding fan box, so it makes pass-through cables a much tighter connection to make. This mostly has to do with SATA power cables that you'll have to fold the wires back to make the connection, but if you have right angle SATA data cables, they will have a problem too.
Mix of SATA and Molex power is confusing (minor nit).
LED layout is somewhat skewed. A light right over the drive is what I want. They use cheap plastic bits in the lever system. One was broken right out of the box. Superglue to the rescue. Sometimes a light won't illuminate correctly. I have one stuck in green, with a drive present and activity occurring. Hardly worth sending back for an RMA, but quite annoying nonetheless. They don't give enough cage screws in the pack.

Other Thoughts: I just bought three more of these for a new fileserver. I have two in an older fileserver and one more in my main system for six total. I like having uniformity with the sleds and parts. They function reasonably well, but for the price, I should not have any problems. Make sure you use the screws that came with it. Especially the cage screws which are far shorter than standard screws. Standard screws will catch on the drives and sleds within. Also, don't forget to power each slot with the tiny button under the slot location. I found this an odd thing, but oh well.

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WD My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 2.0 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Small. High capacity.

Cons: Pre-partitioned for your inconvenience into two partitions. A large one for you and another smaller one for the device. You cannot have or manage the latter much. In addition, the smaller partition will auto-load virtual CD software that should annoy most cognizant computer people. Installing devices on every system you attach to (U3 anyone? This means you Sandisk.) Lastly and certainly least, the polished surface will be completely smudged in fingerprints in about 8 seconds of handling.

Other Thoughts: I probably have nearly a dozen portable drives and I usually buy a drive and an enclosure separately. I was lured by the neatness of it all here, but this has been the worst experience by far. I should have paid better attention to the reviews. I wanted to like the large storage size, but it is impossible to overcome this terrible virtual CD software. Truth be told, after messing with it for and hour or so, I gave up the fight. I should not have to work that hard for this. A "fix" from WD is to hide the smaller partition, but that's not good enough for me. I am trying the 1TB Seagate now. No software and a fresh partition. So far, so good.

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Display Name: Robert K.

Date Joined: 01/22/04

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 02/24/06
  • Last Review: 04/01/11
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