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LaCie Porsche Design P'9220 500GB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Feels Sturdy, works great....until OSX had its way with it. 09/08/2011

This review is from: LaCie Porsche Design P'9220 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive 301998

Pros: Feels sturdy, great brushed metal finish.

Cons: Short USB 3.0 cable; Worked fine until OS X really messed it up (more on that below)

Other Thoughts: This could be an issue that was caused by OS X, and could mean the drive itself is not at fault.

It was running great for three weeks until one day I unplugged it from my laptop (it had the lid closed.) I then opened the lid and it gave me the "The drive was not properly ejected before removal" message, and when I went to plug the drive back in, it wouldn't work. So now, it won't recognize on my laptop OR my girlfriends laptop. Now I have to install bootcamp to get windows running to see if I can get it reading on that ( I formatted it NTFS so it could work in both Windows and MAC OSX with the Paragon NTFS software.)

Hopefully the drive is still good and it will read in Windows.

(PS, why does Apple insist their software use this ridiculous eject drive system? Windows has been doing fine without it for years.)

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LaCie Porsche Design P'9220 500GB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Feels Sturdy, works great....until OSX had its way with it. 09/08/2011

This review is from: LaCie Porsche Design P'9220 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive 301998

Pros: Great design, feels sturdy, awesome brushed metal finish.
Hard drive worked (I do note, WORKED, more on that below) great after I formatted it NTFS to use on both OS X and WIN7 (using Paragon NTFS) while switching between OS's on my macbook pro.

Cons: Really short usb 3.0 cord, and it's pretty stiff, but I haven't yet really needed a longer one. So it works for now just fine.
Considering it needs a lot of power, won't work with plugging it into a USB hub that is itself not externally powered (that's my assumption.)

Other Thoughts: I had this thing working for three weeks just fine, then one day it got unplugged from my macbook when the lid was closed. I opened it up and it gave me that "The disk wasn't properly ejected before removal" dialogue. I figured I'd just plug it back in, but I got nothing. Now, neither mine nor my girlfriend's laptops recognize it when we plug it in using OS X. So this could be not the drive's failt---it could be Apple's insistence that external hard drives in the 21st century must be manually ejected. (Somehow, Windows has been allowing hot-swappable drives on their OS for over a decade and have never had a problem with it) So I'll have to reformat my laptop and reinstall with boot camp to get Windows running to check the drive's integrity.

I'll check back in with a final review if I find this hard drive is busted, which means thank goodness I paid for the warranty.

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Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Delivers on the cool, cool goods 04/04/2011

This review is from: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System

Pros: Brought my computer's highest reported CPU temp from almost 100 C to 65 C. (I render 3d models with my workstation, hence the high temp before installing this baby.)

Cons: None. Works exactly as advertised and delivers on its promise of not going hotter than 65 C.

Other Thoughts: This bad boy makes my worries go away. Wondering how much I was going to have to shell out for a liquid cooling solution for my paltry standard cpu fan, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this on the shelf at my local Fry's. Figured it couldn't hurt to try it out. The box claimed it could take a cpu running at 100 C down to 65. I work with 3d models and architectural renderings for school and that sort of thing runs my cpu's 4 cores (I use a Intel Core i7) at max the entire time I'm waiting. USing the coretemp program, I was beginning to get concerned with the cpu running that hot for half hour intervals sometimes. This cooler knocks that waaaaay down to levels that I don't have to worry about anymore.

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Evan S.'s Profile

Display Name: Evan S.

Date Joined: 05/14/05

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  • First Review: 04/04/11
  • Last Review: 09/08/11
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