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Pros: I don't own this drive but to the user who says it's a DOG in Raid. . . well, it wasn't designed for Raid; It doesn't have a fast enough spin speed to sync with other drives that are faster; it's designed to be a stand alone large volume Audio / Video drive; that's why AV is in it's Model Number; As another user wrote, for Raid, get Raid Specific Drives. . like the RE4. .that's RAID EDITION. . . Model numbers tell you what a drive is designed for; i have 2 RE4's 1.5TB each so this 3.0 TB will be a PERFECT OFFLINE Rescue or Backup; Any corruption that occurs where I can not get a Drive letter I can use Rescue Software to bypass the reading of the Table of contents, or FAT (File Allocation Table); this can be done in Windows with a full scan of the drive that will take 10 - 30 minutes depending on how much data is there; High Read or Write speeds aren't necessary for a backup drive, or for a large drive designed to be put in a DVR. . .even slow speeds that keep the drive cool are sufficient to play HD movies, and record 2 or 3 Shows on a DVR at the same time, above that you will need a faster drive. .which probably won't be this large because more platters means more weight and more weight is wear & tear on motors to constantly start up and spin down a drive; I have been in the tech industry for almost 20 years and have experimented with different brands and types of drives like SCSI; Now that I have a ton of hardware I'm gonna test if 2 15,000 RPM SCSI in Raid are faster then a single SSD drive, maybe in the same system it's kinda full right now. They will certainly be noisier so it will be an empty win, if they win; They SSD drive I worked with boots Win7 in about 18 seconds; I was just reading reviews and wanted to add my experience with drives in general and that WD drives are the best in the Industry. . especially if they come with a 5Yr Warranty.
Cons: None / Performance review Only; however, not DESIGNED for RAID applications so don't use it for that;READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Currently searching for an additional laptop drive and was curious WHAT laptop drive is 10,000 RPM. . . oh, a Raptor, yeah I knew that, yet, half a dozen others don't. These Raptors have been on the market for YEARS; They came out in 36GB, 73GB, 150GB, 300GB, and I believe there is now a 600GB; They get their incredible performance from the FACT that they are a 2.5" drive size, not a bigger 3.5" drive with a bigger, HEAVIER platter, which reduces spin up time, not to mention it's at 10K RPM vs 7200. These drives to my knowledge have always had ONLY ONE platter on them, making them spin up fast, have low drag on the motor so they last a LONG TIME; that's why they are classified as commercial style drives; I bought the 150GB drive back in summer of '08 which has been my OS drive for some time now; I was amazed that a 10K drive is NEAR SILENT; I believe they have sound dampening inside the cover; Their performance is outstanding! Don't complain about price, you get what you pay for.
Cons: Warning...don't buy this for a laptop. There, I said it. IF you can get that huge heatsink off, it still won't fit in a laptop. There are plenty of 7200 rpm solutions available; as drive DENSITY's have gone up with technology, the drive sizes have followed; years back in my technical readings a single platter could hold only 333GB (which is 320GB drive with 1 platter full use, so a 640GB drive had 2 platters at 100% useage, and a 500Gb drive didn't use all the space available, but manufacture's wanted to be able to sell "more then 250GB, but at a reduced price in between the top and bottom, to sell more drives) It's simple marketing. You see how drives are (in Gig's) 20, 40, 80, 120, 160, 320, 500, 750, 1000, 1500, 2000, and NOW, 3000 GIG; They have simply applied various DENSITIES per square inch on the platters.
Other Thoughts: Of the almost $15,000+ I've spent with NewEgg since 2002, approx $4000 was on my own system back in summer 2008; I do tech support and build systems for many people, and just last Xmas I bought this G73 ASUS which has an awesome review over there for anyone wanting a Gaming grade laptop with extreme performance and money isn't the primary concern. I thought I would spend a few minutes writing / warning people don't buy a Raptor for a Laptop....they are made for commercial "blades", high input output ("I/O") performance servers and of course our desktops. One of these days I will buy another one to put my OS in RAID AND have a high speed "Scratch" partition at the end that will meet the speed RECEIVING 4GB files from a Raid Movie array of 4 drives; Raid read speeds are outrageous and you can have numerous simultaneous reads with multiple drives; These are the kind of drives that can handle that; I'll come back from time to time. . hope I get a bunch of "YES's" for my review!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 8 GIG of memory you don't have to try to match the type, or take the laptop apart to install in the future / 1.5GIG of video (I was hardcore ATI and decided to let the numbers speak for themselves and try it) / The KB backlight is cool if you like to type in the dark / 2.0 Webcam I might use one day / 4USB ports and one is USB3.0 / Big screen and the I7 CPU hovers around 1.7 for doing mundane tasks like typing and puffs up to around 3.0 when installing software and playing games / otherwise stays cool, which is AWESOME / I went with this over any other brand based on getting a big screen, a TON of memory, an I7 CPU, and the DUAL Exhaust out the back instead of a laptop that heats up and DIES in it's own exhaust out the bottom / the SOUND is outrageous. . it chews up my HD video and wants more, without skipping or pausing, and that's via USB external on HIGH SPEED Cat4 flash action cam / Has Win7 built in so you can hose the system and redo it while watching TV (Remember F9 on boot!)
Cons: I wanted Memory, and lots of it. THIS is the power of a home system & portable. NEWEGG was so EGGcellent they sent me an ADVANCE RMA, another G73 and gave me a month to send the other back. I BELIEVE I caused blue screen by rebooting during the NVIDEA update download. The new one I let do it for an hour or so it was 149MB and NO PROBLEMS Since; In that time i immediately did the 4 DVD backup, and tried to restore to the other one / DOES NOT WORK / DO NOT DELAY in creating your RESTORE discs like I did and regret it. The IMAGE on the HD is your ONLY recourse to "install" windows; use 2 8.5GB "expensive" discs and 1 4.7GB DVD / I have 3 "Sets" now; TRULY if money isn't an issue, get another HD with your Laptop / Buy 64-bit High end TRUE IMAGE software (starts with "A") / Copy the HD to the new one, and leave the New one on shelf till you need it / OR IMAGE to a cheaper 500GB Sata on your home system / and leave that unplugged till you need to image it / all DATA is your responsibility.
Other Thoughts: RESTORE from New G73 to other FAILED X 3 AND YOU CANNOT USE DISCS TO INSTALL. . . not any previous OS not even Win7 itself which I bought 1 year back from last XMAS; DO NOT USE 32 BIT SOFTWARE IN DOS TO PARTITION....IT IS AN INSTANT FRY OF THE 64Bit MFT / I Imaged the drive to an empty sata at home AND USED the copy to image BACK to the old HD and it WORKED perfect / ASUS would be a MONTH to get it fixed/ NEWEGG handled it ALL for me, ASUS made this so proprietary, that I BELIEVE the hard drive is BEHIND a controller of which the DRIVER is NOT provided to Microsoft, I've read of the horrors of lost laptops in some ASUS warehouse a month later, NEWEGG saved me from that; NEWEGG GETS 5 EGGS; I have an ASUS RAMPAGE MB at home and wouldn't go with any other brand, I love it, AND my HIGH END laptop; was VERY happy to see ANOTHER slot for another HD on bottom, which I will eventually try out an SSD for Boot and use the 500 for IMAGES & ContentREAD FULL REVIEW