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This review is from: OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash Drive Model OCZESATATHR32G
Pros: It looks cool.
Cons: I just received a 32 Gig Throttle today. My HP Elite 8730w workstation (XP Pro x64) is not "Plug & Play" with the eSata connection (none powered eSATA port). (Drive was formatted for NTFS)
If the eSATA & USB is plugged in prior to boot up, the drive will be recognized in windows.
If I plug the eSATA in first then USB when OS is fully booted, the "red & Blue" lights are lite but no drive is visible under any drive specific listing.
Under "Device Manager" if I right click IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers (Specificaly Chipset ICH9M-E 2 port Serial ATA Storage Controller 1 - 2928 or " " " " " " Controller 2 - 292D and select "Scan for Hardware Changes" the drive is recognized.
I tried selecting an AHCI setting from my BIOS but it would not let my IDE internal HDD boot up once selected. I find it odd that there is no patch, driver, or other utility that can be installed to make this device truly "Plug & Play" as advertised for eSATA. I am half tempted to send this thing back RMA.
Other Thoughts: You should look @ their forums, threads and threads about this issue with no real answer just patch jobs and work a rounds that do not fully address the problem. I should not have to "scan for hardware changes" every time I plug the device into my eSATA. USB works fine, but again I did not buy this memory stick because it is USB now did I? lol
OCZ since you keep tabs on this thread from your earlier posts, what is the deal? And please do not point me to the support thread or community forums, they are just as perplexed based on the posts I have seen thus far.
Pros: I enjoy the speed at which this HDD writes/reads.
Cons: There is an unresolved issue with the firmware/drivers between Nvidia GPUs and WD RaptorADFD 15K and Vista 32bit. Please refer to this post. I have experienced this issue the last 4 months and finally stumbled across this tomshardware research. Do a search under google for:
"WD's Raptor And Nvidia G80 Don't Play Nice With Vista"
End Result. I don't think I will be buying Raptor drives anymore going forward. I enjoy the speed but not the headache that has accompanied this HDD. So Vista 32/Nvida 8800 Series/WD1500ADFD users be aware. Grant it, Tom's study was inconclusive at least at pointing the finger to Nvidia, WD or Vista but, a cheap HDD replacement compared to a GPU, I think the HDD gets the boot.
Other Thoughts: What a pain in the bum!READ FULL REVIEW