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Pros: This drive seems to be very fast for a harddrive. Obviously its not going to be as fast as SSDs but it is definitely faster than any harddrive I have ever used. When I open up a folder I have full of high resolution desktop backgrounds (1080p+) ...the thumbnails for the files all load INSTANTLY whereas on my 1TB Seagate drive i had before this Velociraptor, it would pause and load them line by line. Not exactly a good way of measuring the speed of a harddrive but i liked what I saw! haha
As always, Western Digital's VelociRaptor drives look very aggressive with the Icepack heatsink system. The heatsink system seems to keep the harddrives running cool (I have a 140mm fan blowing over three Velociraptors and a SSD) ...My Seagate drive ran at least 6 degrees Celcius hotter in the same spot.
I've been using Seagate drives since 2001 and never had one crash until about a week ago in my main Desktop ...Windows reported that my 1TB drive was failing and sure enough it did. Got this Velociraptor to replace it and was able to save everything ...hundreds of gigs transfered pretty quick too. After having trouble with that Seagate drive (sent it off to be repaired a year after I bought it in 2010...) I think I have officially jumped ship to Western Digital. I bought used WD Black harddrives and two 300gb VelociRaptor drives from my cousin and was really impressed with them.
Also. I am really glad WD has a 5 year warranty on this drive.
Cons: Its expensive. Really expensive for a HDD.
I don't think I'll spend this much money on a harddrive again ...then again I will probably change my mind if there is a sale going on at Newegg AND if I need/want a new harddrive.
I can't think of anything bad to say except the price. haha
Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace a failing 1TB Seagate Barracuda (that was repaired about 2 years ago).
I use this VelociRaptor primarily for storing documents and for programs I don't use every day. I have a 60gb Crucial C300 to boot Windows 8.1, this 1TB Velociraptor for storing documents and programs i dont use everyday ...then I have two 300gb Velociraptors in RAID0 for steam games.
I must say I don't think the velociraptors are that loud ...they have a different sound to them compared to other drives I've used in the past but thats it. I even have three VelociRaptor drives in my computer and don't notice them most of the time.
This review is from: XTRAC PADS Carbonic Professional Gaming Mouse Pad
Pros: I decided to get this mousepad to replace a Dolica pad I bought for a few dollars years ago ...the fabric in the center was starting to fray SO i bought this product.
This mousepad looks really clean and is smooth to the touch. Its not "slippery" but definitely polished -however so I feel like I have a lot control with my Logitech G500 on low sensitivity settings. My old mousepad wasn't the best tracking surface and the Carbonic pad is a LOT better (and my old one was just a plain black Dolica mousepad).
The carbon fiber look is really sleek and looks upscale i guess. It feels really high quality.
Cons: I've read other reviews of this pad from other sites who listed the laser cut edges as a con ...saying it felt "sharp". I can see what they mean but its not a big deal and it I never think about it unless I run my fingers along the edges. Supposedly the laser cut outline reduces fraying of the materials... we'll see in a few years haha.
Other Thoughts: I would probably buy it again ...or at least other XTRAC PADs products.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Vantec IDE to SATA Converter - Model CB-IS100
Pros: If it worked it would be a perfect product since it really doesn't take up too much room at all on the back of optical drives. Its compact, sleek and feels easier to plug in than the IDE cables themselves..
Cons: UEFI did not detect my DVD drive using this IDE to SATA adapter. I tried multiple SATA ports and a identical drive I have mounted in the same computer ....didn't work.
Other Thoughts: I've bought Vantec products before and figured I wouldnt have a problem with such a small part. I was wrong ...it is the only thing in my latest PC build that is DOA .......which unfortunately prevents me from installing windows since I don't have a Windows 7 or 8.1 .iso to put on a USB drive to boot from.
Guess I'm gonna have to either buy another adapter or buy a SATA DVD drive....