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WD BLACK SERIES WD4003FZEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Speed, high capacity.

Cons: This one was DOA, but in an odd way. My first clue was that it was noticeably loud when in operation...not bad for 10 years ago, but stood out today. It would initially show up in BIOS and disk manager in Win 7, but within a few minutes (either right after partitioning or during it), the drive would stop responding and then shut down. Very odd behavior.

Other Thoughts: I've become a big fan of these drives over the years; even though they're expensive they perform and are durable. This is my first clunker, hopefully just an anomaly. RMA now in process.

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SAMSUNG 850 PRO MZ-7KE256BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Fast, but be sure to update your BIOS first 09/09/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 PRO MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: It is indeed a very speedy drive. The included management and migration software packages are very handy. Once a couple of other issues were addressed (see below) it was very easy to transfer from my previous drive.

Cons: Although all of the included documentation indicates that a SATA to USB transfer cable is included, this is not the case. It's no big deal to install it internally alongside my existing drive for transfer, but the (very sparse) documentation makes this confusing for the inexperienced who assume they're missing a part.

Other Thoughts: I assumed that because the BIOS in my system was less than a year old (Asus Z87 Pro) that there would be no compatibility issues with this drive, but that turned out not to be the case. Although the transfer went through w/o issues, booting from the new drive was causing very strange behavior. A BIOS update corrected this. For the smoothest transition, I highly recommend updating your BIOS before installing and migrating to this drive.

Anecdotally, although I can notice some difference in speed, it's only because I was carefully watching for it. In terms of real-world performance, this was not a significant performance upgrade over my previous Intel SSD. Despite this I consider it a worthy upgrade simply for the reliability of a 10-year warranty.

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ESET NOD32 Antivirus 2014 - 3 PCs
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Not the full software package 09/09/2014

This review is from: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 2014 - 3 PCs

Pros: The program appears to be very lightweight and unobtrusive.

Cons: The CD you're purchasing is nothing more than an auto-run that pulls up websites to then go out and download the actual product. While I appreciate wanting to deliver the most up-to-date product possible, there are several cases where I want to be able to install and use at least a base product in places where an internet connection is either unavailable or undesired (suspected infection with "call home" capabilities). I paid for working software, not a pile of links.

Other Thoughts: Haven't had a chance to try any Steam games yet while using this, but after reading some of the other comments I'm now very leery of this potential issue. With Steam's huge installed userbase, it seems inexcusable to not have corrected this issue long ago.

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Display Name: Lloyd B.

Date Joined: 09/09/04

  • Reviews: 39
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  • First Review: 07/18/08
  • Last Review: 01/20/15
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