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Syba SY-ENC35026 USB 3.0 Hard Disk Docking Station Supports 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: As I type this I'm the 3rd reviewer. One insinuated the unit seemed a bit on the flimsy side because it's made out of plastic. I don't get that feeling at all. It not some piece of thin easily bent plastic. It feels sturdy but probably wouldn't withstand a hard hammer impact. If you treat it with the proper care as you would any other piece of electronic equipment, then this unit should last for many years.

Another reviewer said it took a little breaking in. Yes, I experienced the same as well. But for me, I like that. A good fit and the drive is secured and doesn't move around. Mine still isn't "broken in" and I hope it never does.

Cons: None!!

Other Thoughts: I've become a fan of SYBA. I bought one of their SATA controller cards as my computer has 8 drives and my Intel mobo only has 5 SATA ports. I've had some stability issues with some other controller cards, but not SYBA. Theirs has been 100% rock solid stable.

So far, I've only used their unit on SSD's and 2.5" HDD drives and I wouldn't hesitate 1 split second purchasing another. I like this one because it's wide open. I personally like this style better than the totally enclosed units so the drive doesn't get overly hot during long data transfer sessions. I even keep a 4" table fan handy to blow air on it when needed.

OK...bottom line. If you are considering buying this drive docking station, do it. Unless you get one that's been damaged during shipment, you will love the SYBA hard disk docking station.

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Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought the Crucial 256GB for my wife's Toshiba laptop. I did a fresh install of Win 8.1 Pro and her computer boots in approximately 20 seconds. I have a Samsung 250GB running Win 7 Pro on my desktop and it boots in about 45 seconds. I've had computers since Win 95 and the Crucial 20 second boot time is by far the fastest boot time my eyes have ever witnessed.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Haven't had any problems so far. The area where the SSD is located seems to be cooler to the touch than the Toshiba 500GB HDD it replaced. Her laptop is rarely moved, sits on a cooling pad and stays on virtually 24/7. It's strictly used for entertainment - online gaming, YouTube and watching movies - and it's hooked via a HDMI to our 46" TV in our bedroom with a wireless mouse/keyboard. Being on as much as it is, is the main reason I wanted to replace it with a a SSD.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Placed order with Newegg July 14, 2014 and it was on my doorstep July 17th. Had it up and running around 4 hrs later. No special software was needed for my Intel DH87MC mobo to recognize the new SSD. I pressed the power button on my old Li Lian full tower ATX case, put the Win 7 Pro x64 in and Windows installed as fast or faster then any installation I've ever done. And, I've done a LOT!

Cons: No cons!! I did purschase a Roswill SSD drive mounting kit the same time as I bought the Samsung SSD. The internals on my system are just over 6 months old, but my Lian Li ATX case is around 9 years old. I had to connect the metal HDD brackets to the mounting kit for it to make a perfect fit. It was no biggie at all. Took maybe an additional 3 to 5 minutes max. Most of you reading this probably won't have to do any of this this. Back when I bought the case no one even knew what a SSD was.

Other Thoughts: Boot time; I'll be honest. I'm not getting the 15 to 20 seconds times like many others claim. But, I do have 8 other HDD's starting up which probably accounts for a few seconds. Plus, Intel loves showing off their logo for close to 4 seconds before the Windows 7 Start Screen appears.

Before the SSD; I was getting 80 to 90 seconds from a cold start. I press the power button and by the time the spinning circle on the desktop disappears, 80 to 90 seconds.

With SSD? Using a stop watch, 44 seconds. So, in my case, boot time is around 50% faster. Am I happy with it? Absolutely. The Samsung SSD is, without a doubt, the fastest drive I've ever owned.

A few years back I had a WD Raptor HDD. It was fast but not as fast as the Samsung SSD loading Windows. And, the Raptor went bad approximately 1.5 years later.

Loading programs; Faster? Most of them, yes! A couple are only marginally faster.

Installing programs; Faster? Yes, noticeably faster!

Why did I buy a SSD? 2 reasons. Speed and longevity. Speed was important but of the 2 reasons I'd have to give the edge to longevity. When you've had 8 to 9 HDD's filling the bays in your case for 9 years your bound to see several bite the dust.

What stood out the most for me personally? Look at the spec page. See the MTBF? Do you see what I see? 1.5 million hours. That's the acronym for Mean Time Between Failures. Do the math. Do you know how long 1.5 million hours is? The combined life span of 2 humans would be hard pressed to live that long.

Now, let's be realistic. I don't believe any SSD has the capability of surviving an average of 171 years. I do believe the Company that would get the closest to achieving that mark - at this moment in time - would be Samsung. I'll be ecstatic with a lifespan approaching 10.

I eagerly await the day when TB SSD's are in the $100 range. Ohhh, that will be so nice.

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