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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Cheap. In price and performance. 05/27/2012

This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

Pros: 3TB, cheap price (compared to others currently)

Cons: Very unreliable. I am not having the connection issues described by others, but this drive corrupts files being written to it like crazy, and I can't figure out why. It only does it going from internal drive -> external, not the other way around. Restarting the computer results in a hang on the BIOS screen. I got lucky in this regard, some people can't start up their systems at all with one attached. I can at least cold boot. Windows backup does not work with this drive. A visit to Seagate's support site reveals that they are well aware of the latter two issues, and have no plans to fix them. The official response pretty much amounted to "tough s**t, deal with it." The official "fix" for the startup hang is to disable legacy USB support in BIOS. No idea what's causing the file corruption, windows did not detect any bad sectors or errors. Seagate's own diagnostics won't run on it.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately, I didn't realize it was corrupting data when I was first transferring files over to it, and as a result I lost a LOT of data. I'd guess between 20-40% of the files I put on there were shot with no originals remaining to restore from. I also took too long trying to fix it myself and the return period ran out for the store I bought it from, so at best I'm stuck with an RMA to Seagate and maybe fixing the corruption problem. Hopefully that's not also just a design flaw of the drive like the other two. Last resort is to pull the drive out and use it internally, hoping that the problems are all in the USB controller and SATA will work.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This set is awesome. Extremely fast and stable. The CL7 gives a non-trivial performance boost in benchmarks over 8 GB of standard CL9 1600

Cons: I wish it wasn't so much more $$ than standard CL9. Not that this is too expensive, it's just that standard CL9 1600 is so frikin cheap.

Other Thoughts: I fell victim to spying great deals and feeling compelled to act, long before I ended up buying the rest of the parts for my new build (bulldozer's long delays did not help that). Turns out the standard price now is cheaper than what I originally bought it for on shell-shocker. When I DID order the rest of my parts, I saw what I considered to be a deal too good to pass up on 8 GB of gskill CL9. As noted above, this set is just too good to have made that worth it. I thought I could benefit from the extra memory and perhaps overclock it to match this pair (or at least meet in the middle at 8-8-8-24), but no success with that so far. And as it turns out, I don't really even need more than 4 gb. So I think the 8 GB set is going back in the box until I either install some monstrously RAM hungry software/game, or I find a different build for it.

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LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Super Multi WH12LS30 LightScribe Support
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap and it *usually* works. Noticeably quieter than my old DVD drive.

Cons: "Usually" working is unacceptable, even for a cheaper OEM. It will not read some of my CD-ROM install disks that work fine in other drives. Read speeds are quite slow. I'd guess roughly half that of my old IDE DVD drive. Also unacceptable for YEARS newer technology. Best of all, this model number does not exist according to LG's website, and therefore there is no possibility of driver/firmware updates to potentially fix these problems. Support email pending (in which I had to randomly assign a different model number to get it to submit).
Did not come with any software, as some reviews indicated. This is not the reason for the low rating, as I knew that was a risk when I bought it.

Other Thoughts: This is the first and last time I buy OEM optical drives. I bought this instead of a $20 DVD drive because I thought it would be nice to be able to burn blu-ray disks if the need arose, and eventually play BR movies on my PC, hopefully with reasonably priced software by then. A new build seemed like the logical time to upgrade. I should have just bought the DVD player. Not worth the shipping and restock fee to RMA it. Don't mess with OEM, a retail package with included software will be cheaper in total, and save you headaches.

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Display Name: Alexander K.

Date Joined: 09/12/08

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 07/17/09
  • Last Review: 05/27/12
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