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Crucial M550 CT256M550SSD1 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs If Kevin S. is listening in... 07/24/2014

This review is from: Crucial M550 CT256M550SSD1 2.5" 256GB SATA 6Gb/s MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I had the UEFI disconnect (ASUS MB- Z87A) problems on a new build late last year. After trying just about everything else I swapped the SSD's power cable to my Seasonic modular PS and BINGO! Rock solid ever since. Am I certain this will fix the Kevin S.? - No, but its so easy totry it. And if a 50¢ cable is the cause of a 5-star SSD getting a 3-star review, shouldn't we all know?

Cons: none or one

Other Thoughts: Newegg needs to add a user-to-user comment ability as I'm quite certain we could help each other quicker and more thoroughly than relying on manufacturers.

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ORICO 6629US3-C USB 3.0 Dual Bay 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Stand Alone Clone Function
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First thing to note is that this is not a "hot-swap" device. You should follow standard "Safe to remove.." rules for any drive(s) installed. Also, if you remove a drive, you're disconnecting the "bridge" which means if two drives are installed, both are dismounted. Then, when safe to do so, turn off the power to the 6629 before physically removing the drive(s).
I use Acronis S/W for cloning but the 6629 has two advantages: It can clone offline and it can make perfect copies of a servers boot drive without expensive server cloning software. I cloned my laptop's 120 GB SSD in about 30 minutes I'll still need cloning software in some instances where I want to control partition sizes or for cloning a larger to smaller drive, like when upgrading my laptop's 320 GB hard drive to a 240 GB solid state drive.

Used it to transfer data from my server to two old Seagate 2TB drives and monitored the power consumed with a "P3 Kill a Watt" power meter and I was a little worried when it drew 43+ watts for a few seconds during start up, but the dock's 48 watt power supply survived. My server happens to have two 2TB data drives so I began two simple, batch file back-ups and crossed my fingers (and started this review). After the initial start-up, the P3 registered no more than about 16 watts even while both drive were actively writing. As the back-ups took a few hours (600GB first drive, 1500GB on the second) and not once did either drive "disconnect" or have any issue; they both kept . . . chugging along. I suspect I would have gotten better performance had the old drives been sata2 or sata3 but "still working" means I don't have to replace them yet.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: There are a couple physical design changes that would make the 6629 dock better:
1) Place all three ("Power", "Clone-PC", and "Start") switches in front or on top. (They are place inconveniently in the back beneath where the power and USB cables connect.)
2) Integrate the power supply and the 6629 dock into one box. (It would eliminate the flimsy cord between the dock and power supply and add a little weight to the dock and maybe even provide more space to re-locate the three switches.)

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ORICO UTL-U2-BK USB 2.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Network Adapter [ASIX AX88772 Chipset, USB to RJ45]
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: As soon as I attached it, Windows 7 (Pro) loaded the correct driver without the need for the included disk. Once installed I disable my laptop's wifi. Then I used it to transfer a 1.72 GB iso file from my server which it did in 142 seconds and I do believe that equates to a full 100 mbs.

Cons: It's not 1000 mbs (nor is the USB port).

Other Thoughts: It never ceases to amaze me just how versatile USB ports are.

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Display Name: EDWARD C.

Date Joined: 01/13/10

  • Reviews: 48
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  • First Review: 04/01/11
  • Last Review: 07/24/14
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