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Western Digital WD Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had this drive for over three years now, with it being in constant operation for about 90% of that time, it hasn't missed a beat. That's saying something for a non-enterprise grade drive (though I hear these are pretty similar to the WD RE drives).

As an added bonus (actually the reason why I bought it), is because the WD Black drives are known for being fast, and it definitely lives up to that expectation.

Cons: A little pricey, and it runs kinda hot, but then again it is a 7200RPM drive.

Other Thoughts: I'm going to have to decommission this drive pretty soon, unfortunately, due to added space requirements, the fact that it's aging, SATA II (doesn't really matter for spinning platters though) and because you just can't really buy them anymore.

I'm going to be really sad to see it go; I ran my first torrents with this drive, it's been phenomenal to me since day one.

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D-Link DGS-1224T 10/100/1000Mbps Web-Smart Switch With 2 Combo SFP Expansion Slots 24 Ports 10/100/1000Mbps with 2 Combo SFP Expansion Slots 8K MAC Address Table 512KB Buffer Memory
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 24 gigabit ports, fanless (which makes it silent), rackmountable, low power usage, and has a decent set of management features for those who don't require much (this is no enterprise-level switch).

It seems pretty reliable, since I've had it for over three years, running 24/7 (obviously) and I haven't had a single issue with it.

Cons: For some reason the management interface only works in Internet Explorer, which is quite annoying, because anyone who knows anything in the IT world doesn't use IE because they know it's the single worst browser on the face of the planet. Good thing I almost never have to use the management interface.

Other Thoughts: I turned the rackmount ears 90 degrees and mounted it hanging on the wall with the ports facing upwards.

I just wish they'd release a firmware update that fixes the management interface for WebKit/Gecko browsers.

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D-Link DGS-2208 Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Desktop Green Ethernet Switch
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, good brand (I've always had good luck with D-Link switches), low power usage, jumbo packets and gigabit speeds. It does its job and it does it well.

Cons: It doesn't cook for me.

Other Thoughts: I use this as a node switch in my server rack for some non-bandwidth-critical network hardware, with one port going back to the backbone managed switch.

It's just a switch. What else is there to say?

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Colton F.'s Profile

Display Name: Colton F.

Date Joined: 10/06/06

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/25/12
  • Last Review: 11/08/13
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