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Pros: Large storage capacity. Low noise. Lower power consumption compared to WDC Black series. Low heat generation compared to 7200 rpm drives. SATA3 speed potential. 3 year warranty and dedicated WDC support line.
I like to use 5 of these in home-built NAS systems running Linux with ZFS filesystem to store large video files.
Cons: Newegg packaging has improved, but the packaging has to be handled carefully. Drives cannot be "simply stuffed" into the air cushions.
1 of my 5 drives in this batch was inserted the complete reverse of the others. All 5 drives had air cushioning that was either "loose" or had "broken air cells". This tells me the packing of drives into the air cushions is a manual process, not a machine process.
I applaud Newegg's efforts to improve packaging of OEM/bare drives, but the packing staff must take greater care to avoid creating issues that could cause RMAs and customer dis-satisfaction.
Other Thoughts: My latest batch of 5 drives came from the Memphis warehouse. 4 drives successfully passed extensive offline testing. The 5th drive reported increasing read errors so I requested a RMA for it.
During the unpacking process, I noticed the packaging of the 5th drive looked "suspect" so I made a mark on the static bag and noted the serial number; broken air cells in the cushion around the drive and an overall "very loose" air cushion. The small boxes for all 5 drives were undamaged and very securely taped shut.
Previous hard drive shipments from Baldwin Park and Edison were packaged perfectly with all drives being "very snug" in their air cushions. None of those drives had any "read error" issues.
Now I am seeing a track record in past orders of drive failures out of Memphis. The shipper is UPS in all cases, so only the warehouse and travel distance are different.
Pros: My most recent purchase of 5 drives has passed extensive testing. I am rerunning those tests to be doubly certain the drives are "sound" before placing them into service in my home NAS.
Cons: None so far that would deduct an egg.
I noticed that 2 of the 5 drives had circuit boards that "looked different" compared to the other, but all 5 drives had the same "date of manufacture".
At least 2 drives had anti-static bags that were slightly torn, not bad enough to remove the drive, but a tear that opened the bag and defeats the purpose of the dessicant. That could have come from handling the drive during packing for shipment.
Other Thoughts: Always run drive tests before placing purchased drives into service. The drive manufacturers make decent tools for testing. Use those tools, then save and date the test results.
Also, note the drive serial number, date of manufacture and any other issues when unpacking the drives.
The new packaging system from Newegg seems to be working for me. The most recent batch was packed like the Newegg video showed. In my case the individual drive boxes were sitting against the bottom of the box. In the past any drive that was not well cushioned or sitting on the bottom of the box usually encountered errors. The new packing lessens that risk, but I still test all drives.
Overall my success with drives purchased from newegg is improving and that is probably due to the new packing method.
Pros: The promise of adding 2 more SATA ports to a simple with the simplicity of plugging in this card and possibly loading a driver.
Nothing to configure on the card. There is 1 pair of pins for a HDD activity LED (per the instruction paper), but I did not test them.
Cons: I tried this card on a Supermicro motherboard (X10SBA) that has both mSATA and mini PCIe slots.
I did not expect the card to work in the mSATA slot, and it did not work in that slot because they are designed for mSATA cards only.
I hoped the card would work in the mini PCIe slot, but it did not work in my case.
I looked for settings in the system BIOS but could not find any related to the mini PCIe slot. The mini PCIe slot on this Supermicro board is mapped through a USB 2.0 hub chip. Perhaps that is the issue (the mapping) because the USB 2.0 ports from the same hub chip all work fine.
Other Thoughts: I have 2 other boards, 1 from MSI and 1 from Intel, to test this card. It might work in those systems.
The package does not include any necessary mini PCIe mounting post and screw; you have to provide that if it is missing on your system.
I doubt the card is defective. I just think this type of add-in card is "very particular" about what it is connecting to "inside" the system. One day when I have more time I will figure out the limitations of this little card.
One more thought: it's not worth the hassle for me to RMA this card.