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TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC720XK3C1 Black
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Drive has integrated USB 3.0 port 05/14/2014

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC720XK3C1 Black

Pros: A sound external USB 3.0 drive with plenty of space in a small, portable package. Powered exclusively by USB port.

Cons: None, just wanted to comment on the internal drive for those who are wondering.

Other Thoughts: For those considering dis-assembly to use the enclosed HDD for something else, be aware that the drive has the USB 3.0 port integrated on the HDD circuit board. You cannot plug the physical drive into a SATA port (regular or laptop). If you're looking for a 2.5" 2TB internal drive with a SATA connector, the Canvio Basics 2TB drive is the one to choose. Also keep in mind that the 2.5" 2TB drives are about twice the thickness of typical "laptop" drives.

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FirePower ZT Series 750W 80Plus Bronze Fully-Modular High Performance ATX PC Power Supply ZT750W, formerly PC Power & Cooling
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: One of three hasn't failed yet. But then, I haven't installed it yet.

Cons: I bought three of these expecting good quality, reliable and quiet power supplies. I immediately installed one in a system running an MSI 790FX board, quad core Phenom processor and 8 Seagate NAS drives on an LSI 9260. This is a storage server so the video is minimal.

The first PSU ran for two days before it just stopped supplying power. The second lasted less than 12 hours. I haven't tried the third as I don't really want to risk my drives. There is nothing wrong with the system - it's run for years on its original power supply (which has a noisy fan).

It seems very odd to me, but this PSU doesn't appear to be able to handle a moderate load 24/7. I wouldn't recommend it if reliability is an issue.

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MSI R7870-2GD5T/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I can't comment. It doesn't fit in my machine.

Cons: The power connectors (yes, there are two power connectors!) are on the edge of the card opposite the PCI-e slot. Since this is a full-height card and the power connectors are not flexible and add about 0.5-0.75" to the top, this card may well not fit even a full tower case. It doesn't fit in my Dell T7600 workstation (which I thought was capacious!).

Other Thoughts: I got two of these to replace a Quadro 4000 but not only don't they fit the case, my power supply doesn't have 4 spare PCI-e card power connectors. The cards include a pair of molex-to-PCI-e power adapters but my system doesn't have any of the old molex power connectors - they're all SATA/SAS.

I should have learned more before I ordered, I suppose, but I'm certain none of these extra requirements were made clear.

What a horrible job of design engineering.

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Alasdair T.'s Profile

Display Name: Alasdair T.

Date Joined: 10/16/03

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 07/04/08
  • Last Review: 05/14/14
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