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This review is from: Patriot Axle 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Red) Model PSF32GAUSB
Pros: This is the smallest of an affordable 32GB flash drive I could find. It is truly tiny. The metal cover can be removed easily, leaving a black nub that is only 15mm long and 5mm thick! Formatted FAT32 with one primary partition and no crapware or other junk.
Cons: Not a speed demon.
Has no activity light.
Has holes for a lanyard, but no lanyard.
Other Thoughts: Immediately repartitioned all four I bought and formatted with ext4. Works perfectly with Linux. Tested sequential writing under Linux (using simple 1GB copies: sync ; date ; cp FILE /mnt/disk ; sync ; date ) at 10MB/s on one machine and 8.8MB/s on another.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The *CONCEPT* is exactly what I was looking for- dual slot 2.5", thermostatically controlled fan, usb. I already had an older unit (BT-B260U3) before ordering three of these (BT-B260U3F)
Cons: TWO of the three units I ordered were defective right out of the box. One unit had no USB response at all. The second unit had a broken eject mechanism on one of the two slots. The third unit works, but the eject mechanism is suspect, as if it is going to break soon. I have no confidence the third unit will survive.
Other Thoughts: I decided to keep one as a backup for a different model I bought earlier that works great (the BT-M260U3). I would have bought another of those, but they were discontinued and I had to buy the more expensive "F" model, even though I did not want firewire or ESATA.
Newegg's *EXCELLENT* customer service immediately understood my issues and not only issued a refund so I could buy something different, but waved the restocking fees and return shipping costs! Although I am upset about the products, I can't possibly be more pleased with how NewEgg handled it!
Pros: Works fine in Linux (RHEL 6.1)
Thermostatically controlled fan (a feature they don't list).
Weighty enough to stay put (once you add feet).
Slots separated enough to provide good ventilation.
Included USB 3 cable (although it is non-case matching blue).
USB 2 compatible.
Drive activity light (reuses power lights on each slot).
Works fine without RAID.
Very reasonably priced.
Well packaged, nice box.
Compact power supply.
Had no trouble inserting or removing drives.
Cons: No rubber feet included (easily fixed/obtained).
No "drive inserted" indicators.
Plastic front and back (but that is not unusual).
Not lockable (not a big deal).
Instructions are pretty skimpy.
Other Thoughts: When power is applied, the single blue LED comes on for each tray, whether there is a drive in it or not. During activity, the light blinks off. Would much rather have had separate master power LED, a drive inserted lights, and activity lights.
I did not test RAID capability (since that is not what I plan to use it for). I benchmarked (bonnie++) Seagate ST9750420AS 750GB drive in the slot connected to RHEL with USB 2 and got 28MB/s write and 47MB/s read. The read speed is right at the max USB 2.0 speed. The same drive, connected to the same machine but directly through SATA yeilds 42MB/s write and 165MB/s read. If the controller in the Bytecc can't max the bus on USB 2 for writing, I am not sure what the point of connecting it USB 3 would be. This could be a major strike against the unit for some people. It could be a limitation of my server's USB chipset (HP ML350G6). But for my application (replacing a tape backup system for a server), it doesn't matter much.
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