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APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Not as easy as it looks online 12/29/2013

This review is from: APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro

Pros: Easy to attach my SSD and plug into my MacPro (5,1). Mac quickly recognized the device and formatting my new SSD was quick and easy. I combined this with a Samsung 750GB SSD and they make quite a pair.

Cons: To physically install the device only took a few minutes, the actual setup and moving of my OS to this new SSD took several days. A few of the issues:
1. To use "restore" in OSX disk utility, the target drive must be "as big as or bigger" than the source drive. This is not usually the case when moving to a SSD because they're so expensive. You likely have a 1 or 2TB system drive and are moving to a 500GB or 750GB SSD. I only had 350GB on my source drive, but because it was 2TB HDD and my SSD was 750GB, Restore did not work.
2. Time Machine - would no work either. I have my iTunes and iPhoto library on different disks and a Time Machine restore did not work.
3. I thought I could just install "Mavericks" on my new SSD while keeping my original OS drive in place. Nope. Because there was no "recovery partition" on the new SSD, this would not work. Nice of Apple to put this partition on every system, but a pain when you can't install on a disk without one.
4. Clean install - with no physical DVD for OSX Mavericks, was tricky but I finally got it. Actually installed an old Mountain Lion OS on the SSD from the DVD (this added in the "recovery partition"), then downloaded Mavericks on my original HDD through the App store, then installed Mavericks on the SSD, changed the target boot drive to my SSD, and finally migrated my data over from my old 2TB drive to my SSD.
This was a CHORE and took several days to complete. Moving 350 GB of data around took a lot of time on each attempt but SUCCESS was finally mine!!
The Outcome - very, very nice. My MacPro does run much quicker and I don't get the spinning beach ball near as much as I used to. Programs open quickly and searches are very quick. I really like the device and it has added a little time before I need to upgrade. No glitches since install. I'm considering this project a success - though it took a LOT LONGER than I ever expected.
Only thought - they give you an extra SATA connector - but they put it on the inside. I can see for PC that may help, but not Mac. Why not put one extra adapter on the inside and one on the outside?

Other Thoughts: I was very surprised by how long it took New Egg to get this too me. I almost always receive my goods within a week. I placed the order online on 11/25 and it didn't arrive until 12/9 - that's 14 days. Giving 4 days for the Thanksgiving break and that's still 10 days. Not their usual speed - but I'm sure they were busy for their "Black Friday" month of November.

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Aluminum 9-LED Flashlights with Batteries (Pack of 6)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Deal 07/20/2013

This review is from: Aluminum 9-LED Flashlights with Batteries (Pack of 6)

Pros: All these flashlights and batteries for less than $10 - you can't beat it. And I've had them for over a year and all of them still work fine. Nice, compact and not cheaply made. Good buy.

Cons: None

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Rosewill RC-416 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Green Ethernet Desktop Metal Enclosure Switch 3-Year Warranty
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice and easy to use. I needed a switch by the TV for all the components. I like the fact the lights are not too bright on the front - but they are bright enough to see. Seems sturdy with the metal case. Much heavier than the 5 port switch I replaced.

Cons: It is a little more picky than the Netgear I replaced. I made my own cables and messed one up. My Netgear didn't care - this one wouldn't work until I found and fixed the bad cable. Once I found the problem - this unit worked perfect.

Other Thoughts: Remember to put the little rubber feet on the bottom of the switch before you install it. I forgot and had to add them later. It would have been much easier if I'd put them on before I attached the wires and placed this on the shelf.

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Display Name: Mark B.

Date Joined: 09/06/05

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  • Last Review: 12/29/13
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