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ORICO PFU3-2P Lightning 2 - Port MAC PCI - Express to USB3.0 Controller Adapter Card for MAC & Windows Mini PCI - E USB3.0 Host Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The card installs easily and is a perfect fix. It provides everything you need to run power from one of your HDD bays in the card. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. Once installed, it ran fine and was much quicker than any USB 2 I have on the Mac Pro.

Cons: Think about what you want to run on this card before you install it. If you plan to run any external HDD or USB flash memory on your MacPro - don't buy this card. It goes to sleep when the Mac goes to sleep and does not properly eject your HDD. I lost a few files on a flash memory card when the computer went to sleep and dropped the connection with they card.
My plan was to run an external disk array and use the quicker USB 3 connection to move data quicker. Not going to work as I don't want to leave my computer running 24/7.
If you plan to leave your Mac awake all the time - or just use this and then unplug your device after each use - this card works. I just don't want my Mac on all the time and so I'm having to work on "plan B" for my external disk array.

Other Thoughts: Its not the card's fault - its my fault and Apple's fault - that the computer goes to sleep and drops the HDD. I have found programs that eject a HDD when going to sleep, but they do not remount the HDD when the system wakes up. So if this is what you want it to do, it won't do it.
It works in Windows 8 and Mac. I have boot camp and this card works fine in Win 8 and the "eject" is not an issue in Win 8 with drivers built into the OS. Maybe I need to consider switching...
I don't like giving up a HDD bay as I'm pushed for disk space already (thus adding an external array). There are cards out there that do not require an external power supply and work fine. I bought one and its working fine. It was not worth the time to return a $14 purchase so I'll just suck it up for now.

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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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Display Name: Mark B.

Date Joined: 09/06/05

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  • First Review: 09/07/09
  • Last Review: 05/05/15
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