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Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST1000NM0033 1TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: When buying anything, one must consider ownership experience for the expected duration. One must also consider the value of their time.Ten years ago, everything was made better, with a longer expected life. Today, we all want cheap, so the manufacturers are producing just that, cheap. And the life expectancy has attenuated. I have old Barracuda drives that are 10 years old still performing satisfactorily, but my 3 year old drives have all died. The manufacturers realize that if it is built too well, then they will not be selling us another. This is called planned obsolescence.
If you have had a drive fail, then you know the cost. Lost data, time to repair and replace, aggravation, etc. It makes sense to buy the best quality that one can. These enterprise drives fill that need. While they may not be the quality of an enterprise drive of ten years ago, they are the best that is available today. Look at one and compare to a non-enterprise drive. They are bigger, weigh more, and the platter has dual bearings. When one considers that the platter spins at 7200 RPM, dual bearings are necessary, yet only the enterprise drives have this. A warranty tells one what the manufacturer thinks of his own product. Ten years ago all drives had a 5 year warranty. Today, only the enterprise drives do. This informs greatly.
Additionally, I appreciate the great speed of these drives. Performance is exceptional and I am pleased with the performance. I have not run any tests, but I can easily see the difference in the required time for a program to come up and run. If it is that apparent, then the difference is more than a few microseconds.
There are many comments about the price, but if one obtains more, then one should expect to pay more. And when one considers the reliability and performance, then in the long run, these are actually less expensive.

Cons: I had a problem once trying to install this on an eight year old machine. There was some limitation in the BIOS and it could not format and partition it. I put it in a newer machine to format and all was well. These new drives have vertical data storage on the platter which understandably requires more recent instructions.

Other Thoughts: I still have an old Matsushita built Connor Fireball in use. No one builds quality like this anymore. A crying shame. These enterprise drives are the best that are available today and are worth the additional cost. If one looks at cost per time, then these enterprise drives are actually more cost efficient. I recommend them highly.

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ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 7 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I built the system with an FX-8350 and 8 Gb RAM. It is rock stable and works very well. Running Linux on it and everything is functioning well. I did not fiddle with the boot part of the BIOS, I just let the install program do its thing. I did instruct it to boot from the MBR on the hard drive that has the OS. There is a part in the BIOS where it can take advantage of Linux, and one has to turn on the IOMMU. A few other places to indicate that I am not using Windows. I have been using Asus boards and products for many years now, and they have not disappointed me. Always among the very best. You get what you pay for.

Cons: It does not have a PATA port so I had to buy an adapter card. And that card used up its only PCI socket.
Two of the SATA ports are ASMedia chip, and will not work with anything other than a hard drive. This is in the manual, but one needs a strong magnifying glass to read it because the print is so small. It is also confusing because these two ports are right next to the 4 south bridge ports. This did cause some aggravation and loss of time.
Also, my first board was flaky. Kept locking up while booting (installing the OS), did not keep time, and other funny things. The second board went in and worked like a champ.

Other Thoughts: I have been using Asus product for about 13 years now. The original stuff came out of Taiwan and was excellent. I have Asus monitors, drives, laptops, motherboards, etc and they are all great stuff. But the QC is not as tight now as it was 10 years ago. I suppose that is life.

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SYBA SD-VIA-1A2S VIA PCI SATA 1.5G / IDE ATA 133 Combo Controller Card / Supports Raid 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD, non-RAID mode
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: When I first got it, it did not work. I emailed tech support and within one hour got a reply. They said to install newer BIOS on the motherboard. I did that, and the controller card now works great. I needed the PATA ports and the SATA are nice to have. The price was great, it works very well, and I am very impressed with the communication because it was both prompt and correct.

Cons: The only thing that I can say is that the SATA are not the faster ports. See comment below.

Other Thoughts: If one needs fast 6 Gb/S SATA, Syba makes several boards that do that. I bought the one with 4 SATA ports and it works very well and it is fast too. I bought this board because I needed PATA ports (the older kind with the ribbon cable)

There are many companies that import product, but few that stand behind it well and give good tech support. Syba has earned my business. Newegg finds good companies to work with, and Newegg has earned my business for being right there to support me.

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BRAD M.'s Profile

Display Name: BRAD M.

Date Joined: 01/16/08

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 06/11/09
  • Last Review: 10/30/13
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