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WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Great NAS Drive
Quiet
Low Power
Got it on sale for $170 when I bought it
Still alive (Purchased 11/13/13)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have four of these in a three 5.25" bay to four 3.5" bay converter by Silverstone (CFP51-B). They are attached to an LSI 9260CV-8i controller on one breakout cable. When I originally got the drives, I ran all four through WD's extended burn test on their diagnostics tool. All four survived. I then make a RAID 10 array with them. It took about seven and a half days to build the array. Being RAID 10, I get only 8 TB to use as storage. I don't mind though.

These are in my personal computer, so they get turned off when my PC does. I have also moved my PC around quite a few times (On work travels) and these drives have not gone bad in any way.

I plan to build a separate NAS system that will stay at home for 24/7 use. That will probably use ten 6 TB Red Drives (8 in array and 2 for hot spares). I just have to save up for it, but these drives have proven their worth to me.

Also, I would have to note that on this LSI controller, please note that you cannot expand RAID 10 arrays. You can expand RAID 5, 6, 50, or 60 though. So I would buy all of the drives up front to make the array (From different time periods though to make sure they don't all die at the same time).

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Plextor PX-M2P Series PX-256M2P 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast drive at the time, still fast today, but nowhere near as fast as my modern Sandisk Extreme 2

Good price for the performance at the time

Still living since 2011.

Cons: Pretty much most modern SSDs murder this drive for the price. Hurts to be an early adopter.

Other Thoughts: Now giving this SSD drive to a friend to give life to her old laptop, it's been on for 10,173 hours. It's being used for a new Windows 7 install, replacing her old hard drive.

On a Core i5 2430M laptop with 5 GB DDR3, Integrated graphics, and on Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64

Crystal Disk Mark (9 passes at 4000 MB):
Seq:
Read: 481.7 MB/s
Write: 399.0 MB/s
512K:
Read: 352.8 MB/s
Write: 389.1 MB/s
4K:
Read: 21.78 MB/s
Write: 44.81 MB/s
4K QD32:
Read: 262.2 MB/s
Write: 252.9 MB/s

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Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Cheap - Got it for 79.99
Fairly fast for the price
Lightweight and thin

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This drive is running and performs well. With nothing on it, here are tested speeds from Crystal Disk Mark. It's formatted as GPT. It's around 223 GB formatted. All tests are 9 passes @ 4000MB.

Seq:
Read: 488.4 MB/s
Write: 278.4 MB/s
512K:
Read: 444.5 MB/s
Write: 278.5 MB/s
4K:
Read: 25.98 MB/s
Write: 109.9 MB/s
4K QD32:
Read: 260.3 MB/s
Write: 251.6 MB/s

I have this same drive in my laptop. It's about 9 months old now. Purchased 3/22/14. It has about 140 GB of stuff on it alongside Windows 8.1. It was running the older MU03 firmware. Here are the speeds on this drive:

MU03:
Seq:
Read: 470.9 MB/s
Write: 248.9 MB/s
512K:
Read: 423.1 MB/s
Write: 248.8 MB/s
4K:
Read: 23.44 MB/s
Write: 61.82 MB/s
4K QD32:
Read: 330.3 MB/s
Write: 232.0 MB/s

Laptop M500 updated to MU05:
Seq:
Read: 464.9 MB/s
Write: 254.6 MB/s
512K:
Read: 410.4 MB/s
Write: 250.4 MB/s
4K:
Read: 17.36 MB/s
Write: 30.81 MB/s
4K QD32:
Read: 332.7 MB/s
Write: 236.2 MB/s

Looking at the results, it appears the MU05 update caused all of the speeds to drop except for Seq Write and 4KQD32 Write. Definitely the blank new M500 has my laptop drive beat all across the board, even with the same firmware revision. I'd say expect a performance drop once you start loading up the SSD with stuff.

Note:
If you are updating to the latest revision using Windows 8 or 8.1 on the UEFI BIOS, the automated update program will not work. UEFI will not allow it to run properly. You have to download the ISO file and manually do it by burning it to a CD or mounting it to a USB drive. Then install the firmware from the ISO file. I could not do it without switching UEFI back to Legacy mode on my laptop though. UEFI would keep loading Windows 8 instead. I believe the automated firmware update program should work if you switch the BIOS back to legacy mode, but I haven't tried it myself since I used a mounted ISO of it instead.

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