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Corsair Force Series 3 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very fast. One of the fastest SSDs available today.
Price is quite reasonable considering performance and size.

Cons: Died within 5 months. Shut the computer down for the night, went to boot it back up in the morning and the drive was gone. No amount of trouble-shooting (different ports, different cables, trying 30/30 power cycles, etc) would bring it back.

Had an OCZ Agility 2 (well known for their poor reliability) and even that managed to last twice as long before it died.

Other Thoughts: After having my Agility 2 die on me, I set up automated backup routines to run every night, and imaged the SSD to an old HDD once a week. That's what I'm running off of right now.

IF YOU RUN A SANDFORCE-BASED SSD, BACK YOUR DATA UP. You should backup anyhow, but SF drives are pretty much playing Russian roulette: you're gonna lose one day.

WD WD Green WD20EARS-FR 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Two steps forward, on step back 01/27/2012

This review is from: WD WD Green WD20EARS-FR 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: It's a nice enough drive. Large, reasonably fast, quiet, not too expensive.

Cons: The "EARS" in the part number signifies it has a "hybrid" approach to the new 4k sector standard. While internally it utilizes 4k sectors, it presents itself to the OS as utilizing 512b sectors. This can cause substantial performance degradation if you try to use it in a RAID with older drives, or with an OS that actually believes what the drive tells it (FreeBSD, Linux, etc).

Other Thoughts: It's fine as a single drive in Windows, but you'll likely have to re-create any RAID volumes so you can force 4k sectors.

HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2-Core 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Small: It's about 12" cubed. Quiet: even with 4 drives chugging away, it's barely audible. Fast: I threw FreeNAS and RAIDZ on it (which is pretty easy), and over my gigE network I get burst speeds of 90+MB/s and sustained writes of ~50MB/s. Cheap: for a 4-drive NAS, the price (~$250) is pretty good considering what all you get. Expandable: 4 drives (plus an optical bay plus an internal bootable USB port), 6 USB ports, an eSATA port /and/ a pair of PCIe slots? Hells yeah!

Cons: Did not buy me lunch.

Other Thoughts: While most people will probably feel more at home loading up WHS 2011 on this, FreeNAS is a great alternative. If you follow the directions for loading FreeNAS onto a USB stick, you can be up and running in about 10 minutes.


Justin S.'s Profile

Display Name: Justin S.

Date Joined: 09/10/04

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/20/10
  • Last Review: 04/04/12
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