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This review is from: Rosewill RX355-U Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Pros: The external enclosure was fine when it connected through the USB 2.0 port to a new (to me) Windows 7 refurbished computer. My problem was that many times the "hand shake" between my computer and the electronics of the Rosewill did not happen! Rosewill responded promptly to my call for help, but wanted me to return the device to them, which I feel was a premature response.
I experimented with the "power on" sequence a lot and found that I could get the proper communication between computer IF I FOLLOWED THE EXACT SEQUENCE:
(1.) Make certain Rosewill enclosure is UNplugged from USB port and is OFF when starting up computer (Win7).
(2.) After computer and enclosure are started and have "stabilized" WITHOUT being connected, plug enclosure into a known good USB 2.0 port. This takes about 3 minutes for Win. 7 and 1 minutes for the Rosewill to stabilize.
(3.) Wait a few minutes after connecting USB. If USB connection "fails", restart from #1 above. It takes 2 - 5 minutes to connect through USB. Windows 7 will let you know if connection ("hand shake") has failed.
Other Thoughts: It took me between 30 and 40 minutes to configure and install HD Drive into the enclosure.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Backward compatible in the 133MHz ABIT KR-7A-RAID motherboard (MoBo)! In my case, WITHOUT any memory core voltage adjustments as suggested by manufacturer. I know, I know, some of you are asking why anyone would want to upgrade an older 2002-2003 vintage motherboard... because it's a better MoBo than I can purchase presently. ABIT no longer sells MoBOs and some of the stuff on the market now is junk- at least compared to the earlier MoBos! Does doubling the memory to 1 GB make a perceivable difference? YES! Page loading and YouTube videos are loaded faster without as much "pausing" as before.
Cons: I Cannot get this to work with 2 x 1GB sticks of high-end Corsair XMS memory. Probably due to the different timings. I will keep working on this problem, since it is too late to return this 1 GB memory to Newegg. It would be nice if this were ECC memory for the same price, but that's pushing things a bit. The strongly suggested increase of core memory voltage to 2.6-2.75 v. might be a problem for some users. Check your BIOS settings to see if it can be done BEFORE you purchase this great memory.
Other Thoughts: Back when I built this ABIT-equipped motherboard (computer), ECC memory was more plentiful and certainly relatively cheaper than it is now. I say RELATIVELY CHEAPER, because all memory was MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE back in 2002-2003. It disgust me to see /hear people complaining and whining about how "expensive" their memory sticks are! If only they were around when it WAS expensive! I am happy that I was able to upgrade my 9-year-old MoBo for such a reasonable price, and keep the older computer very functional.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheaper than original 512 MB memory. I don't understand those commenters that whine about the older memory being "overpriced". They can't purchase a "new old stock" 1970 BMW for $4,000., either! Maybe they are just inexperienced? The 1 gb 400 MHz. DIMM that worked was obviously backward compatible with an older board that was designed for 133 MHz. (266 MHz. DDR) memory (PC1600-2100).
Cons: One 1 gb stick worked fine in DIMM socket 1, but the Abit KR-7A-RAID motherboard would not recognize the second DIMM in any other socket! I will have to purchase a single 1 gb DIMM and be happy with that improvement for this 2002-2003 vintage motherboard. I do not know if the problem is the socket (DIMM2) being defective, or the memory specifications of the PNY stick. Bummer. I was hoping to upgrade to 2 gb. of RAM.
Other Thoughts: Newegg gave me a fast RMA and I shipped in back to them in the same package that I received it in. FIVE STARS to NEWEGG for their usual great efforts at helping me solve my problem.READ FULL REVIEW