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Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Price, good performance, MLC 09/12/2016

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 2.5" 1TB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDRE1TB

Pros: Good performance overall, balanced read/write performance. So far 4 drives purchased over the last 9 months, have been in heavy use with no failures or performance degradation.

Cons: Not one of the fastest drives available.

Other Thoughts: Many other drives in this price range are TLC, and seem to have inferior write performance and likely less write endurance than this drive.

As with any high-capacity drive, I did notice that this reduced effective battery life of my Broadwell-based laptop a small amount. I ended up replacing it with a smaller 250GB (also MLC) model with reduced power use.

HGST Travelstar H2IK10003272SN (0S03563) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Full capacity seen by Windows. Packaged well.

Cons: Failed out of the box with click-of-death. The read arm was slamming the hdd case so hard it was audible from the outside of the laptop.

Putting the drive in a USB shell and mounting it vertically did not help.

Although Windows recognized the drive it could not be formatted, read from, or written to.

Other Thoughts: There was no shipping or ESD damage, failure was immediate and the controller chip was clearly working.

There must have been mechanical damage done at the factory, which means a quality control problem. This drive should not have been boxed and sold to a retailer.

Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Incredibly fast for spinning disk. I regularly get 100MBps even after the SMART failures.

Great value. Don't seem to rely on good shipping packing to arrive in a working state.

Cons: Louder and more vibration than baseline disks.

2 of 2 drives still work fine, although SMART statistics are extremely bad - multiple uncorrectable errors and bad sectors on both drives. One of the drives occasionally doesn't appear in the BIOS, but cold booting brings it back online.

Other Thoughts: I purchased two Toshiba drives to replace these - one of the Toshiba drives was DOA. I purchased two WDC drives to replace the Toshiba drives, and 1 was DOA.

I recommend that, unless buying this model for Price/performance reasons, you avoid 3TB drives. No models from no manufacturer seems reliable. I've had much better luck with 2 or 4TB models.


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Display Name: Scott C.

Date Joined: 08/10/02

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  • Last Review: 09/12/16
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