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4 out of 5 eggs Great fast and stable SSD with Firmware Updates that actually work! 07/17/2016

This review is from: Crucial MX200 2.5" 250GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT250MX200SSD1

Pros: Fast SSD that's almost equal to the Samsung EVO 850
Great Price vs. Performance
Fantastic Controller
Metal enclosure that acts as a heat sink if needed
Nice software package for both cloning your drive and for use with the SSD
Perfect for cost effective and super fast RAID 0 system that's so close to the Samsung EVO 850 you wont notice any speed difference!
4 1/2 Eggs for a fast, stable, and low cost raid 0 config that gives you good space on your boot drive

Cons: 3 year warranty is a bit lite but most users will get at least 4 years depending on how often you write to your drive or drives, plus most people will be replacing them after 3 years as 500 gig SSDs will drop so much in price.

So not really a con but can be listed as a partial con.

Other Thoughts: If you read all the information available for this drive you will read that it nearly matches the new Samsung drives that have the same issues as the EVO840 Series had.

Sorry but I will not buy a SSD that can brick out due to a simple Firmware update. Samsung needs to get their software act together with Toshiba (Who writes their software) to keep RMAs down as it's hurting there sales from buyer like myself.

I just bought this MX-200 at a great price after one of my Crucial M4 128 gig drives bit the dust. Going back to Crucial is not brand loyalty but a simple choice based on price vs performance with two of these SSDs in RAID 0 you will see some unreal speeds.

Maybe when Samsung corrects there software issues I'll buy 2 of there 512 gig 850 Pros as those stripped would be a bit faster and the warranty of 10 years more than enough.

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4 out of 5 eggs Great drive with excellent speed and stability at a very good price point! 07/07/2016

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drive ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop SSHD

Pros: Fast speeds
Great large size
Hybrid 8 Gig of SS memory really does make the extra cash spent worth every penny
Seagate reliability

Cons: None but quality control is not what it once was. That said it's the same failure rate that all other mechanical drives suffer from

Not a Seagate issue but a Mechanical drive issue in general

Other Thoughts: All these negative reviews based on a DOA drive need to be ignored! People should not be reviewing a drive when they have no idea how good the drives performance really is!

Stop with the complaints that are not reviews of a working drive at all. If anything you can note that your first drive was DOA after you get a working drive to actually review properly! It's my biggest per peeve when people either slam a drive for arriving DOA or failing during the burn in period.

This is when a drive should fail and if you get a DOA it's just bad luck and nothing more.

Giving a drive a bad review for a DOA drive or switching brands based on the DOA drives is just silly and just shows that most people that buy hardware need to have someone else buy it for them.

I have been a hardware buyer for the same computer shop since 1994 and have never thought of switching from Seagate to Western Digital drives.

I simply understand the laws of probability which states you will eventually get a DOA drive or have one fail within a few days of use.
This is normal and exactly what you want to happen to a drive that's weak somewhere in it's mechanical or electrical internal components.

Why do these people insist on complaining about these DOA drives when no matter what brand you choose the same percentage of drives will fail!
Everyone wants the super low prices that we are now getting with all computer based hardware but with the lower cost the quality control drops as they are not paying people to test the drives before shipping them out.

So it's just plan old bad luck if you get a drive that is DOA or fails. In all 10 of my own personal builds since 1995 I have not received a single DOA drive, ever! I still have two Seagate 1 TB stripped in a raid 0 config that have been working perfectly for the last 5 years!

So stop with the complaints as they are NOT REVIEWS and are just part of what can happen with a new drive.
Most of these same people switch brands based on a DOA or drive that fails within it's first month. That's why all mechanical drives have a 2 year warranty and Seagate has been producing very good drives since way back in the late 90's.

I used to buy only IBM hard drives but times have changed and for me it's Crucial SSD for the main boot drive in a raid 0 config and two Seagate Hybrid 2 TB drives also stripped in a raid 0 array for mass storage and speed.

These Hybrid drives are not a gimmick and WD does not even bother to try to develop one as they count on their brand following lemmings to buy them and pay more for them as well.

Don't be a Lemming and try Seagate drives as they are just as good as WDs and cost less. You get more for less!

Note to those that need some help:
You can clone any drive to any other drive, Hybrid, mechanical, or SSD can be easily cloned using Part Magic .

Part Magic is freeware that you download as a ISO and either burn it to a CD-R as a ISO or you can use a USB thumb drive (Takes much longer) and go into your BIOS and change your first boot device to your optical drive.
Insert the CD-R you created using windows built in ISO Joliet burning software. You then just boot up and the program will install directly into your memory. It's a free fantastic software package that allows you to clone and then resize the partition to the full size of the drive.

You can unlock windows drives (Drives that had WIN 7 or 10 installed onto them become locked with the Operating system. You go to the top where there are Icons like in ImageBurn, and select your locked drive .
Then right click your mouse and select delete the partition.

That may work or not if not go to top tab and select the internal drive that you want to get back to factory new specs-then Start at the bottom-Tools-Erase disk-then secure erase, your computer will go into sleep mode(If it wont you carefully remove the sata power plug and then plug it back in to fake out the drive into thinking it went into sleep mode- then repeat with START BAR- TOOLS- ERASE DISK- SECURE WIPE- drive will then be put back to all Zero's or factory new spec. Windows is now removed from whatever drive you had it on.

To clone you use the same bootable disk and select CloneZilla, your computer will re-boot and load Conezilla into your system memory. Follow the steps to clone your drive to the new or different drive after it's been unlocked if it had windows on it previously, if it's a new drive you just use Clonezilla right from the beginning .

As I stated PartMagic is the only software needed for many different hard drive options and it's bootable ISO that boot into your RAM.

This is not a hard program to use the disk has plenty of online help files and will go online as it auto loads your LAN port driver.

Once you get a good copy of PartMagic boot into it and start reading about what you want to do so your sure about it. It's free and it works with any type of hard drive!

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5 out of 5 eggs Best keyboard I have ever used that actually types every key I hit for under $15....................... 06/29/2016

This review is from: Logitech K120 Wired Standard USB Keyboard - Black

Pros: Easy key stroke '
Accurate
Super Cheap
Built as well as a $14 keyboard can be built
Love the bright white and full sized keys

Best keyboard I have used for under $60 no joke..............

Cons: Well actually none at this price point.................

Other Thoughts: I was tired of the 6 different Tt Sport mechanical keyboards that failed on me one after the other and wanted a basic keyboard that would type easily, accurately, and feel good to your fingers and this $14 K-120 is literally the best keyboard I have used in the last 2 years.

It's also spill resistant if you have trouble with spills into your keyboard

What I really love is that this keyboard is proof that all the keyboard companies are ripping everyone off right before your very eye's and your letting them.

This keyboard feels great and has that perfect small foot print you can't find on any other keyboard being sold right now.

I decided to go the opposite of the $100 Tt Sports debacle and get the K-120 for $14 from a different vender as they didn't have it here at the time without the extra cost of the optical mouse I didn't need.

All in all this is a great keyboard that types what I want it to type and feels good on my fingers.

My typing speed has gone up at least 20 words a minute since I switched to this keyboard and the keys don't seem as though they will ever get loose and start making that clicky sound that all my other keyboards would make with the enter key and the back space key.

You simply can't beat this performance at this price point!

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