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Western Digital Element 1TB 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great External Drive 01/27/2010

This review is from: Western Digital Element 1TB 3.5" Black External Hard Drive

Pros: Great dependable drive made by an actual hard drive manufacturer.

It has a very simplistic yet functional design. The hard drive is contained within an aluminum shell which helps to dissipate some of the heat as well as give it a much sturdier feeling. The drive lays horizontal on rubber ends which help reduce vibration and noise as well as keep the drive from being pushed around.

Laying flat also eliminates the risk of accidentally knocking the drive over as is the case with most external drives.

The indicator access light is not too bright and out of the way so it won't be flashing in your face when you are trying to sleep.

Cons: No eSATA, but that's only a minor con in this case.

Other Thoughts: I've run this drive for over a year now and have had no troubles. It's very reliable as one would expect from a major hard drive manufacturer. It has even saved me from total data loss as I was able to copy everything over from a failing drive before it kicked the bucket a few months later.
I hope WD continues to use this design more instead of their "my book" design. Sometimes simplistic is better.

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RAIDMAX RX-380K 380W ATX12V Power Supply
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works well as a cheap replacement 01/14/2010

This review is from: RAIDMAX RX-380K 380W ATX12V Power Supply

Pros: Low price and decent amount of connections. Used this for little over a year without failure.

Cons: Only one SATA connection, keep that in mind if you have a newer system.
Cheaper build quality (but that is to be expected at this price)

Other Thoughts: Used this to replace a power supply that died on an older system. It wasn't worth spending much to fix so I took a chance and got this. Has been working fine ever since.

It's always a small gamble with these cheaper power supplies. For a replacement on older systems I would definitely suggest this, but I would look at something a little better for a new system.

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Carson G.'s Profile

Display Name: Carson G.

Date Joined: 01/26/09

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/14/10
  • Last Review: 01/27/10
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