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Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Server Memory Model KVR16LE11S8/4
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: ECC. LP DDR3. ECC. Works. ECC. Lifetime warranty. And did I mention ECC?

Cons: No one ever has enough memory, it's always more expensive than you'd prefer, and they still can't make it infintely fast.

Other Thoughts: What's there to say about memory? This isn't the first build I've done with Kingston ECC sticks, and I doubt it will be the last.

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Rosewill RC-204 IDE to SATA  Mini Vertical Bridge (for IDE device)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Nice when it works, but that's not always 10/11/2014

This review is from: Rosewill RC-204 IDE to SATA Mini Vertical Bridge (for IDE device)

Pros: With devices it "likes" it works fine. It's liked a variety of PATA optical drives and, up until yesterday, a couple of PATA HDs I'd had occasiona to use it with.

Cons: IME it either likes a PATA HD or else it "hangs". Symptoms I saw included long delays in the BIOS up to inability to load the boot loader or OS image. If the OS loaded, the drive might or might not be visible; if visible, it was inaccesible. And yeah, I know all about needing to strap the drive to be the IDE master; they were.

tl;dr: the adapter can fail for no visible reason.

Other Thoughts: Yesterday I began to understand the poor reviews it sometimes gets. I was wiping some drives, a mixed lot, and the machine I had handy had only SATA 6Gb ports. The adapter worked with a 40G Seagate and the 120G WD drives, while failing with the 120G Seagate and an old 3G WD. Didn't torture myself with the others, swapped machines for one with real PATA at that point.

I'd give it zero stars if i could - an adapter that works when it "feels like it" isn't worth buying.

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ORICO 1106SS Tool Free 3.5 SATA to 5.25 SATA Stainless Bracket Internal Hard Driver Mounting Bracket Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Has front panel power switching, and an intelligently chosen switch that's easy enough to operate without being very easily mis-operated. Power and activity LEDs, of course.

Contrary to description ("SHOCK absorption unit inside"), the drive frame is solidly connected to the side pieces, so this unit shouldn't have the problems with toolless bays that some others do.

Cheap.

Cons: Cheap. Poorly made, mechanically. Oh, they have good ideas, even little things like the springs to keep the drive aligned if the bay isn't mounted horizontally, but the quality of the metal forming is execrable. Both of the mounting plates were canted enough to be visibly misaligned. One rail was visibly not straight (malformed, as it was only one side), and aside from that the rails looked like two slightly different designs had been mixed together.

Does NOT have "zero-force" SATA connectors (ironically, since with the power switch the need for the carefully engineered staged contacts is largely motted).

No lock to prevent accidental removal, nor any interlock to coordinate power switching with opening/closing the door. It's a really weird mix of good ideas and boneheaded misdesign...

Other Thoughts: I've read (in reviews displayed for some other racks) about doors that won't close without the latch being held open, or that don't eject the drive smoothly, or need enough force to do so that one might reasonably worry about how long the lever's parts would last. I never saw a rack that actually matched those descriptions until this one arrived and nailed both. Sometimes it worked smoothly; a couple times I reached around to push the drive loose for fear it would damage something if I pulled harder on the door.

Overall, would not buy again. If unusable junk could be returned without spending much of the hypothetical refund on postage I'd do it. I guess I cna use it in the project chassis, which is nearly always open for reaching inside to push. :-(

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Display Name: Martin M.

Date Joined: 11/25/01

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  • First Review: 12/30/08
  • Last Review: 10/19/14
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