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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black
Pros: I have this setup as an expansion with no additional software. I am running on system with SDD as my main drive and using this as my mass storage device. I am using the built in backup for windows and a full backup with a disk image took about 1 hour 20 minutes. Nothing to brag about but not bad either. Backup size was over 50gb and took just a few minutes more to complete than doing a backup to an internal hard drive.
Read speed is decent on USB 3.0. Write speed is a little slow but still not bad for a USB drive. My other Seagate Expansion is faster, but then it does not have nearly the storage space this drive has.
I do a lot of imaging and replacing hard drives on desktops and laptops. This is perfect for holding the images. I also have full images of all my system drives for all my computers. Again, more than enough space.
The thing I like most about USB hard drive storage is I can power it up only when I need it. I can copy all my important files and images and then set it aside and have peace of mind knowing my files will be there when I need them. By powering off when I do not need it, I expect it will last quite a few years.
I continue to find more uses for this drive since it seems like almost unlimited storage for me. Have tons of emails now and I have started to archive all my email and store it out on this drive. Also moving my VMs to this drive - haven't noticed a performance difference running a VM on this external drive vs. running on internal hard drive.
There are just so many things you can do when you have this much storage available. Just a decade ago, the monster drive was 1TB or 2TB. Never dreamed of having this much storage at such a low cost.
Cons: Nothing really bad to say unless I want to get picky. The link to register is broke - should have been checked - small QC issue but it says a lot about the company. No fancy software but you really don't need any with Windows 7 or Windows 10.
Other Thoughts: Some benchmarks. Nice read speeds but write speed on smaller files suffer. You will notice the slower write speeds if you copy or backup a lot of small files. Write speeds on files 4K or less was under 30MBs. Larger files copied at speeds nearly equivalent to internal drive.
Here are my benchmarks using Crystal:
CrystalDiskMark 4.0.3 x64 (C) 2007-2015 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 199.752 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 64.849 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2.098 MB/s [ 512.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3.858 MB/s [ 941.9 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 20.132 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 27.887 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.569 MB/s [ 138.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.165 MB/s [ 40.3 IOPS]
Test : 1024 MiB [H: 0.8% (56.2/7451.9 GiB)] (x3)
This review is from: HP PROBOOK 6450B Notebook - I3 2.27Ghz, 2GB 160GB, No Webcam - Windows 7 Pro
Pros: Laptop was packed well for shipping and arrived in excellent condition. Bought refurbished before and there were always some issues with condition but not with this seller. Item looked nearly new and worked well. Early generation I3 with 2 cores and 4 threads. Great laptop for the price. Excellent for everyday use.
Cons: Not really any cons at this price but touchpad did not work until I updated the driver. 2gb Ram will slow you down.
Other Thoughts: I had to update the touchpad driver with version 7 -- version 1 was installed and touchpad buttons did not work. Not a scratch or mark on the laptop - nice. A lot of HP Enterprise bloatware - not really bloatware but built in security and software management for central management of laptop configuration. Removed McAfee and the HP business apps that are not needed. Was still thirsty for RAM and only 110mb of 2gb was available after boot and loading services. I added 2gb of Elpida DDR3 1333 - same as memory HP uses in these laptops -- and now running 4gb in dual channel mode. Big improvement in performance.
Be advised, this comes with the original Windows Professional that was installed when new. It takes a while to get all the updates from Windows update and then you have to install SP1 for Windows 7 Pro. Took several hours to bring the OS and drivers up to date.
Pros: Was looking to upgrade my mb on my FX 8350 to run crossfire. Motherboard has all the features I was looking for and bought it on sale with a rebate. Great board for AM3+ upgrade with 4 ddr slots, USB 3.1, 3xPCIe, 6 SATA, supports FX8000 and FX9000 series processors
Cons: Never received the rebate. Status showed it was processed and I would receive by July 3rd.
Other Thoughts: To be fair, I have bought many MSI products with rebates and MSI has always come through and honored the rebate. Don't know why MSI would chance losing a long time customer over a $20 rebate on a high end $150 motherboard.READ FULL REVIEW