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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-480G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Like all SSDs this one is fast. Other reviewers have covered the speed details. Mine works fine and I wanted to point out the OCZ software called SSD Guru. You download it from the OCZ site and it installs on your computer. It monitors your SSD and tells you all sorts of interesting things about it. The first thing I noticed is that my copy already has the latest (version 1.1) firmware installed, so I did not need to worry about updating it.

I would also like to note that this SSD is 7mm thick, not 9mm, so it should fit anywhere you can put a standard 2.5 inch drive. I appreciated the fact that the data and power connectors were strong and precisely made, so I don't have to worry about making a good connection without breaking them.

Cons: This drive does not come with screws or any other mounting hardware.

Other Thoughts: I love how SSDs are coming down in price. I assume they are getting more reliable as well, but I've never had a problem with any of the 7 or 8 SSDs I have had over the years. I plan to put this one in an older laptop workstation after I finish testing it in my desktop machine.

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HGST Deskstar NAS H3IKNAS40003272SN (0S03664) 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: These drives come in a retail box with molded plastic forms around the drive that appear to do a great job of shock absorbing. The drives are quiet, fast and barely warm if you give them a bit of a breeze. I ordered two and they work fine.

Cons: Wish the price were a bit lower, but even so they are a great deal compared to the competition. You do need to know how to format them to use the full capacity. That info is easy to find on the HGST.com web site.

Other Thoughts: I suggest going to the HGST.com web site and watching the video on how to safely handle and install hard drives. They say a lot of DOA drives are due to shock damage in shipping, but damage can also occur during handling by the person installing the drive.

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My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition 2TB USB 3.0 premium storage with style Model WDBEZW0020BCG-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is the prettiest hard drive I have ever seen!

It connects via USB 3.0 and works well with my backup software, Casper. The transfer speed according to Casper is 10 GB per minute.

Comes with software for encryption.
Comes with software for convenient backup on the drive or to the cloud (you need a Dropbox account for that.)
The USB 3.0 cable is 18 inches long, which I think is just right, but if you want a longer one, order it from Newegg along with the drive, the connector for the drive is a Micro Male B connector.

Cons: About 50% thicker than a typical compact portable drive. (I can't actually think of a situation where that would be an issue.) I guess they must have put an extra platter inside, but I can't find that info anywhere on the net. WD doesn't seem to offer as much technical info on their drives as they used to.

Doesn't offer Firewire or Thunderbolt connectivity.

You aren't supposed to use it above 95 Degrees F, according to the WD web site.

You will have to think up reasons to show it off to your geek friends.

Other Thoughts: This would be a great portable drive for a photographer or sales person who uses a portable drive when making presentations to clients. It looks like jewelry, but with Western Digital reliability. Might also make a nice gift for someone.

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Display Name: MICHAEL B.

Date Joined: 04/14/07

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  • First Review: 12/12/07
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