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Seagate ST500LM000 500GB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Overrated - not anywhere near SSD speeds 04/09/2015

This review is from: Seagate ST500LM000 500GB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop Thin SSHD Bare Drive

Pros: Faster than IDE (that's not saying much). Good GB/$ ratio.

Cons: Far slower than SSD (advertised to be "as fast" as SSD when booting). Data transfer caps around 100MB/sec. This is comparable (or slower) than a standard SATA drive.

Other Thoughts: Pretty disappointed in the performance of this drive. Yes, it will be faster than your typical slow 5400RPM laptop drive - but the SSD-hybrid aspect of this is a gimmick that does not translate into better performance than a good quality 7200RPM sata drive; and no where even close to an SSD drive.

I would not normally compare it against SSD, but Seagate's marketing does - so this is on them. I own 7 SSD drives of various makes/models and this only has at best, 30% of the performance (my slowest SSD is 300MB/sec, fastest breaks 500MB/sec)

If you use this, the larger performance impact would be going from IDE to AHCI mode (be sure to read precautions before making the change in the BIOS & registry).

SAMSUNG D3 Station 5TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Not for Windows Backup, but good otherwise. 03/31/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D501TDB Black

Pros: Large capacity, fast.

Cons: There is a known issue with Windows Vista, 7, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2; they do not work well with drives over 2TB. You can get SOME WD drives to work, but no Seagate. I would assume Samsung would have an issue as well. it has to with the low level formatting on these large volumes.

Other Thoughts: Don't be mad at Samsung. It's a Windows issue, believe me, I've already run Microsoft through the wringer on this epic failure on their part.

ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Basic, works. 01/31/2014

This review is from: ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works as advertised. Cheap!

Cons: Can't change multiplier for K series CPUs. No USB 3.0. Pretty basic stuff; Questionable support.

Other Thoughts: ASRock did not return multiple attempts to reach their support.


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Display Name: John W.

Date Joined: 02/15/01

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/28/12
  • Last Review: 08/18/15
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