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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 8MB Cache 7200RPM SATA2 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Drive has tested out perfect with HDTune, HD Sentinel, Lifeguard, etc. Was put into place as part of a Raid 1 mirror.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have paid similar on the auction site back when I was considering used drives. For a few dollars, to get brand new, in my opinion is well worth it!

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StarTech Model IDE100RND24 24
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Continues to be a life-saver 04/26/2014

This review is from: StarTech Model IDE100RND24 24" Round ATA 100/133 IDE Cable

Pros: My older review is the one signed Richard E to the top right. I just used up my last one of these, and I will be soon buying another just as a spare. As I learn more about disk drives, and testing software, like spinrite, and hdsentinel, i am also learning more about SMART values. You can get SMART info from speedfan, in hex, or from HDTune in decimal - which I prefer. I noticed a C7 value, CRC errors, which I read about in wikipedia in the SMART article - and those are cable errors. I just did a bunch of spinrite testing, and my CRC values were increasing on my test computer secondary ide channel - and I thought it was a good 80 pin flat cable. I put on my last round cable - the one I am reviewing - and the problems disappeared.

Cons: Yes, the collars can be somewhat heavy, and you might want to cut them off. Lately I am not doing that, and they seem fine. One drive that kept disconnecting - I would boot up and it wasn't there - and I had blamed it on the heavy collar- that seemed to be a problem with that particular disk - the problem continued even with a change back to the flat ribbon, and finally I put a different disk in its place and no more disconnecting.

Other Thoughts: I only just recently learned about C7 CRC errors. You won't even see this in the HDTune health tab, unless you have one of the older WD ide drives - I own 15 ide 3.5" drives among various older towers, and a bunch of sata drives on two newer gaming towers. I have started doing spinrite testing on all my drives - I decided it's a once-a-year thing, to keep the drives refreshed. I also bought wd sentinel, and in discussion with the author, I am impressed by his approach, but I haven't evaluated it well enough. I do know, that you can't leave drives sitting on a shelf for years, and expect them to function - run them at least once a year, if not twice - a good run of several hours. Spinrite seems great for that.

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D-Link DES-1005E Network - Switches Desktop Switch
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs I'm buying my third - Super switch 01/22/2014

This review is from: D-Link DES-1005E Network - Switches Desktop Switch

Pros: I have owned two others - for more than a year. All are flawless. I was wondering the other day why I was getting more than 12 MB/sec Ethernet transfer speed, since 100 Mb/sec is 12.5 MB/sec - and I was getting 20. Just now in looking this up in my "supplies" wishlist, to get the same one I got before when I did all the research, I see that this is not just 100, this is 200. No wonder! I had forgotten that some of the 10-12 devices around here are connected to this switch, which I added to an existing 8-port 10/100 switch. The extra speed is great!

Cons: nothing wrong

Other Thoughts: I had done a lot of research initially - read a lot of Newegg reviews, which are extremely helpful - better in fact than google research. Then I put the product in one of my permanent wishlists - this one the "supplies" wishlist. That's easier than looking through past orders when I want the same great product again, like now.

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Richard E.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard E.

Date Joined: 09/09/07

  • Reviews: 25
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 04/08/10
  • Last Review: 11/05/14
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