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Pros: Well, I can't say I'm disappointed with the health and reliability of these drives. I took them out of the box, plugged them in, and away they went with no issues. Like other reviewers have stated: The drives probably come from some server farm that was branded by Dell, and they are tested before being allowed to be sold.
0 SMART Errors on ANY of the conditions that matter, which obviously makes sense if they're reselling them. The only values that are high are Power On Hours, and the 2nd highest is Power Cycle Count. But the 2nd value is WAY lower, so you can definitely tell these drives were powered on 24/7 in some sort of server for about 3 years.
They worked great on my system for what they are! No complaints here, using them just for some basic movie storage on a home server.
Cons: I only have 1 con for these drives, and it's coming from the perspective of power savings.
These drives are obviously OEM branded by Dell, which could possibly mean that the firmware inside the drives are modified to Dell's standards.
My drives were definitely modified in the Power Savings category somehow because I just CANNOT get these drives to spin down after 10 minutes no matter WHAT I try. Every drive in my 8 bay enclosure powers down after 10 minutes, and guess which 2 drives stay on? These.
I did notice however, that they DO go to sleep, but probably about 40-60 minutes. I'm thinking more like 60. They completely ignore my power saving time and just do whatever they were programmed to do in their firmware, which is annoying. And I've tried, EVERYTHING, to make them sleep including going into advanced power management areas and setting internal-drive-standby times myself. Nothing.
Other Thoughts: Besides that one gripe for me, they're solid drives and I actually feel confident that I could trust these drives if I ever needed to store important information on them (ALWAYS back up your data somewhere else anyway).
If you're not too concerned about power saving with your own time limits, just get these drives. They're a great deal!
Pros: Big storage.
Cons: I bought 2 of these drives in 2010 with the expectation (back then) that drive manufacturers surely would be on top of their game and not give users problematic drives anymore. I mean heck, hard drives have come a long way, haven't they? Boy, was I wrong.
After a few months of use, one drive started growing in Reallocated Sector Counts steadily over the next few weeks, which turned into months, which turned into years.
It's now 2014, and drive 1 is at 185 Reallocated, and drive 2 is at 104. Granted, they're still working, but they are REALLY degraded as far as speeds go now. I would never trust these drives for important storage.
The problem with these drives seems to be wide-spead, as a quick google search of this model takes you on a journey of posts about people saying this drive is horrible. It definitely comes down to CERTAIN drive models with Seagate being bad, as I have 2 other Seagates (not this model) which work okay (with the exception of one drive which has an End-To-End SMART error now) and were also purchased in 2010.
Regardless, this made me not trust Seagate anymore. I'm using these two drives as movie storage on a Plex server just to store movie downloads, so I'm not really bothered if the drives die. I could always redownload the movies.
This review is from: PNY XLR8 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSD9SC240GMDA-RB
Pros: You just can't go wrong with this drive! Switching from a mechanical drive to this as my main OS drive was like night and day. It made my system feel like every part was upgraded!
Cons: Can't think of anything.
Other Thoughts: At 240GB, it's a little on the low side for heavy creative usage, so just bear that in mind depending on what you intend to do with your system.
As with any Solid State technology, frequent writes degrade the drive over time. Make sure your system is configured the proper way to handle SSDs; especially Windows 7.
Make sure your system is configured in AHCI mode, and make sure TRIM is enabled. If these are working, your SSD will be very happy!