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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black
Pros: I bought two of these Seagate 3TB drives at an awesome Newegg price and immediately removed the drives from the enclosures after reading several very helpful reviews here.
I highly recommend the Rosewill RX-358-U3C enclosures which I purchased from Newegg, they work just great with this model hard drive while providing very good cooling for it.
At the time of purchase, Newegg had the lowest price I could find for this model drive anywhere, factory enclosed or for the OEM model drive inside.
Cons: The Seagate engineer who designed this death trap of a drive enclosure should not be allowed to work with anything more complex than Duplo Blocks or anything sharper than a beach ball.
The supervisor who reviewed and green lighted this enclosure design should sign off his work in Crayon as a warning to others.
There is no way to adequately cool this hard drive in it's original enclosure unless you have a large fan directly blowing in to the small holes on the bottom of the enclosure. There are no holes at the top of the enclosure to allow trapped heat to escape via convection cooling.
Heat is the silent killer of hard drives and this drive WILL fail due to the enclosure's horrible design and lack of proper ventilation if it just sits there on the desk without forced ventilation.
Other Thoughts: Buy the drive and toss the enclosure, consider it extra packing material to put in the recycle bin.
Removing the drive from it's enclosure will void your warrantee but do you expect them to last forever? Back up your data on a regular basis because no matter the brand, make or model, ALL hard drives will eventually fail. It's never fun when a drives fails but if you have a backup of the data on that drive, it greatly reduces the sting.
I have purchased at least 8 RX-358 series drive enclosures from Newegg over the years and they have been absolutely great. The first one I bought many years ago still works just fine today with regular cleaning of the fan.
As for Seagate, we'll see if this new 3TB drive stands the test of time, if it dies, it won't be due to the Rosewill enclosure it's housed in.
When I had originally posted this review, Newegg staff had interpreted my review as a plea for help and to their credit, they were quite willing to assist me and issue an RMA for the drives and / or give me a refund. I'm happy with my purchase and plan on keeping them. With proper cooling and not being bumped around, I expect years of service from these drives.
I deducted 2 eggs, no fault of Newegg but for the horrible enclosure design.
This review is from: Optical Quantum 25GB 6X BD-R Inkjet Printable 25 Packs Disc Model OQBDR06WIP-H-25
Pros: Printable to the hub. 25 to the package.
Cons: 15 out of 25 bad disks in this cakebox returned Track Following Error after being inserted in the tray. A 60% failure rate is unacceptable. My cost on these is now $3.00 per disk. :(
Other Thoughts: I will not be buying Vinpower / Optical Quantum disks again. Time to look for a different brand. I purchased a package of N82E16817607056 and they work without failure but I needed a printable surface and was willing to pay slightly more for them but not that much just so I can print on them.READ FULL REVIEW