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Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Huge Drive with Good Performance 09/15/2016

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black

Pros: Huge amount of storage! Fast data transfer with USB 3. The drive itself is very light and quiet. The drive case has a pleasant appearance, which is nice if you plan on putting it on your desk. The drive does not get excessively hot (> 50C), even with extensive use. It comes with a 4 foot USB 3 cable.

Cons: Perhaps the only real negative is the fact that it is a little bit expensive, although not for a drive of this size. 8 GB is on the high end of portable drive capacity. The other thing is that it is a 3.5” form factor drive, meaning it needs an AC adapter, unlike 2.5” form factor drives, which can be powered from the USB port. One additional minor complaint is the AC adapter itself. It will almost certainly take up more than 1 spot on your surge suppressor/power strip (up to 3 on mine).

Other Thoughts: I used the drive to back up every computer in my house, and it functioned perfectly. On computers with USB 3, data transfer was super fast. USB 2 is a little slow, but that is not the fault of this drive. With a USB 3 connection, I was able to back up some computers (including a full drive image) in less than one hour.
In benchmarking, the drive compared well with internal SATA drives when plugged into a USB 3 port, and the temperature never exceeded 45C. High drive temperatures have been somewhat correlated with premature drive failure. Of course, putting the drive in an enclosed space with no air circulation would make it run much hotter.
Overall I would say that this is a really nice portable hard drive and I would recommend it, mostly due to its massive capacity, portable size and excellent performance (fast and quiet).

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Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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Pros: The drive is very slim and lightweight. The height is only 7 mm. The drive interface is 6 Gbps SATA and the cache is a hefty 128 MB. The price for such a large drive is very reasonable. Performance is good overall for a 5400 RPM drive, likely because of the large cache (see other for benchmarks).

Cons: The main con is that the drive runs at 5400 RPM which makes random reads and writes very slow. Also a 2 year warranty is short by today’s standards, which makes you a little worried about reliability. Many other brands have warranties in the neighborhood of 5 years.

Other Thoughts: The drive runs very quiet and cool while under load. In my testing (Crystal Disk Mark) the drive had very good sequential read and write speeds, 138.2 and 138.7 MB/s respectively. Random read speeds were relatively slow at between .55 and .61 MB/s, while random write speeds were more respectable at between 1.4 and 1.5 MB/s. The sequential read and write speeds are excellent because of the large cache, however, the 5400 RPM spin speed shows it’s weakness with random reads and writes, where the cache is less helpful
In a month of use the drive has proven to be fast, cool and quiet. I installed the drive in a Dell business laptop and was able to install Windows 7 in about 25 minutes, which is on par to a desktop install. Even though the drive is only 7 mm, I was able to install it no problem in a standard 9.5 mm drive bay.
Seagate offers a self-encrypting drive in the same series if that is important to you.
The real test will be to see if the drive is still working a year or two from now.

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Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: The price is great for a large capacity, high performance class 10 microSD card. I’ve been using it in my Samsung tablet for almost a month with no problems. The previous SD card failed, causing me to lose my game progress in several games, including PAD (ugh). As you would expect, it comes with an adapter for legacy SD devices and external readers and laptops.
The lifetime warranty is nice. You would think that a card with zero moving parts would last forever, however, as I mentioned, I have had a microSD card fail before (different brand).

Cons: While it claims transfer rates up to 85 MB/s, this is only true for read speeds. Write speeds are much slower. That being said, it is still fast enough for real-time 1080p and even 4K transfer in HD video recording devices.

Other Thoughts: It is a surprisingly good card considering it is not a big name brand. I was getting read speeds around 40 MB/s and write speeds in the 10-15 MB/s range, however my equipment is a little on the older side. I do think that read speeds close to advertised are possible with this card, and 85 MB/s is extremely fast… in the ballpark of the original SATA hard drives. Write speeds are a little disappointing, but satisfactory for real world applications.
The SD adapter worked fine in an external card reader.
All the media I tested played perfectly from the card, including 1080p video.
The one unpredictable intangible at this point is longevity. I could only test the card for 30 days because of review limitations. The big test will be to see if this card is still working to spec a year or two from now.

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