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Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap price, a lot of storage.

Cons: Fails within a few hours just as I expected.

Other Thoughts: Immediately after installing the drive I began copying pictures and home videos to the new drive. About 7 hours into the copy the drive failed with over 10,000 bad sectors (according to S.M.A.R.T diagnostics) and a non-responsive computer. This is my first Seagate drive. I've never purchased a Seagate because I've heard it year after year that Seagate makes garbage and yet I went against my better judgement merely because the price was so good that I couldn't resist. Never again. This was first and the last Seagate drive I will ever buy. The RMA number has already been issued and a refund-- not a replacement-- is on its way.

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ASRock EP2C602-4L/D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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5 out of 5 eggs You need a special power supply, case 02/27/2016

This review is from: ASRock EP2C602-4L/D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

Pros: Very easy to setup. Motherboard layout is clean and the front panel connector was a breeze. Enough fan headers you will not run out. _All_ of the fan speeds are adjustable in BIOS.

Cons: 2nd 8-pin CPU power connector is required. Some cases might not support the SSI EEB form factor.

Other Thoughts: I was worried this motherboard would not work in my computer case. I was wrong. It's an In-win Dragon Driver full tower case, Extended ATX compatible. And guess what, the various holes for SSI EEB were already pre-drilled. Yes you read that I didn't have to make _any_ modifications to install this motherboard in my EATX computer case. Installing it was a breeze but holey cow it is massive at 12x13 inches. Since power supply only has one 8-pin 12v cpu connector the computer boots up just fine but without the 2nd Xeon. It's an older 650 W Thermaltake that I bought seriously about 5 years ago so its time to upgrade anyway. The manual for this motherboard says it is compatible with the 20 or 24 pin ATX power supply and will work with either the 4 pin or 8 pin 12V cpu connector. Sorry I can't tell you which power supply to use just yet because I'm still researching. The heatsinks I'm using are Cooler Master Evo 212's on the 2 Xeon 2670 V1 processors. Keeps 'em nice and cool. I'm very happy with the 4 extra SATA3 6gb ports on a secondary controller in addition to the 2 ports you get from the 602 chipset. As my RAID array is currently rebuilding at 150 MiB per second, I ran benchmarks on my Samsung Evo SSD. Sequential Read: 506 Sequential Write: 526 Random Read (IOPS) 51349 Random Write (IOPS) 46685. It will be much faster once I enable Samsung Rapid Mode. And finally, the cherry on the ice cream: I didn't have to reinstall my operating system. My Windows 10 installation just seamlessly transitioned to the new motherboard as if I had never even changed it. It was that smooth. I have not installed a single driver and I probably won't need to. Best upgrade evaAR!

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SanDisk 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Failed after 5 months, light use 10/30/2013

This review is from: SanDisk 2.5" 64GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDP-064G-G25

Pros: Speedy, cost effective. "With no moving parts, the SanDisk SSD endures shocks and vibrations better than traditional spinning-platter hard drives. It is rated at 4.1 million hours mean time before failure2 (MTBF), making it a smart long-term investment."

Cons: Sudden failure. I was in the middle of upgrading to Windows 8.1 when I returned to find that the drive could not be recognized after reboot. I've owned this drive for about 5 months.

Other Thoughts: It is advertised as being more reliable than a mechanical hard drive. I would have to disagree. I've experienced only one hard drive failure in my 20 years of home computing with a 7 year old mechanical drive.
I have the 512MB cousin of this drive in my home PC. Will be replacing it soon because I have no confidence anymore that Sandisk is any more reliable than a cheap knock-off brand. It's a shame really. I was really quite happy with the drive until about 30 minutes ago. What a hassle. The time I've lost is worth more than the drive. SSD is supposed to be reliable.

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Display Name: Daniel S.

Date Joined: 12/16/03

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 05/29/10
  • Last Review: 03/17/16
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