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ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4SB-1 Full Metal 4 x 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I was immediately impressed with the solid construction of this unit. The drive cage and sleds are solid metal and don't feel cheap.

It easily mounted in a 5.25" bay, but I couldn't use the tool-less mounting rails from my computer case because they interfered with the drive sleds. The unit does come with shallow screws that allow the cage to be securely mounted without affecting operation of the drive sleds.

I put 9.5mm thick laptop drives in the sleds, and there's plenty of room for thicker drives. The sleds fit nicely and latch securely in place. The sleds don't lock, but my house isn't exactly a high security environment.

This is a nice solution to get some extra storage in a case with limited drive bays.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have pretty large exhaust fan on my PC case, so I turned off the fan on the drive cage. The faces of the drive sleds are perforated, and I can feel pretty good airflow at the front of the drive sleds.

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SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive is relatively cheap as SSDs go, but is big enough for a primary OS drive with all your applications. I trust Samsung parts, and they make all the main components of these drives themselves.

I haven't done any real benchmarks, but I will say the overall performance of my Dell Vostro 3350 is noticeably better. The Windows performance rating on the disk speed is 7.9 (max score).

Newegg was awesome, as usual. Order shipped next day, and free shipping arrived 2 days early.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I cloned my existing Win7 hard drive to the new disk using WinPE. The Intel RST software caused me some initial problems - after booting to the Win7 desktop the system would freeze. I assumed it was a driver issue because when I booted in safe mode everything worked fine.

I didn't want to re-install Windows from scratch, so to fix the problem I had to use the device manager from safe mode to remove all the Intel related chipset and storage devices. Then I rebooted and uninstalled the corresponding Intel software from the control panel. Instead of re-installing all the Intel software, I downloaded and extracted the latest Intel drivers, then installed just device drivers by using the device manager with "Update Driver Software" for each unknown component. After all this, my laptop is stable and fast.

I also replaced my wife's laptop drive with one of these. There were no issues with that replacement - just cloned the drive and all was well. The performance difference on her laptop was also significant. Windows is just much more responsive for all tasks.

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Drives were packed in individual boxes with molded plastic to protect from damage during shipping. I bought three of these and none were DOA. Transfer speeds seem pretty solid - I'm running raidz (software RAID5) and have seen over >180MB/s from the set with each drive posting ~350 IOPs. I have over 700GB used so far and scrubbing the zpool returns no bad blocks.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've always had good luck with Seagate drives. I have a pair of Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS drives that are coming up on 5 years old and have never had a problem. Knock on wood!

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Display Name: Chris S.

Date Joined: 07/15/06

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 07/19/06
  • Last Review: 09/21/13
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