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Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Under $90 for a 3TB is a great buy. WD HDD reputation. Systems recognized it and did the usual initializating, formatting, etc.

Cons: I consider this HDD from WD a DOA for me. Windows just would not format this HDD. I tried formatting it as a GPT and MBR, both failed. Since I planned on having this HDD as an internal 2nd drive and not a boot drive I thought the process would be a breeze. I got messages: Data error (cyclic redundancy check) and "Windows unable to format this drive..."
First install of this unit as an INTERNAL 2nd drive on my desktop with the following specs: CPU/RAM: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Watch/16GB; OS DRIVE/OS: SAMSUNG SSD EVO/WINDOWS 8.1 PRO 64-BIT "Windows unable to format this drive..." Second install of this unit as an internal 2nd drive on my laptop via eSATA Dell drive bay with the following specs: CPU/RAM: Dell Latitude E6420-I7 Intel I7-2760QM/8GB OS DRIVE/OS: PNY SSD/WINDOWS 7 PRO 64-BIT. After two days for frustration, time to return this HDD.

Other Thoughts: Rezing it to 2TB and 1TB using my licensed copy of EASEUS Partition Master did not help. Disappointed but it was a good try. I'll try another model 3TB from WD or from another OEM.

Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F120GBLS 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very inexpensive SSD sub-$60 cost. Flawless install on a Win7 and Vista Bus laptops. Read/Writes nicely on an STARTECH SSD cloner tray. Nice and very well protected packing. If I get my $20 rebate my net cost is about $40.

Cons: This Corsair SSD is my 4th branded OEM SSD drive and by far the slowest. Windows Performance Index is 5.9, same index of a traditional 7200-HDD. Passmark Overall Disk mark is only 1066. When compared with my older SSDs this 1066 is about 1/3 the disk mark of the others. Performance-wise, I do not consider this SSD to be a reasonable upgrade from a traditional 7200rpm SATA HDD. I own an INTEL, SAMSUNG, PNY(2) and CRUCIAL SSDs.

Other Thoughts: Thin, ideal for ultra-books. Practically all plastic body and no spacer or screws provided. Like my other SSDs, runs very hot and pushes the fan max thermal setting to the limit. Because of it's low cost it can be a nice entry-level "kick-the-tires" SSD just to see if my older laptops can handle SSD technology. NewEgg is my primary source for techie gadgets and this drive was purchased from there.

Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid Performance At A Great Price 06/22/2014

This review is from: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Tried on two laptops and success each time. Easy fit into two different laptops running Windows 7 Pro/64bit. Each time the Windows HD performance factor went from 59 to 79. On a practical sense, the OS loads so quickly that I'm up and running in just seconds. I completed my testing by moving large volumes of video files (80GB) using another laptop with an equivalent PNY SSD. The file transfer rate was very impressive.

Cons: Runs very hot...really hot. My laser point thermometer has a sustained reading of 120deg. But this seems to be the normal operating temp of SSDs, My other laptop with a PNY reads the same number. As a consequence, the laptop fan runs almost all the time. I've tweaked the power mgmt in the BIOS but the reads stayed the same.

Other Thoughts: I just need to get use to the heat and fan running. But as prices of SSDs drop I plan to upgrade to SSDs the remaining family laptops.


ERNESTO N.'s Profile

Display Name: ERNESTO N.

Date Joined: 01/16/07

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 05/12/13
  • Last Review: 07/02/15
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