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This review is from: HP USB 2.0 External CD/DVD Writer Model dvd1270e LightScribe Support
Pros: It's quiet and relatively fast. I think only a USB3.0 and eSATA interface could be faster. I'm using this unit as a portable drive for laptops and PCs. No driver issues whatsoever, including Vista. I bought this HP to replace my 8-yr old LiteOn with LigthScribe technology. I can burn LightScribe DVDs but this process is sooooo slow because of the artwork I used on covers. The tray open/close operation is quiet and gentle and does not "throw" the disc off the tray.
Cons: The LightScribe operation is very slow and the enclosed NERO 9 ESSENTIAL operation is not intuitive. But because I've used LightScribe on my LiteOn before, I managed.
Other Thoughts: If I can find another one discounted priced like before I'll buy another.READ FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW