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Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Have bought several of these and have not had a DOA or any of them fail yet. Read/write speed not great but is still not bad.

Cons: I cannot copy between these drives. After a few files they drop offline. Never had a problem writing to or from an internal hard drive. I don't know if it is a problem with these drives or my USB interface. I contacted Seagate support and they could not give me an answer.

Other Thoughts: The plastic case makes them run hot. I take them out and put then in a fan enclosure. I broke the USB connection on one of these and removed the drive. I found out that if you want to make these an internal drive Windows will not let you initialize as GPT. MRB only lets you use 2 TB. My son was able to initialize and format it for me on his Linux system and now I can get the full capacity.

XIGMATEK CCA-EMFCB-U01 4 in 3 HDD Cage Extra Hard Drive Bay
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Sturdy construction, efficient cooling. Very good vibration isolation.

Cons: Can be a real pain to install drives. the rubber grommets fall out very easily and are difficult to retrieve because the outside holes are so small. You have to shake the cage vigorously and when they do come out they can go flying. Best way to install the drives is to first remove the fan. Then you can reach in from the front and try to keep the grommets in place. As the drive gets to each pair very gently wiggle it back and forth. I found a little vaseline helps. The holes to install the screws are small so I put a little super glue on the tip of the screwdriver. You could also use a magnetic screwdriver.

Other Thoughts: You have to wonder if the person that designed these enclosures ever actually installed drives in them. If they did they surely would have seen how frustrating it can be. Changing the shape of the holes for the grommets would help a lot. Also the sides could be much more open instead of the small screw holes so you could hold the screws in place as you put them in.

SanDisk Ultra 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ48-064G-A46
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Read speed is very good. I get close to the 80 MB/s that is advertized.

Cons: I read the reviews before I bought this and several complained about the write speed. I bought this anyway since capacity was really all I was concerned with. Turns out the reviews were right. Write speed is pathetic. I can only get around 10 MB/s. I have had USB 2 flash drives that wrote much faster than that.

Other Thoughts: The advertizing for this is deceptive. "Ultra-fast performance up to 80 MB/s" They should have mentioned that was only read speed. You would assume from that it would write at least as fast as a USB 2.


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Display Name: John S.

Date Joined: 01/07/09

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  • First Review: 04/07/13
  • Last Review: 06/07/14
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