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SilenX IXP-54-14T 80mm Case Fan
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Super quiet, good airflow. Long lasting--not so much 12/01/2011

This review is from: SilenX IXP-54-14T 80mm Case Fan

Pros: Super quiet. The quietest 80mm fan I have ever owned. Good airflow for the fan size and noise level.

Cons: I bought two of the non-thermistor version of this fan (IXP5414). They both failed in 2 years. One completely stopped turning. The other developed a loud wobble/vibration sound. They supposedly have a 3 year warranty, but it seems like it would be cheaper, faster and easier to buy new fans with free shipping rather than pay to ship the failed units back.

Other Thoughts: My review is for the non-thermistor version.

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVE 250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache PATA 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Largest PATA laptop drive available when I made my purchase. 320GB version should be out soon!!!

Cons: Runs slightly louder and warmer than the 160GB drive it replaced. Warmer temperature was consistent with the WD power consumption specs.

Other Thoughts: For everyone experiencing the Windows boot failure with the flashing cursor:

The problem may be with your BIOS. To use this drive as a single volume, both your BIOS and OS must support 48 bit LBA. Microsoft has service packs to add 48 bit LBA to Windows.

A lot of people upgrading from a smaller drive will ignore the BIOS requirement. Since it's an upgrade from a smaller drive, everything will typically fit in the first 137GB on the drive. Everything seems to work fine. As the drive fills past 137GB, things usually still work fine. The problem occurs when you run Windows update, antivirus update, or update a driver. Some of the updated sectors may be relocated past 137GB. Windows can see and read the files, so everything seems okay. The problem occurs at reboot. The BIOS will not be able to see sectors beyond 137GB. Result: blinking cursor.

Solution: Upgrade BIOS or partition drive into two volumes with the boot/OS volume <137GB.

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Rosewill RX81US-HT-25A-BLK Aluminum / ABS 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs I liked it enough to order two more 12/09/2008

This review is from: Rosewill RX81US-HT-25A-BLK Aluminum / ABS 2.5" SATA eSATA & USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Sturdy one-piece aluminum body with plastic end caps. High quality finish with a rubbery feel.

Cons: I experienced the endcap bulging mentioned by other reviewers. A few gentle raps to the top/bottom of the case allowed everything to snap into place and the bulging disappeared. When using eSATA, power is derived from a single USB connection. USB spec limits current to 500mA whick might not be enough for some HD's. To avoid brownouts, I use a separately purchased wall-wart 5V power supply when using eSATA. The circular connector plugs in to the case where the USB power cable would plug in.

Must use all 4 included screws in HD to keep HD electronics from shorting to aluminum case. Instruction manual doesn't mention this. HD will rattle inside case unless you add a few pieces of electrical tape as a gap filler.

Other Thoughts: eSATA is really fast.

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Steven F.'s Profile

Display Name: Steven F.

Date Joined: 05/18/06

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 08/29/08
  • Last Review: 12/01/11
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