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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Long Term Review - Still running after 4.58 YEARS! 04/17/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I never do reviews. Who has the time? But I will for this. This samsung turned out to be a good one. It's fairly fast as 750GB drives go. It's quiet. Runs cool. It has advanced audio management, NCQ, etc. At 88% full the read speed is only 58MB/Sec. Write is still 89MB/sec. Hmm. Odd.

Anyhow, I've had it probably since 2009. Its been a light use drive. It was, for awhile, a primary boot drive (with heavy use). Then it was relegated to a storage drive that has been occasionally accessed for media (very light use). The S.M.A.R.T. STATUS shows that the drive has been on for a total of 40,144 hours (thats 1,672 days or a total of 4.58 YEARS!). Power on count is only 969. So the drive is left spinning most of the time. No raw errors. No reallocated sectors count. All good.

It's now being pulled from my AMD FX 8-core rig and will be used as a primary drive for someone else. Lets see how much longer it will last. I will try to an update if it doesn't die within the next 6 months.

Cons: I have my hard drives set to go to sleep after 20 minutes of non-use. For some reason the past few months, when the drive is in sleep mode, it takes a long time to wake up. Other drives spin-up, click and ready to go. This one spins up, clicks then you wait and wait. Possibly 2 or 4 minutes before the drive is accessible. Minor complaint after 4.58 years.

Other Thoughts: This is not the typical lifespan of a hard drive!!! I GOT LUCKY! I had another Samsung 1TB F1 hard drive that died within warranty. Fortunately, the drive gave enough warning signs for me to realize it was going bad (died within the 1 year warranty). I was also able to recover 99% of the data and send it in. I was issued a REFURBISHED drive. Samsung apparently DOES NOT give you a NEW drive if yours fails.

MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very fast - SILENT (in my Antec P182 case) Perfect mate for a High-End AMD/Intel Dual Core or quadcore CPU. This card in a case with good ventilation is SILENT. Did ya hear me? SILENT! This is a SUPERB card. I have read some reviews about the thermal-paste-GUNK on the bottom. No doubt true, but if you dont want to fuss with an Uber-Expensive GTX or break your wallet, THIS IS THE CARD TO GET!

Cons: Takes TWO slots? Is that a con? You should make sure you have good ventilation/room in front of the fan and I am SURE this card will be SILENT for you! Enjoy!

Other Thoughts: I originally purchased the regular MSI 8800 GT Over Clocked Edition with the standard Heatsink+fan version which took up a single slot. I sold that card and picked up this one. That OTHER card (single slot one) was VERY loud when in games. It'd wind up and scream like a JET after 2 minutes in a game and I have a huge ANTEC P182 BLACK CASE with everything but the CPU and mobo in the top of the case (4 hard drives and PSU are in the bottom tunnel completely sealed from top compartment) and it was STILL loud - mind you this was the ORIGINAL FAN+heatsink design. This 4-Heat-pipe version of the card (TWO slot design) is superb and cant be beat except by maybe another card with a clunky water-cooled design or something. This is the off-the-shelf silent card to buy. Couple this with even a modest AMD X2 4200+ CPU and you're set! Make sure you've got 2GB of RAM for Vista or XP and you wont be disappointed!

SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model SDCZ6-4096-A10RB
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Cruizer 4GB - Retractable USB 12/19/2007

This review is from: SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model SDCZ6-4096-A10RB

Pros: FAST! Easy to use. Works as advertised. I am using this with Windows XP PRO. Goodbye CD-RW and DVD-RW (ABANDONED THEM!) Economical. FAR FASTER than the fastest recordable CD or DVD disc - no coasters to worry about. Once its copied - its there. Done and done.

Cons: U3 Launchpad adds a layer of complication and can be confusing for some. I recommend: UNINSTALL (instructions included). Actual formatted space is LESS than 4GB, true space is 3.8GB with FAT32). I wish they had 16GB drives THIS FAST and at this price! The U3 Launchpad gives a FALSE WARNING about disconnecting the drive before "Shutting down" properly. As long as you dont rip out the USB drive BEFORE a file transfer is completed - you are A.O.K.

Other Thoughts: I had been using ReWritable CD-R's and DVD-RW's for the longest time. Sometimes to transfer a small 4MB file, other times a few GB. I got frustrated building PC's and having to work with multi-session DVD's that would be unreadable after awhile. I WAITED TOO LONG TO BUY A USB DRIVE and its so much easier. This also can be used in some in-Dash Car Stereo's that have USB connectors for music. Think of the potential! ;-) Question: Can anyone look up the Read/Write Cycles for this unit? Flash Memory DOES have a FINITE life.


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Display Name: JUSTIN L.

Date Joined: 04/28/06

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  • First Review: 12/19/07
  • Last Review: 04/17/14
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