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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs More than just a backup 07/27/2014

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Gives the ability to save and upload to and from Flickr, Facebook, and Youtube.
Give the ability to save from mobile devices.
5TB of space. Simple Backup plan(s)
Easy to use Dashboard to make it all work.
I love the way it lays flat instead of vertical, I love how the LED light is toward the back of the drive and not the front and I love how you can shut it off if you want to. I love how it seems to be a lot cooler than other drives I’ve tested. All in all, I am impressed with how well this works.
I normally don’t use these for backup drives because it’s a pain to manually move things to a drive and I never liked the software that came with other drives. This one however is simple enough that I’ve decided to leave it as a backup drive instead of my first thought of making it a DVR drive for my HTPC. I never went past half on my 3TB drive, so there really isn’t a need to go larger. If it wasn’t for the social media part of the software, I’d think this backup drive was no different than any other, but Seagate has made a very good impression with the dashboard software!

Cons: It takes a few minutes for the dashboard to recognize the 5TB drive. You’ll need to see Backup Plus Desktop 5TB and Cloud under storage devices before you can access a lot of the functions. Info, Manage, and Support will show up when you click the drive after it shows up. Manage is where you can turn off the LED light. Click the Home button to access the backup plans. It’s a good idea to select files so you can check or uncheck other drives and/or folders in your computer that you want or don’t want to backup! You have complete control once you learn where it is! At first I thought the software was buggy and flawed, but you just need to open it and give it a few minutes. Then it works like it’s supposed to. Keep in mind how many files a 5TB will hold and remember it’s not an SSD. It’s not going to be lightning fast, but it does just fine in comparison with other HDDs.

It may take a few minutes to backup your mobile device as well. It doesn’t work in the background, so you’ll want to stick with it till your initial backup is complete. Then it’s just a matter of syncing the few photos you take here and there.

Other Thoughts: This is a great way to sync photos with flickr but I already had another method and over 30GB of photos. I’ll continue to use that method, but this would be a great feature for someone who is just starting out or has no other means of syncing their photos with flickr.

I am glad to have it sync my facebook account though! You can disable whatever you don’t wish to use, one or two or all three. I’m not using YouTube now, but I think I’ll give it a go down the road!

Don’t be fooled by ANY drives (USB 3.0 up to 4.8Gbps speeds) advertising.
That is the possible bandwidth for USB 3.0. That does NOT mean the drive should transfer at near 600MBps. You will be sorely disappointed if you even think that for a second! You will need to read the rated speeds for ANY flash drive, SSD, or HDD and only aim to reach those speeds. A simple Update to your Chipset drivers may improve your speeds, but you can’t expect what the drive itself isn’t capable of doing. And some manufacturers don’t always share the max possible speeds of their drives. To me, this drive isn’t any faster than any other USB 3.0 HDD I’ve used. It’s on par with all the others.

Capacity: 5,000,972,681,216 bytes - 4.54TB
Please research how Hard Drives calculate their storage space before you think you were swindled out of almost half a TB of space! My first computer was custom built and had a 300MHz Celeron with an 8.4GB HDD and they’ve been calculating the HDD space the same since I started with computers way back then. You’ll notice your memory will show a little more, so let that make you feel better. You should really know this if you are going to put your knowledge down as 4 or 5 stars!

SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-MTE500BW mSATA TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The very low power consumption, the great price, and connection types and storage choices got my attention with Samsung SSDs.
At a fraction of the power over the other brands, with equal or better performance. I had to give these a shot. I got a SATA 500GB SSD as well as one of these mSATA and the both have been as perfect as you can imagine!

Unlike other brand SSD, my SATA worked in many different enclosures without any problems. USB 2 and 3. I throw this out there because other brand doesn't care and if you had to deal with them because the drive you got didn't perform like a SSD should (2+ minute reboot times) then this bit of information is important to you.

The Samsung SATA I got replaced other brand (The 2+ minute reboot time 512GB SSD) and the Samsung fixed all issues and ran beautifully! I'm back to under 20 seconds now.

The mSATA I gambled on because I never used one before. I'm tickled to say it was just as beautiful and it as well fixed all the problems other brand (When I bought the 512GB SSDs from other brand, I got 2 of them and both were horrible)

If you've played with SSD drives and know you need Windows 7 or above (No Tweaking Required unlike previous OS) and you know about putting it in AHCI mode and you know how to use the search engine to get help if you need it, then you shouldn't have any problems with this brand. (User Errors and Computer Guy errors, maybe, but the drives gave me no problems.)

Cons: For this mSATA, I have no complaints. Laptop manufacturers should include a screw for when you use this slot, but they don't always do that. So I understand those that didn't have a screw handy, finding that to be a con. I had a screw and didn't need one. (I'm one of the lucky ones, I know!)

For the SATA version, there is a lot of wasted space in the case! I seen one of these taken apart on the net and They could easily fit 3 maybe even 4 TB worth of chips in the same little case.

I look forward to seeing 4TB SSD drives!

Other Thoughts: AHCI mode needs enabled. (If you forget about this, like I almost did, then this tip is for you.)

If you clear your BIOS (Accident or on purpose) then you may need to disconnect this drive to get into BIOS and re-enable AHCI. My motherboard thought a nice little button in the back would be a convenience so you didn't have to remove battery, play with jumper, etc. to clear the bios! And when I was trying to plug in my Fiber Optic cable and thought that little button was the hole it was suppose to plug into! It took me a half hour to trouble shoot my "Opps!" and get back up and running!

If you got stuck with a horrible drive (And you know this because you've tested them (Because you got more than one when they were on sale, and the issues happen in more than three different machines and a bunch of other brand SSD drives don't have said issues) and need a REAL SSD drive to impress you.

This should do it. (I'm saying this after using 3 different brands in my HTPC and all were SATA connections. The laptop that took this mSATA is a first in using an mSATA and it just worked as great as the SATA. Just smaller and leaving the SATA bay for another SSD.)

EnGenius ECB350 High Power (29 dBm) Wireless-N and Gigabit AP/CB/WDS/Repeater with Network Management Software
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The range is great. It reached every corner of our property and started to lose strength in the neighbor across the streets back yard. I turned around and came back home at that point. So it makes a great AP that covers a large area.
It looks good, I like how you can shut the LEDs off once you got it up and running, and I like the PoE so you don’t have to use yet another plug if you got the ability to send PoE.
I like the Traffic Shaping option in the Wireless Advanced Settings. It is a great option for those with limited bandwidth. Make an SSID and passphrase, limit it to 10 percent and make another for yourself and put it at 90%. Enjoy streaming your videos!

My old router setup as an AP did not give me coverage in our sheds near the back of our property and having a laptop or tablet down there is a great commodity when you need the internet to look for help on something. I was really excited to hear this offered twice the range. (Or more, because it took me all the way to the neighbors across the streets backyard to lose a bar on my iPod! That was only through one wall though, so that may have helped.)

Cons: Not easy to setup. It’s about as difficult as setting up a spare router as an access point. Everything was going great for the first week, but I had the same “Great Signal, No Internet” problem someone else had mentioned. I went to the Schedule setting and made an event to reboot everyday at five in the morning. (I hope, I assume it would use Military Time since it didn’t have AM or PM). Hopefully that will prevent any loss of internet from happening in the future!
I hate how I have to put it on a PC, change the network adaptor to and enter the subnet mask just to get into the configuration. I really don’t want this thing acting as a router (AP Router is a must for remote access) because I want my router that supports the 5GHz band and the new AC standards. I get 30Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 80Mbps on the 5GHz band. (100-110 if I’m in the same room as the router)

The device was designed for professionals. There isn’t any education in the settings, no tips on which setup does what, which would best suit your needs, and such. If you don’t know if you want a Client Bridge, AP, AP Router, Client Router, Repeater or WDS AP, WDS Bridge, or WDS Station, this won’t help you to determine what you want or need. You’ll have to research each function and weigh the pro’s and con’s of each and go from there. I just wanted a good signal down in the shed so when I’m working on something and need the internet for help, I can use my tablet down there and not have to drop what I’m in the middle of and run up toward the house. I choose to use this as an access point with the same SSID and Passphrase so I wouldn’t have to do anything special.

Other Thoughts: The management software (For when you have more than one of these setup in a network) looks pretty slick, but it is useless if you only have one of these. I held off as long as I could to really test this, because I’m not at all impressed with ease of use. I am really impressed with the distance and performance. (Providing the scheduled reboot daily prevents future malfunctions of “great signal, no internet” that we got a week after running. It may have very well been caused by setting the IP settings to Auto instead of trying to figure out what I should put in and possibly reserving that IP in my router.)

A little more work into this product and it would be a great grab for end users who want better signal all over their property! A setup wizard couldn’t hurt, and setting tips and uses would be really awesome! I understand this is meant for professionals and to use in commercial applications, but why not cater to the millions of other potential customers as well? These two tips would probably cut down the need for customer support too! If a setup wizard suggested a daily reboot since I’m using Auto for my IP Settings, I wouldn’t have ever seen a problem with this device. (Hope I won’t down the road)

I also understand the Save/Reload part of this GUI as if you had to watch that reboot happen each time you changed one little thing, it would make you hate it. However, with all the reviews I’ve read, don’t you think that everyone is onto something here? A message box letting users know their settings have been accepted, but need to be applied to complete the process could go a long way! Thanks to the previous reviews, I set out to look for what they were talking about and even THEN it took me a bit of looking to see it up there under Status . Save/Reload:

Given a choice, I would probably want their better model that supports the 5GHz band since I get better speeds, but with the wireless AC standard taking a hold, I’ll just use this for now.


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