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PHILIPS 4.7GB 16X DVD+R White Inkjet Hub Printable 100 Packs Spindle Disc Model DR4I6B00M/17
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Established company, known brand. Low cost per disk. Hub printable, with clear vivid images and text. 32+ burns so far and no coasters.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I make back up copies of the kids cartoons we bought, so they can ruin the copies with jelly toast and scratches, while I preserve the originals. I use printable disks because I want them to look as professional as I can.

Like I said earlier, I have burned over 30 so far and have no coasters or artifacts. No, I haven't watched every second of every disk, but if there was a problem the kids would let me know. I've always burned at half the max speed, and rarely ever have a coaster. And usually if I do, its not the fault of the disk.

I took a chance and bought these without any user reviews, and have had no regrets. I not only recommend then, but I plan on buying another sleeve before the price goes back up.

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SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I purchased this drive 6/2012 and thought I would do a follow up so far.

Cons: Samsung tech support is by far the worst in the industry. If you buy this drive, don't count on getting any warranty help with the drive, they will shuffle you around until you give up. Believe me, I know.

Other Thoughts: Now on to why I had to deal with Samsung tech support. About a year in, my drive failed to boot just like everyone else. A couple restarts later it came back but at severely reduced speeds. This went on for about a week, until one day nothing would make it boot.
So now I submit a trouble ticket to Samsung on their website. Nothing. I emailed them with my trouble ticket number. Nothing. I finally called and was told my ticket number didn't exist. After waiting on hold and getting transferred around, I finally got a tech guy who put me on hold and hung up on me. Called again. Got another ticket number and a bunch of things to try. Have a nice day. Things still didn't work so I emailed the tech guy at his email with my ticket number. Nothing.
I give up. So I pulled the drive out of my computer, cables still attached, with the idea of putting in an old drive and doing a restore. For the heck of it, I restarted my computer once more just for the heck of it. It worked, and my speed was normal. I ran it out of the box for a couple days without any problems, so I decided to put the drive back in. Dead again.
Anyway, it turned out that the SATA cable (and I tried several) does not seem to fit tight in the back of the drive and works loose. I bought a new SATA cable and put a bead of hot glue around the plug after I inserted it to keep it tight. It has been 7 months now and the drive is still working flawless at the advertised speeds.

Great drive still, but I will never buy another Samsung product again after the experience I had with their service.

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Rosewill RCAD-11003 USB3.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is an amazing little product. I have used it to repair computers and recover data unavailable by any other method. USB 3.0 makes file transfer fast. Never had it fail to read a drive, even some 15 year old drives.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Connect the power first. When the drive spins up, then plug into USB. Works every time.

When I first got this, my drives weren't showing up in Explorer and I thought the product was defective. I found out that if you use a lot of different flash drives, your computer assigns and reserves drive letters for these flash drives in case you plug them in again.
For some reason with this device
Win 7 has a hard time assigning drive letters if a few of the lower letters are being reserved for flash drives. So if that happens to you, use a hard drive utility like Paragon and manually assign a drive letter.

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Display Name: Jon H.

Date Joined: 06/04/02

  • Reviews: 25
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  • First Review: 04/06/10
  • Last Review: 08/24/14
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