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Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Cheap
- High capacity

Cons: - Cheap
- Unreliable
- Poor quality (bad blocks a month after purchase)
- Total failure after less than a year

Other Thoughts: Only used this to store backups, but failed with bad blocks within 12 month. This was the last time I bought Seagate junk - reliable storage is just too important to just buy the cheap junk.

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Dirt cheap

Cons: Made in China - and you get what you pay for.
Slow, unreliable

Other Thoughts: This was the last drive I bought from Hitachi/HGST and most likely will avoid their new owner WD from now on as well. I had this piece of junk for about 2 years and then it just came up with a controller error from one day to the next. Of course no warranty coverage any more.

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GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI LGA 2011 Intel C606 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Stable, good overclocking options, nice bios menu, allows 64 GB of memory

Cons: usb 3.0 does not work. devices are not being recognized, sometimes fixed by reboot (not overclocked system), useless support

Other Thoughts: I would not buy it again. Spent $300 and am stuck with USB 2.0 because the 3.0 implemention on this board is buggy.

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Thomas R.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas R.

Date Joined: 01/18/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 02/28/12
  • Last Review: 07/15/14
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