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This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation Axis 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HD-LB3.0TU3 Black
Pros: Was a good price, with USB 3 connectivity and 3 TB of space. Bought it 6/21/12 for a tower computer I was assembling for my wife.
I connected it to my wifes computer (USRock Z77 based) on a USB 3 port and she used it for backup of her desktop and portable over the wired network we have.
I did not install any of the supplied software and she just accessed it under Windows Explorer under Windows Pro 64bit.
Seemed to work fine, and has about 1TB of info stored on it
Cons: A week ago she complained that she couldn't see the drive on Windows Explorer. I looked in Devices and Printers and saw the device, but it was down in the other category and not recognized as a mass storage device.
I moved it to a Lenovo W510 portable with USB 3.0 port and Windows report the device was not installed correctly. Lenovo does a good job of updating drivers, so I was surprised.
I put it on my desktop (same config as my wifes) after updating BIOS (which did have some USB compatibility fixes) and it was not recognized on USB 3.0. However, it was recognized on USB 2, so at least I can grab the data.
Other Thoughts: There might be some interplay with McAfee virus protection because I got a windows message to restart my virus scan on the desktop. However, the portable has Norton on it and did not see a similar message.
A 3 TB drive is a terrible thing to waste. I will break apart this case, test the drive, and then install it in a USB 3 external drive enclosure. I am shopping on Newegg now - looking for highest rated.
Pros: I have installed three of these SSDs (256GB on my new build, 512 GB for wife's new build, and this upgrade) and love them. Boot is almost instantaneous. I play computer games and the loads saves are very fast.
Tom's Hardware site rated these the best performers of the current crop of SSDs. My Windows experience performance for disk jumped from 5.9 for the factory HDD to 7.9 for the SSD and with a memory upgrade the overall jumped to 6.4 limited by graphics.
Samsung and Norton did a great job of preparing thorough instructions for using Norton Ghost for this replacement and installing the hardware. I worried that the copied partions were F:, G: and H:, but when I pulled out the old HDD and put in the SSD, the boot went fine and the drive partitions were C:, D:, and E:
Cons: Only complaint is price. For the new builds of desktops I used the version without Norton Ghost and a bracket. That was $20 less. For my wife's portable upgrade, I could use the Norton Ghost I have (its uninstalled), but I can't find a bracket for the portable. The bracket is only a piece of rubber to hold the narrower SSD in place.
Other Thoughts: Others have said Norton Ghost does not copy the vendors hidden rescue and recovery partition and they used other software to copy it. Not copying that partition is fine with me for two reasons.
1) That is 10GB that can go toward the over-provisioning (unallocated space for garbage collection) that the SSD wants
2) In the past when I have tried to use a rescue partiton, it would not run because the portable was not the same configuration as shipped (I think I had added memory).
So, I made recovery DVDs from the rescue partition. The vendor had a procedure. I have put all the original replaced components (RAM and HDD) in the Samsung SSD box. If I need a clean install, I will restore the original components, do the recovery, and then do the Norton Ghost thing over again.
Pros: Kingston system specific design and therefore recommended for the W510 I have. Note mine is a 4318-CTO and Newegg only lists 4319 and above, but the Kingston site recommended these SO-DIMMs.
Factory had 2 x 2GB PC3-8500S-777 running at 1066 Hz. replaced with 2 x 4GB of this RAM and Windows experience number for memory jumped from 5.9 to 7.1
Other Thoughts: Searching around I found a Lenovo article that said order to populate slots was the lowest slot under the keyboard first. The factory had not installed that way, but I tried the lower slot under the keyboard. The memory was not found. I moved it to the upper slot under the keyboard and the second one to the left slot on the bottom. It works. I don't know what was going on here - bad documentation or bad slot, but this arrangement works.
I was a little afraid of removing the keyboard, but it was simple. You need a #1 Phillips head and apply a little pushing pressure on the keyboard after the screws are out.