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TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 3 (6.0 Gb/S) 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: OK, after having 8 of these Toshiba drives in a RAID5 array, using an HPT 2720SGL card, I have had 4 crashes and array rebuilds during the last year. I had thought the drives were bad/going bad, but I finally figured out that the controller does not give them enough time to spin up from sleep when the computer running Win7 64-bit pro wakes up. So the controller usually flags drive 1 or drive 4 as "failed" and then wants to rebuild the array. AFAIK there is no way to program the controller to take more time during spin up. So instead of having Win7 turn off the hard drives, I just let them keep spinning. Cheaper than buying a better controller card!

Cons: None, seriously. I just ran the SMART diagnostic and all drives have the same # of reallocated sectors as when brand-new.

Other Thoughts: If I had some, I'd sell 'em for 1 cent apiece..

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HooToo® HT-UH010 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 2 Smart-Charging Ports for iPad, iPhone, Smart Phones & Tablets (Latest VIA VL812 Chipset, 12V/5A Power Adapter, 3.3ft USB Data Cable)
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: With 7 USB3 ports plus 2 charging ports (1A and 2.1A), this makes an ideal hub for those lacking one, say at the monitor. I do some video editing and I have an HD camcorder, a digital camera and an HD webcam and only 2 USB3 ports on the front of my tower PC, one of which is usually occupied with an external backup hard drive that I use for transferring files to other machines. So with this hub plugged into the back of the machine with a USB extension cable, I have 7 more ports available.

The 2 charging ports are great for a quick recharge on my phone and tablet, although not being able to transfer data means I have to plug them into one of the active ports afterwards.

This hub is about 2/3rds the width of the older version that had one charging port, and the ports are on the top instead of arranged along both sides on the older one. It also has indicator lights next to each port so that you can verify the connection is working.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: While a 4-ft USB cable would be handy instead of the supplied 3-footer, I would still need an extension cable for my setup, so not really an issue.

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HooToo HT-UE01 USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Network Adapter with 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I connected this to the front USB3 port on my tower PC (Asus P8Z77 mobo with a 3770K cpu) and within 15 seconds Win7 had downloaded and installed all the drivers, including the Ethernet driver. Couldn't have been easier.

I have an older C2Q machine in the same room, connected via 802.11b Wi-Fi to the network, so file transfers between the two machines is seriously slow for large files. The gigabit Ethernet-to-USB3 connection speeds it up tremendously, even compared to a wired connection via the Verizon gateway which for some reason is limited to 100 Mbps. This is much more convenient as well since I don't need to unplug cables from the back of the tower, roll it out and then plug an Ethernet cable into the port on the back. Not that I do daily file transfers, but still convenient and fast.

Since my monitor doesn't have a USB hub built-in, I'll probably wind up using this as a hub for plugging in my HD video camera as well as an HD webcam for videoconferencing. My computer desk is L-shaped with the tower on the far side, so stringing cables everywhere is not an option.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Ethernet indicator lights would be handy to make sure connection is established.

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Display Name: David H.

Date Joined: 05/03/12

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 05/21/13
  • Last Review: 09/09/14
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