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Pros: Fast when new.

Cons: There is a flaw in the TLC nand flash memory on these drives that causes the read speeds of old data to degrade to HDD levels after 8-12 weeks. People don't realize it because when you run a normal benchmark, most benchmarking programs create a fresh set of files to test against. So everything looks hunky dory. Problem is, your Windows or other OS files are written once when you install it, and as that old data ages the flash memory cell voltage drifts. The onboard controller cannot read the older data accurately and it causes it to slow way down. Do a search for a program that can read and benchmark older data, or all of the data on the drive and you will see what I mean. The manufacturer did a firmware update in October to correct this but it didn't work for a LOT of people. They are promising another update soon but people suspect it will be a bandaid to a flawed hardware design. I have two of these 250s and several other sizes with the problem. This manufacturer is trying to sweep this under the rug. The TLC memory in these drives is the problem. I would not recommend these.

Other Thoughts: Don't plan on using these in any kind of RAID either. Their magician software does not recognize drives in RAID so you're out of luck when trying the firmware updates that these drives will constantly need. You have to break and rebuild arrays to constantly refresh old data. Their is a petition to have these drives recalled.

StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5” SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great adapter, highly recommended 01/04/2015

This review is from: StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5” SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP

Pros: This USB3 / SATA-3 adapter is great for quickly attaching any 2.5" SSD/HDD drive to your PC. I did benchmark testing of four different SSDs and a HGST Travelstar 7200 RPM 1TB drive. The SSDs got up to 400MB/s read speeds and the HGST clocked in around 125MB/s. This adapter is able to saturate the USB3 bus speed so its as fast as you can get. I liked it so much that I bought another one to stuff the HGST drive in my laptop cooler for a permanent backup drive. There is also an activity LED to show you when it is working. This thing works much better than most USB3 drive enclosures and docks that I have.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: For the money you can't beat this adapter. The fact that they were able to stuff all that bandwidth into the cable is amazing to me. This is a must-have for techs or anyone who needs to clone 2.5" drives or for quicky backups. You could even slap a USB3 PCIE card in your PC and run this adapter if you are short on SATA3 ports.

Super Bright (15 LED) Wireless Auto PIR Sensitive Motion Sensor Activated Light - Black
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This light is cheap, compact and easy to install. Just put in some batteries and stick it in your cabinets that need light. Unit will trigger from motion of your body heat. It turns itself off after about a minute when you close the door or move away from it to save battery life.

Cons: Cool white light is not great for color rendering but still good enough. They don't stay on for long if you stop moving.

Other Thoughts: These are perfect cabinet lights. They turn on automatically when you open the cabinet and then turn off when you are done. I have been using these for over six months on the same batteries and they are going strong. Just make sure you place them on the wall of the cabinet so they can pick up your motion. They need to see your body heat as they use a PIR type sensor. My wife loves these and I will probably buy more of them.


Timothy H.'s Profile

Display Name: Timothy H.

Date Joined: 03/24/13

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 13
  • First Review: 11/11/13
  • Last Review: 03/27/15
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