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SAMSUNG D3 Station 2TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Attractive package, light weight will need a flat surface, does not show finger prints. Comes w Software, has MAC driver to write to NTFS drive. Comes formatted NTFS.
So far it appears to be "quiet" and no vibration that can be heard but if you pick up the enclosure you can tell its spinning. Temps are what I would say is normal for this two platter spindle HDD. LED light on face of enclosure is a bit brighter than I would like it but it blinks when it either reading or writing and is on solid when not doing this ...
What you have is a Nice 2 TB 6 GB SATA 3.5 inch HDD for $20 bucks less that what is currently Retail on this drive,

Cons: Comes w extra International plugs, no power switch, Short USB 3 Cable. Comes w software ! Secure unlock for windows. Samsung Drive manager, "portable SecretZone". Mac Driver, Samsung Drive Manager and User Manuals in all the languages of the rainbow.

LED light is a little to bright for users who have Theater systems this will be a negative and no adjustment to reduce this unless you and a series resister to drop the voltage. ( But that voids the warranty cause you have to open the case.) So if this is in a Media Center area make note of this or have some colored Tape to place over it - suggest a Green Translucent tape.

Other Thoughts: The USB cable as many have pointed out is short. And many users have had issues w attaching this HD to the front USB 3.0 ports and getting the HD to work well. Rear ports appear to work better but then the short cable limits this usage.
Using rear port USB 3 - HD Tune V 2.55 shows this at 37 MB/sec to 43 MB/sec; access time or 12 ms w a burst rate of 40 MB/sec.
Could be the cable.. not sure if this is "normal" as I do not know if they are still using the ST2000DM001 drives in this enclosure.
Do be advised that External USB HDD enclosures use a "encoder" on the USB interface so if the drive is taken out of the enclosure you cant read it...also if this interface fails you need another encoder from the same USB model number to read the data on the drive if the Drive is good.
If you going to do that then remove the HDD from the enclosure first then use the HDD as an internal HDD. Of course you can wipe the drive and make it fresh.
When plugging in the USB 3 Mini cable connector use care to inspect how your doing this as the shield on the female end in the HDD enclosure was a bit tweaked not sure if this is by design or cheap connectors being used in CHINA.
Over all its a good design and worth keeping the case for other uses if your taking it apart and using the HDD for an internal unit or in a Raid Array.

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TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5GHz 450Mbps, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Like I said - Works OOB for a Mac (hackintosh) no kexts needed - plugged it in and turned it on and presto the Mac see's it as a Air Port Extreme w Wake on LAN and Air Drop supported. Can't test it for Air Drop as I only have one HACK.

It sees both N and G bands. - Does work in sleep mode When wake up happens.

Very Small circuit card - half height w 3 antenna - has half height bracket.

Comes w software but not for Mac. For Windows 8 you will need to download the drivers from their support website as current inventory of these cards do not have the drivers on the cd for W8.

Cons: This item always cost WAY to much - their is a Rosewill unit that has the same chip - Atheros 9380 and Three Antenna's - but as I needed to be sure that this one would work in a Hack environment w OSX 10.8 and 10.7 out of the box - that made me choose the TP-LINK WDN4800.

Do pay attention as to where you can install this card as my Mother Board had only one exposed PCIe 1x slot to use. Which is between the fist GFX card and the CPU Heat sink - this space is rather tight.

This placed the 3 antennas in the middle rear of the chassis.

So you would want to point this end toward your Routers antennas.

Other Thoughts: Seems to be A Ok - getting about 300 to 400 KB per sec. It can see both my G and my N networks (Mac).

As stated this card is rather small and the antenna can be placed in the middle of the rear of the PC - this can be a problem for antenna being behind the CPU Chassis which can be a problem for signal reception.

This card could support extended antenna's ( stronger signal strength or DB ) also you can get a remote antenna that has 3 larger (DB) gain antennas. If you want to get stronger signal.

For Mac (Hack) if you have a wireless card you need to remove it and then delete it from the System Preferences - reboot - to clean out the network table that mac uses. install card - reboot reset Wireless settings - I can log into the Apple App store w this card.

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Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Raw storage 2TB - HTFS formatted to about 1.8 TB
3.5' inch format - kinda light in weight. Have it mounted in a Fractal Design Case - fits ok in tray.

Came in a box not OEM - screws and cables nothing special.

No Knocking or rattling noises from inside the box or the drive.

Powered on ... sounded ok, no major noise issues - you could say it was almost quiet - no grinds .. Did not run any tests. Format OK w W 7. Have it as a 2nd drive after my SSD - set it up to hold my user directory in W 7 Also to install Programs on it
Speed good - on a d sata 3 port will never double sata 2 transfers - as its a rotational mechanism it cant be all it can be but its better that the old sata 2 rate at transfers.

Over all it appears to be ok but as users and posters have mentioned - that overall the drives before the flood and the drives prior to the Samsung buy out were better : Then as always Samsung "sammies" have been my favorite. Oh Well Progress.

Cons: The logic board is a little short in length may cause issues w enclosures IE Raid box's may not fit well enough may cause drive to back out from connector tension.
Has a very small vibration when running -place finger on edge of drive housing and feel int - it is isolated on 4 rubber feet by the case drive holder.
its made guess where. "spoiler alert" in a country with the largest worlds population,
As these mechanisms will be around because we will never see really large SSD's drives to replace them
It would appear that these manufactures would want to have the product reputation of these HD's higher.
But if we compare the results of the reviews the percentages are not their - so that means their claims are misleading and they are claiming higher percentages of success than what our sample pool is telling us in these reviews.
I am sure we ( the reviewers) must be all wrong in this assumption. But I do hope that the last two remaining major players in the hard drive industry get the message
soon and begin to make better products that last longer than the shorter warranty periods they now offer! Other wise cloud computing looks a lot more promising to me for home use. As you only need large drives to store your stuff on.

Other Thoughts: Now this exact unit was purchased from another source - office supply company if you need to know add "S"+" tables" = answer.
That one was made in Thailand cant tell you which is better yet
This one will be added shortly

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Display Name: John A.

Date Joined: 08/10/07

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 08/15/09
  • Last Review: 07/01/14
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