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Vantec EZ Swap 4 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Looks good, tray works smoothly. It's held up to many swaps in the 2 years I've owned.

Cons: Included fan on my unit is junk, very low quality. Was fine initially out of the box but in a very short time became very noisy. I actually removed it for a bit because it's not really needed in my case but the onboard controller isn't happy when one is not plugged in. I could spoof it but I haven't yet. Instead I keep rapping on the unit when the fan gets all noisy which shuts it up for awhile.

Other Thoughts: Every Vantec item I own or have purchased, and that's a lot of them, has an issue of some sort. Far better quality control is needed. Up the QC, charge a couple more bucks. I'd rather pay a small amount more for something that fulfills what I'm getting it for, and not for just the first week.

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Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Bought 2, used in RAID1 setup. Lasted 3 years, if anyone considers that good.

Cons: Very slow drives. Shortest lifespan I've had out of any WD drive in the past decade with the exception of a couple that failed very quickly, which is preferable. One of the 2 I bought has failed in my mirror setup. No SMART warnings, no RAID warnings, the mirror just started failing. 2 year warranty? Apparently I overlooked that or gave the benefit of a doubt given my history with WD drives. First Greens I bought, will never buy any again as they clearly have only a 2 year warranty on these for a reason. A big disappointment in terms of speed as well as reliability.

Other Thoughts: One could argue I got life out of this but I'll argue that this life is poor, very poor. On top of that for whatever reason the drive gave no indications of failing via SMART warnings or any alerts on the RAID setup which is highly unusual. Luckily I lost very little since this is in a mirror but it did cause some breakage of the mirror even though the other drive is still okay at this point.

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Pros: Reliable. I have both a 32 GB and an 8 GB DTSE9 and they've both been reliable for a couple years or so now.

Cons: Very, very slow. I have both a 32 GB and an 8 GB DTSE9 and the write times are so slow. Takes a great deal of my patience to wait out a write on these.

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Robert M.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert M.

Date Joined: 10/21/02

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 02/22/16
  • Last Review: 02/24/16
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