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WD BLACK SERIES WD4003FZEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs What you should know when buying this drive 12/14/2013

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD4003FZEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: This W-D Black 4TB HDD is a wonderful product. If you use this product correctly and for the right purpose then you'll love it. However there is one limitation that is not widely explained nor understood so I'll explain that in the CON's section below. This drive was built for 6GB/SATA speeds but is backwards compatible with SATA 3GB and older motherboards only at reduced speeds but it will work.

Cons: Here is the following limitation you need to be aware of concerning hard drives larger than 2TB. Windows MBR (Master Boot Records) will not recognize any boot partition larger than 2TB. If you bought this hard drive to be your main hard drive which the Windows Operating System will boot from, the additional space over and above 2TB will not be utilized for boot drive "C". However that doesn't mean you will loose that extra space. You can go to W-D website and download a hard drive extender 'driver' that will allow you to initialize and allocate that additional space as a separate GPT hard drive that can be used as storage with it's own drive letter. It is best to purchase hard drives 2TB or less for your MBR bootable drives, and hard drives over 2TB for storage drives where the entire drive size will be recognized. If you use this as your main or only hard drive, the first 2TB can be used as boot drive "C", and the remaining space (with driver download) can be used as a GPT storage drive with it's own drive letter which can be "D" or another other letter you choose (but not "C") where you can move your music collection or video collection for example.

Other Thoughts: The extra step of going to the Western Digital website and downloading the drive extender 'driver' is a hassle but easy enough to do. The space over and above 2TB in MBR will appear dead but once you download the driver, it will allow you to initialize and allocate that extra space as another virtual hard drive so you get to use all the available space. If you use this as a GPT storage drive only, then the entire hard drive space will be recognized. It is best to use only a 2TB or smaller hard drives for MBR, then a hard drive such as this 4TB as a second hard drive as GPT storage only. The MBR is drive letter "C", the GPT can be drive letter "D" or another other letter you choose as long as it is not "C". The computer boots from "C" drive, but you can move larger files such as music and video's for example to "D" drive or whatever drive you assigned as your storage drive. Moving library files such as photos, music, and videos is as easy as clicking on library icon on desktop, then in the left pane where library folders appear, right click on folder you want to move and choose Properties. The click tab for location, then click box marked Move. Pick the storage drive letter you want to move that folder to then click Okay, click okay again on following prompts asking if you want to create new folder and okay again on following prompt. Click Okay on Properties box then the computer will move those files to the new drive and close Properties once finished with move. It's just that easy. Do not attempt to move Windows boot files, leave them alone on the "C" drive. If Location Tab appears in Properties box then those library folders and files can be moved. Just remember for future reference all library items which have been moved to new drive letter. If you use Windows Media Player or iTunes, it will need to know the new drive letter you moved those files to. Sometimes the app's will find those files on their own but sometimes you have to re-map to new location. All new files added to computer will automatically go to new location without further assistance from you. All this sounds like a lot but it's really easy and once you've tried it a couple of times it gets easier. Just remember, do not attempt to move any Windows boot files because doing so will prevent computer from restarting the next time. Leave those files alone on "C" drive.

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Plextor M5P Xtreme Series PX-256M5Pro 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works exactly as it should. This was my first venture into SSD's and I couldn't be happier. Just remember to only use SSD as your bootdrive. Get a large (1TB or higher) HDD for your storage drive. Move all your heavy files such as music, photo's, video's, program files, and all your downloads to the storage drive. Do not use your SSD for storage as it can slow down. Keeping your SSD as only a bootdrive means your machine will fire up in seconds every single time, unlike several minutes with HDD's.

Cons: Absolutely None

Other Thoughts: If you aren't sure how to install SSD's, how to add storage drives, and how to move your files, then check out YouTube and look up NewEgg and there you'll find lots, I mean lots of great 'How-To' videos for how to do it right. I've been building computers since late 90's, and with the newer technology, there are still things I don't know but NewEgg's YouTube channel gave me exactly the information I needed and it works like a charm. SSD's are great but only if properly used.

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Pioneer Black 15X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 15X Internal Blu-ray Burner BDR-208DBK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: With this Bluray Optic Drive, purchase and download Cyberlink PowerDVD-13 software, the full package. You will be able to utilize your new Pioneer Optic Drive in ways you've never thought possible. First off you must use software codecs to view video discs so splurge and get the best from Cyberlink. Second, their software can unlock features to make your experience a fun one.

Cons: None

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Display Name: JAMES B.

Date Joined: 01/10/13

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  • First Review: 10/31/13
  • Last Review: 12/14/13
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