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Seagate Barracuda ST500DM009 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Price! Excellent Choice! 09/22/2016

This review is from: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM009 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives Bare Drive

Pros: Cost effective for an SATA III 6.0 7200 RPM drive. Slim design measuring just over three quarters of an inch thick ensures it will fit in most all desktop cases. Runs cool and quiet under medium duty use for me.

For the price these are great drives for just about any machine. Would also work great for a small NAS setup, or even installed in a portable USB case for external storage if need be.

This SATA 6.0 drive is also backwards compatible with older motherboards with earlier SATA (II) 3.0 or SATA (I) 1.5 ports. However, the maximum speed of the drive will be slower due to the lower speed limitations of the port.

For those that may need some help when replacing/upgrading an older drive/system, check out the Seagate DiscWizard software available on their site for free. DiscWizard lets you quickly install your new disc drive with wizards that guide you through the processes of creating and formatting partitions on your disc drive, transferring data, and backing up your data. On Seagate’s web site this software can be found under the Support/Software & Apps section along with full instructions.

Seagate also offers two larger drives in this Series, the 2TB 7200RPM with 64MB Cache, and the 3TB 7200RPM with 64MB Cache. At these prices its worth spending a little more for the larger capacity drives they offer, so check them out if you need more storage space!

Bare drive comes UN-formatted and ready to set up, simple plug and play. Firmware Version CC46, and has a 2 year warranty.

Cons: NONE!

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Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Price! Fast Flash Drive! 08/19/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: For an inexpensive portable storage solution, the Blaze Series Flash Drives work great! Four sizes to choose from 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

Simple press and slide to extend the USB plug which securely clicks in place for connecting to a USB port when ready to use. Press and slide again to retract the plug. Plastic construction and light weight.

A RED led lights up for visual indication when the drive is being used so you know it is working with just a glance. Came formatted with FAT 32 and has a lifetime warranty.

I tested by writing multiple 1GB files, and with various other sizes with no problems. Drive does not heat up with heavy use from what I can see.

Connected this flash drive to my routers USB 3.0 port loaded with some videos/music, and set it up as a DLNA device shared on my network to test with streaming music and videos to various devices. It worked well for streaming directly to my TV and tablets if you are streaming only one device at a time.

Works with televisions or DVD players with USB ports and is great for viewing or playing music/pictures/videos directly from the drive! Played fine on both USB 2.0 and 3.0!

Various flash drive speed testing tools averaged around 35MB/second reading speed, and 30MB/second writing speed. No two computers are alike, so speed tests will always be different from machine to machine!

If you go to their website they also offer various software and mobile apps. Some are free, and a few may be useful to some people!!

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: For the price this is a great flash drive, and would work as a boot drive with an operating system installed if you have the need. Of course it will never be as fast as an SSD drive, but there are plenty of uses for this flash drive!

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BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router
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4 out of 5 eggs High Quality Build Design with Great WiFi Range! 08/03/2016

This review is from: BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: Nice solid build quality, and can be wall mounted. Nice features/options under advanced mode within the UI which is fairly easy to navigate. USB 3.0 Port in the front, and a USB 2.0 Port in the back which supports NAS Function (with some limitations) and Printer Sharing. Has a USB eject button for safely removing your USB device.

With the three-way switch located on the bottom of the unit you can quickly switch into different operating modes; Router, Access Point, or a Wireless Bridge to extend your network. Power button located on back of router which makes it simple to shut down when not in use without having to unplug it!

Removable side panel contains default setting info for SSID, Key, WPS Pin, and MAC Address if needed. Inside the removable panel is a removable card that contains the same info, as well as the default Security Type.

I tested the wireless signal against my WRT1900ACS and the wireless signal was much more powerful with this router when tested on multiple wireless devices. All three antennas are 2.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz combined.

Built in Web Filtering is supported by Norton Connect Safe with several blocking levels that can be activated with just a click. Under advanced settings within the UI are more settings for also blocking specific sites, or blocking specific devices on your network from having internet access.

Priority Control QoS settings allow media prioritization for streaming HD movies or online gaming. Eco Mode feature allows scheduling the WiFi to turn on/off at different times on a weekly schedule.

While this router does have a few limitations for setting up a USB NAS drive it still works well. With a drive formatted to FAT32 and set up for sharing on my network, multiple movie files streamed from the USB drives with no issues.

I also hammered on this router by streaming video from various sites to multiple devices at the same time while gaming on my PC and all data flowed with no issues, and no stuttering with streaming movies. Keep in mind this will always be dependent on your specific internet speed package that you have!

Cons:
Only comes with a quick setup manual which is probably fine for those that do not care about all the details. The full user manual can be downloaded on their site under the support section.

As others have mentioned, the USB NAS portion is limited by only recognizing FAT32 which is kind of a downer for those that have very large files they would like to stream or transfer on their network if using this feature.

Other Thoughts: FIRMWARE INFO:

Arrived with Original Shipping Firmware Version 2.30, released on 03-31-2015.

Latest Firmware Update: Version 2.37, released on 11-30-2015

Network USB Navigator Utility can be downloaded from their site for either Mac or Windows O/S.

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