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WD Re WD5003ABYZ 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Reliable disk for long term critcal apps.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have used these drives as the primary drive in LTSP servers for a number of schools in the Philippines and Tanzania. Some are up 24/7, others turned on and off regularly. No problems ever.
This is the only drive that I consider for the primary drive for my server builds even if it is more expensive.

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Silicon Power Touch 835 32GB Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF2835V1T
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good for some common tasks, but... 08/05/2013

This review is from: Silicon Power Touch 835 32GB Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF2835V1T

Pros: For larger files good read (30MBs) and reasonable write (8-10MBs) performance.
Small size but still easy to instert / remove.

Cons: Unusable for wrtie or read of many small files. Should not be used for OS backup.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this drive to install a bootable Linux OS and several very large files.This meant that there were many small files in many directories. Wirte time was horrific - the worst I have ever seen on a flash drive, even the 256MB antiques. It was virtually impossible to boot with with the drive. It took at least 5 minutes while the same boot with a different brand took 25 seconds. And that drive showed only half of the bulk read/write performance of this one.
After my extensive analysis I found that neither the type of filesysystem nor filesystem block alignment with the probable flash block size made any difference. Larger files were quite good, many small files were very bad.

So who cares? My attempted use isn't at all common.

After all,It has good performance if copying MP3's or photos. Isn't that what thumbdrives are meant for? Good thoughts, and itf those are your needs then this is a pretty good drive.

Buif you want to use this to make a backup of your Windows OS your problems will be just the same as I had. The write and read will be so slow that you will give up on it.

Consider this drive if you have the common uses for it. But if you have special needs look elsewhere.

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C2G 29575 Modular Cable Termination and Test Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Low Grade Product 11/23/2012

This review is from: C2G 29575 Modular Cable Termination and Test Kit

Pros: Basically Functional

Cons: Tester difficult to use.
Crimper has no effective means removing cable sheath.
Ethernet connector is slightly damaged by the crimper

Other Thoughts: This is a pretty poor kit. Each year I go to one or more schools in other countries to help them create a computer classroom, build many cables, train some people in cable fabrication, and then leave the tools. Over time I have used 3 different tools and two testers. I would have used my preferred if it had been available f before my last trip but they were sold out. So I searched my default online supplier, Newegg, and found this one.

This has been the lowest quality tool so far. Yes, it does crimp correctly but when the tool crimps it also smashes the clip flat. With careful prying with a thin knife the clip could be extended again but with much weakened spring.

The tester worked bu it was difficult to use. It only showed pairs rather than individual and flashed through the four lights in less than two seconds. It was very hard to tell if all pairs were successful.
The best tools that I have found at a reasonable price are Eclipse Ratchedd crimper tool and "Pro's Kit" Multi-modular cable tester.
Consider this set only if you must get it in a hurry and cannot find anything else. It'll work but you won't be happy with it.

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Display Name: Rene B.

Date Joined: 01/25/09

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  • First Review: 07/29/09
  • Last Review: 08/25/14
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