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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs probllems with USB connection 05/15/2012

This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable Hard Drive (Silver)

Pros: 1TB, USB powered, back-up software.

Cons: This would be a great little drive if not for the unreliable connection via the strange (proprietary?) connector on the device. My PC sounds like a pin-ball machine as the drive mounts and unmounts itself repeatedly. I have yet to find a position in which the drive will stay connected for more than a couple of minutes. USB 3.0 is fast but you cannot do a complete back-up of any size with this degree of flakiness.

I bought it to move files between linux systems at home and work. After a few minutes of pin-ball on that OS, it gave up and reported that I needed to fix it using a PC (the format is NTFS). I am in the process of doing that now. Interestingly, although the activity light is off and the USB connection is lost from time to time, the "Check Disk" operation appears to continue in spite of it.

Other Thoughts: ...looking for RMA instructions.

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YAMAHA RX-A800 7.2-Channel AVENTAGE Series A/V Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Be careful! It is discounted for a reason! 12/09/2011

This review is from: YAMAHA RX-A800 7.2-Channel AVENTAGE Series A/V Receiver

Pros: Excellent audio quality, tremendous number of input and output options

Cons: Buggy as hell! In the morning, I use it primarily for HD radio. Over the course of an hour the radio will start "skipping"-- repeating the same ~250 msec sample over and over until I intervene. I have to either change channel and/or power cycle the unit. This happens every day after about 20 min of air time. Today, I couldn't change the channel and the remote would not power down the unit. I had to use the front panel power switch.

There are also issues switching between "scenes"-- for example, HD radio listening and cable TV viewing. In the evening, when I power up and switch from radio to HDMI, there is no audio and nothing I do will activate it. I have to power cycle the unit and *then* I get my TV audio.

Other Thoughts: I am using the firmware that came with the unit. Although many have suggested that a firmware update will solve a lot of problems, it states in the manual (online, of course) that my firmware version does *not* require updating. Well, I have endured this nonsense for 6 months; I am going to give it a go. I will report back on whether is did any good.

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Eric S.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric S.

Date Joined: 08/30/06

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  • First Review: 12/09/11
  • Last Review: 05/15/12
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