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RiDATA Valor 25GB 2X BD-RE Inkjet white hub-printable 50 Packs Spindle Disc Model BDRE-252-RVIWNCB50
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: No coasters (so far)
Inkjet printable

Cons: None; knew I was getting slow discs
Takes 1-3 hours to write to capacity

Other Thoughts: These are perfect for data backup. If you want to throw a disc in and quickly burn a movie, look elsewhere. These are the kind of discs that are better suited for burning overnight or while you're watching a movie.

It does NOT take long to format these discs. Based on other reviews, I was expecting a long time. It takes no more than 2 minutes if you have Windows 7 or higher and only need the discs for data (i.e. drag and drop) via UDF format. You right click on the drive in Explorer and just click format. It may take longer with a commercial burning application, especially if you are burning video. Other issues may arise, which may explain some of the negative reviews, but so far I've had errors and no coasters.

I previously purchased 2 spindles of Memorex (15-pack) and to my disgust nearly HALF of all discs were bad. These RiDATA cost about the same yet they are inkjet printable, re-writable, and I get 20 more discs. The speed is super slow but I knew that and am fine with it since I am just using the discs for data backup.

Well worth the money, would recommend and buy again

memorex 25GB 6X BD-R 15 Packs Spindle Blu-ray Recordable Media Model 98683
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Unfortunately....awful 05/17/2014

This review is from: memorex 25GB 6X BD-R 15 Packs Spindle Blu-ray Recordable Media Model 98683

Pros: Price

Cons: Coasterville
Waste of money
Should've listened to the other reviews

Other Thoughts: I rarely give bad reviews but this product warrants it. I've been a longtime Memorex user but this time they have truly let me down. No wonder these were on sale.

So far I've had nothing but coasters, regardless of file size, write speed, burning program used, etc. I previously burned 2 of 2 Verbatim Blu-Ray at DOUBLE the rated speed with ZERO problems. I can't even get 1 of these to work at LOWER than rated speed.

I am using a LG burner with Windows 8.1. I can understand maybe one bad disc, but all of them so far? At this point I would be happy to just get one good burn. I guess from now on I will stick with Verbatim discs.

AVOID. Not worth the trouble.

SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Good price
Lots of space
3-year warranty
Unique power plug that includes several adapters for European outlets etc.

Cons: Not 5-year warranty. Remember when most hard drives had 5-year warranties? Now it's premium.
Drive specifications for 4TB model not listed on either Samsung or Seagate's website.
The price of large capacity hard drives has been rapidly declining in recent years, especially with competition from SSDs. I expect 4TB drives to cost ~100 by Black Friday.

Other Thoughts: Didn't use the pre-loaded software; prefer using BitLocker and my own disk management program. Hard drive has a Mac driver on it if you're interested. Moving 12GB file from one external USB 3.0 drive to this one, average transfer rate was ~130 MB/s.

I've been holding off on buying a 4TB drive in hopes that price would drop on enterprise versions. I originally planned to wait and build a NAS/RAID array using internal drives, but unfortunately my external Seagate is biting the dust and I need to save my data asap. Surprisingly, despite this model being "backordered," I managed to get it at the advertised price and within reasonable time.

Drive is sealed in box in sealed plastic, so you know you're getting a brand new product. For those who want to know, this drive is manufactured by Seagate. The spindle speed is 5900 RPM. My guess is that it is a packaged Seagate Desktop HDD.15 model (ST4000DM000), which seemed to fare well in Tom's Hardware benchmarks. So far everything is working great. If you can pay less than 3.4 cents per gigabyte then you are getting a good deal. Hopefully this will last a long time.

Will update review if I have any problems.


SEAN B.'s Profile

Display Name: SEAN B.

Date Joined: 04/06/10

  • Reviews: 25
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  • First Review: 04/12/10
  • Last Review: 05/24/14
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