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SanDisk Extreme 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ80-016G-A46
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Further (and final) Thoughts 08/31/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Extreme 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ80-016G-A46

Pros: See Other Thoughts

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Odd. Everything I noted in my previous posts was correct.

However, I decided to reformat the drive once again and afterwards all of the S.M.A.R.T. data came up showing 100% (as new) with no retired blocks.

Additionally, the data that was previously showing the new replacement drive had only 95% life left is now showing it has 100%.

Finally, after the second reformat, the drive now benchmarks to factory specs and no longer outperforms them.

SanDisk has informed me that they only replace defective drives with new ones -- so I am at a loss to explain the original S.M.A.R.T. data and the significantly better-than-spec benchmarks (which I ran/confirmed several times), but it seems that after reformatting the drive (twice) everything is normal.

This is a strange anomaly, but SanDisk has been very accommodating so I felt I should give them the benefit of the doubt.

So as of now -- no complaints.

(In fact, I just purchased the 128GB Extreme version.)

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: > Great drive for the money
> Reliable
> Fast

This is the fourth Seagate Barracuda 1TB drive of this model I have purchased for myself, and I have used it in a number of builds for friends. It's a great drive and I have never experienced a single failure.

While some have experienced DOAs and failures (as can be expected with any mechanical device, irrespective of brand), Seagate says that a large percentage of the drives returned to them test fine when they inspect them. So far, my experience with this particular drive has been great.

I would even consider purchasing a refurbished version of this drive but there is only a few dollars difference in the price and the new ones come with a three year warranty verses a one year warranty for the refurbs.

One reason I keep coming back to this particular drive is its performance which, while not approaching SSD performance, is excellent for a hard drive.

Using ATTO benchmarking software I measured Sequential Read speeds of 194.830 MB/s and Sequential Write speeds of 191.484 MB/s.

Using CrystalDiskMark benchmarking software I measured Sequential Read speeds of 208.7 MB/s and Sequential Write speeds of 189.1. 4K Random Read speed was 0.747 MB/s and Random Write speed was 1.308 MB/s.

This is outstanding performance for a hard drive and I have measured similar speeds on all of the Seagate 1TB Barracudas I have tested.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: The drive arrived in a box packed inside of a very heavy/thick bubble sleeve/pocket and had additional standard bubble wrap around the sleeve. Packing was very good.

A note to those who might use this drive for System Image backups: Because this drive is 7200 RPM, and has very high storage density, it can create a System Image ~35% faster than the Western Digital 1TB My Passport Ultra drives (and also the equivalent Seagate external drives). In my own situation, the WD 1TB Ultra external drive takes 14:30 minutes to create a System Image of my desktop, while the Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" drive does it in just 9:41 minutes using a USB 3.0 connection (of course, you do have to supply 12V power to the Barracuda as USB supplies only 5V).

I ordered a Rosewill RX-358 U3C powered enclosure to house the Barracuda and it includes a 12V power supply as well as USB 3.0 and eSATA cables. Connecting the Barracuda directly to a SATA connection (rather than USB 3.0) results the System Image being created about 25 seconds faster. It's not particularly portable, but it's fassst.

For $54.99 (on sale) you would be hard-pressed to find a better drive for the money.

Highly recommended.

Vantec NexStar 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice Product For The Money 07/14/2014

This review is from: Vantec NexStar 2.5"/3.5" SATA to SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Storage Adapter - Model CB-SATAU3

Pros: I have purchased several powered SATA to USB 3.0 transfer cables in the past year and have not had good luck with any of them. One operated fine with a 2.5" drive, but the power supply didn't have enough "juice" to power up a 3.5" drive.

This Vantec NexStar appears to be an exception. I have had it about a month now and have used it a number of times with both 2.5" and 3.5" drives and SSDs and have experienced no issues whatsoever.

I first used it to create a system image (74.4GB) of a Samsung Pro 256GB SSD on a 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM SATA 6GB drive, and it made the image in 7 minutes and 31 seconds. As a test, I connected the same Seagate drive directly to a SATA 6GB connector on my computer and it made the same system image in 7 minutes an 2 seconds.

Cons: Fairly minor.

The power switch is located almost directly in the center of the power cable which I find a bit odd (why not locate it closer to the SATA connector?) but it's not enough of an issue to dock it an egg (if you need the power switch closer to you, simply plug the wall wart into an extension cord).

Other Thoughts: The (wall wart) power supply cable is 62" long and the USB cable (attached to the SATA adapter) is 48" long. It's a heavy duty cable, but it is long enough so as not to be inflexible (it's 0.19" -- or 4.5mm thick -- or about 2/3 the thickness of most modern SSDs).

There is a red LED that lights up when you turn power on. The SATA connector "case" is about 2/3 the size of a deck of cards and about 80 percent as thick.

It's a fairly simply unit but the construction appears to be sturdy and it has worked fine so far. If you are looking for a powered SATA to USB 3.0 transfer cable, this one is decent for the money.

I would recommend it to friends.


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Date Joined: 11/26/12

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