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Rosewill RDDO-12001 Rigid aluminum casing and internal plastic shield 2.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Toaster!
Easy to add or remove drives.
Screwless

Cons: Difficult to configure.
Documentation and website are useless.

Other Thoughts: I recently picked this hard drive toaster up on Shell Shocker as I upgraded the drives in my NAS and didn't want the old drives to sit around uselessly. I had hoped the setup would be a snap, but as so many computer things, there's always a gotcha. A couple of things to consider before purchasing this product:: If your eSata controller does not support port multiplication (most don't), you will only be able to use a single slot when connected via the eSata cable. If your SATA hard disks are currently configured in IDE mode, this product will not function. It won't beep, it won't error out, it just flat won't detect, even via usb. You have to switch to AHCI mode in the BIOS, which, if you aren't prepared ahead of time (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci -> Start key = 0), will render your windows system unbootable. Changing your system from IDE to AHCI will almost certainly force your copy of Windows to reactivate, and has the fun side effect of making your hard drives ejectable. Fortunately I had a spare USB 3 card around, as USB 2.0 speeds are unacceptable for this type of product, but if you find yourself without spare ports and wish to use both slots, you might think about picking up a controller card the same time you purchase this product. Also, when I added this product to the chain, the BIOS reorganized my boot sequence; just something else to watch out for!

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HGST Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Second drive seems pretty solid. Got all the data transferred and Windows 7 boots without issue.

Cons: First drive was DOA, so with shipping it wasn't the super deal it was the first time. Drive actually dropped from 6.3 to 5.9 on Windows Experience swapping from a WD Green!

Other Thoughts: I've had very good luck with Hitachi drives over the years, guess this was law of averages.

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Foxconn nt-A3700-0H0WBANA AMD A45 (Hudson D1) 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon HD 6320 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs Win7 x64. Plays Diablo 3. Attaches to the back of the monitor.

Cons: As with all of these models, runs on the hot side and the first thing you should do is pull the heat sinks, clean the surfaces, and apply a little "Unicorn Blood." Also, it helps to tighten down the heatsinks out of order (cpu, gpu, then the front of the heat sink).

Other Thoughts: This is the second of these I've purchased, very happy so far and thinking of a third. They seem to be getting harder to find; I hope they are just rolling into the next line and not stopping production. Wish it handled a second memory slot, as the four gig limit is a bit of a pain.

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Michael B.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 02/05/02

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 11/23/05
  • Last Review: 04/26/14
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