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5 out of 5 eggs Own and use several pairs of the 2x4GB version. 04/26/2016

This review is from: Team Elite Plus 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TPD316G1600C11DC01

Pros: Inexpensive and work fine.

Cons: Many people buying SDRAM don't realize that it is important to match the timing and latency requirements to those of their systems. I see a lot of users who think buying "faster" memory is the way to go - simple answer - not if your system doesn't support it - LOL

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3 out of 5 eggs Won't turn on until computer tries to access drive. 03/08/2016

This review is from: WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive WDBWLG0040HBK-NESN Black

Pros: It won't turn on until computer tries to access drive. If you unplug it then plug back in the computer will see a new hardware device and see if it recognizes the device.

Cons: Unless your computer software checks to see if the device is on the device as designed will go sleep. In that state the computer will say it does not see it.

Almost all of these external drives seem to have fragile head units - especially the USB 3.0 port. If these goes out you will see the light go on when you plug it in but with no signal from the computer unit will not spin up.

USB 3.0 connectors are coded blue. If you are not using the correct cable (ie: an old one) you may frequently lose your connection to the computer. Not all USB cables are the same.

Other Thoughts: This device could really use a longer USB cable and an on / off switch.

Do Not Use the included hardware encryption unless you want a brick when the enclosure (not the HD) fails.

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3 out of 5 eggs Did you check your USB cable? 03/08/2016

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCKU3SEF USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan

Pros: You will notice the USB cable that comes with the unit has blue coding. This means it is a USB 3.0 cable. If you are using an old USB 2 cable you will have trouble with your connection.

Cons: The instructions should make sure to emphasize that not all USB cables are the same.

Other Thoughts: Good product that need better instructions.

For what it is worth you can now buy female to male USB 3 extensions cables if the location you need to put the unit needs a longer cable.

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Display Name: David S.

Date Joined: 01/27/06

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 03/08/12
  • Last Review: 04/26/16
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