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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 - LOLREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" 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.
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.