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Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST10000DM0004 10TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Massive 10 Terabytes and low power consumption.
Very shiny, no bolt heads. Looks futuristic.
Everyone at work wanted to see it when I had to pull it out of the esata cage...
RMA'd without any hassle.

Cons: Failed right at 1 week of use. I guess 14 heads have a unique click of death.
Tried a USB adapter to run SeaTools and nothing. Just a nice clicking cadence.
Attached directly to mainboard and computer hangs at POST during drive checking, but then boots right up with drive missing. I should have recorded the actuator noise. Probably could have put it into a song.
Missing center mounting holes, if that's a con.
This drive is also really thick. There is a slight scratch in the label from sliding it in and out of my server tray. RAID controller gave very skewed results.
The eSATA case also wouldn't fully screw closed.

Other Thoughts: Never really been a fan of Seagate. Unfortunately this only reaffirms my thoughts.
Came to work Monday morning to find Windows saying I needed to back up my data right away.
I have a SMR 4TB drive and I can tell this is only using PMR.
Decimal/binary conversion yields 9316GB formatted capacity
This was being used to archive low activity surveillance video at 4 hour intervals. Total data written didn't exceed 85Gb at each scheduled archive.
I was able to get this Friday evening before it went dead. I think this main board only has eSATA 1.0.

Read Write
Seq Q32 129.2 117.9
4K Q32 2.763 2.765
Seq 125.0 112.6
4K 0.881 2.821

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SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White
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3 out of 5 eggs Would not get again... 03/06/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White

Pros: Self adjusting head band is very soft. Almost wished I was bald.
Speakers are angled toward your ears, instead of just aimed straight at the side of your head.
Mic pushes back into left ear cup when not in use.
Acceptable sound reproduction, good for gaming/not good for FLAC listening.
Cups are removable for cleaning, possibly for replacement.

Cons: Ears get really warm after about 2 hours. Needed to take off between missions.
Volume is very low. Had to turn up PC, head phone amp, and inline audio control to hear anything.
Spring loaded head band could be a little tighter.
Also had to bend the 2 metal frame wires to keep from squeezing my head.

Other Thoughts: I was given this set for review. It doesn't compare to the studio quality head phones I bought almost 15 years ago for the same price as these.
Microphone is untested and cannot attest to sound quality. There is a mic on/off switch in the cord.
Cord length is adequate. I have a 5.1 surround sound controller on my desk with a headphone jack.
There is 2 fabrics covers the speaker opening. One is built into the ear cups, another is built into the headphone assembly.
Head phones pivot up and down on the arm, but do not pivot side to side. I think once the spring(s) in the head band weakens or breaks, these will be tossed.

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LSI MegaRAID Internal  Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It looks like a RAID controller

Cons: This is a software RAID controller, with an expensive price tag. It is no better than what Intel already provides on board.
CLI management only, NO monitoring/administration software.
BIOS GUI is intentionally crippled. Access to advanced/hidden features is an extra purchase.
Had to downgrade firmware to get it to work in Windows 7 Pro 64bit.

Other Thoughts: I have been in the IT field for 20 years, and this is definitely the worst RAID controller I have used. The following quotes are exactly from tech support about my issues and frustrations with this card.
"The 9240-4i is a software raid controller. It must be able to allocate some memory during power up or the driver does not load. Recent firmware releases include a check for memory allocation. It is not compatible with many
desktop motherboards"
"If it works and the driver is running in Windows 7, then use this older firmware. The better option is use a hardware raid controller "

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