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WD WD Purple WD40PURX 4TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Very impressed 09/24/2014

This review is from: WD WD Purple WD40PURX 4TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: TLER, ATA streaming.

Very good performance, around 5 - 10% faster than a Seagate ST3000DM001 I benched it against (in seq r/w & rand r/w). It is in fact the fastest mechanical drive I've tested.

Very low noise, I think it may be quieter than my WD Greens and also stays unbelievably cool. I have not seen it go above 30C.

3 Year warranty.

Cons: A little pricey, but not that much more than a WD Green, so not really a deal breaker.

Other Thoughts: Although not "recommended" for use in a NAS I moved it into a 4 bay Synology after running benchmarks, etc. on my desktop to replace a 3TB unit so that I would have 4 x 4TB and it has been working just fine alongside 3 WD Greens with no problems so far.

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EnGenius ECB300 High Transmit RF (up to 29 dBm) Wireless-N AP/CB/WDS w/ AP Management Software
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Detachable antennas, adjustable TX power, DHCP server, AP mode. Solid feature set and east to use web GUI.

The range and throughput were excellent vs. my old Cisco E4500 (about 50% gain in throughput at the same range), that is while the unit worked anyhow (see below).

Cons: After 3 days of use and running just a few speed tests the unit suddenly slowed to the crawl. Connection speeds were still showing 150Mbit or higher but I could not get data to move faster than 1.5Mbit at the fastest. I did a full reset multiple times with no improvement. Plugged my old wireless router back in and it worked fine. So it lasted roughly 72 hours before becoming unusable.

This unit comes configured with a static IP, so that is a minor pain vs. other brands that are set to grab a DHCP address out of the box.

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Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Initially I installed the drive in my desktop PC to perform some benchmarks. I was very impressed with the performance for a 5900RPM drive. My sequential performance was a hair over 160MB/sec read and write on average. Access times were 15.4ms but that is to be expected from a 5900RPM unit.

Next I installed in the drive in Synology NAS running their survailance/DVR app monitoring a DLink Camera 24/7 and the drive performed wonderfully. It stayed a few degrees cooler than the WD drive it replaced over the week that I was testing and monitoring it and performance was slightly faster (10-15%) for read and write operations to the NAS using SMB.

Cons: None that I have found.

Other Thoughts: Use GPT in Windows to have the full capacity in a single partition. EXT4 on th Synology NAS handled the full capacity without issue.

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Display Name: Trevor V.

Date Joined: 03/07/01

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  • Last Review: 06/29/14
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