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This review is from: Rosewill RX35-AT-SU SLV Aluminum 3.5" Silver USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Cons: Not reliable. Died within four months of normal use. Apparently the problem with many inexpensive externals is the power delivery. Whether it is the transformer itself, the circuitry to power to the drive within the enclosure, or all of the above, the devices are being shipped out with only marginal QC. They plug it in, it works, end of inspection - if the manufacturers do this at all is questionable.
Other Thoughts: Rosewill is New Egg's private label, and I have immense respect for New Egg, and consequently a lot of respect for Rosewill. I have bought thousands worth from New Egg over the years (since 2003!) and it seems when it comes to external drive enclosures or similar, Rosewill does not deliver the quality I expect from New Egg. I am sure New Egg will get it together in this regard in the future, but for now, I won't scrimp on this type of product. There are many high-quality alternatives.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 1TB per platter. 64MB cache. Seagate name. Great deal.
Cons: Click of death 7-1/2 months into ownership. I have always appreciated Seagate's quality, but evidently I got a lemon, or their QC standards have spiraled downward like their competition.
Major hassle to push an RMA through, and the Seagate website leaves something to be desired if you are looking to return one of their drives under warranty (eventually had to submit directly via email form). But alas, this is not my first rodeo. They will replace, and I will be listening ever so closely for the click of death with the replacement.
Other Thoughts: Before you chortle "you get what you pay for" think about the current HDD market, and think about how many users out there buy gargantuan-capacity drives. Spinners will be here for some time to come, and manufacturers owe it to their customers to produce some quality products. We're not talking about experimental science here.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Vantec 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - Model CB-ISATAU2
Pros: Great concept. Used similar devices like this for ages. This unit lasted 2 years so I should probably be pleased with the time that it actually worked.
Cons: Inline switch is absolute garbage. Power supply is not much better. I would like a product that does not fail due to manufacturer's value-engineering practices. Quality components are out there, consumers should be able to buy products that are made from them.
Other Thoughts: I am stepping up my game with SATA/USB adapters (i.e. I am done buying garbage). Apparently in this market segment, good products are hard to find. Careful what you buy.READ FULL REVIEW