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IBM 81Y9886 3 TB 3.5' Internal Hard Drive
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs A little large 09/02/2012

This review is from: IBM 81Y9886 3 TB 3.5' Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Really great drive a quite the great value!

Cons: Had a little difficulty finding room in my case to fit this 3.5' monster, but went over to home depot and got a hack saw and proceeded to make some more room by cutting out the upper section of my case.

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great price for a large amount of storage. Very Quiet. Perform well on their own. Purchased 8 and only 1 was DOA, which was promptly replaced.

Cons: Was under the impression that these would work well in a Raid 5 environment, however that was definitely not the case as confirmed by experience and Seagate support. Arranged in a raid 5 internally with 4 drives and would only see 20-30MB/s, which is incredibly slow. Rearranged to Raid 10 and then saw speeds of 250-300MB/s. Just a word of caution if you are considering purchasing these for a Raid environment.

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Raidon 4 Bay eSATA, USB 2.0, FireWire External Hard Drive Enclosure With Built-in SATA RAID 5 GR5630-4S-WBS2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Solid construction
- Easy setup
- Decent price
- Audible and visual alerts
- Tons of connectivity

Cons: Could be slightly cheaper and support other raid modes, however I was only interested in Raid 5.

Other Thoughts: I originally installed my drives and attached to my iMac. Freaked out when it repeatedly froze up my Finder. However, after some research it appeared my old drives had issues with their DS_Store. A quick terminal fix and it was up and running. Definitely would recommend fresh drives if you can swing it.

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Display Name: Jeff B.

Date Joined: 08/23/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/21/09
  • Last Review: 09/02/12
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