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Pros: Great drive. Fast, no problems so far, good price.
Cons: Can be considered loud, but this is normal for a 7200RPM disk. This drive isn't any louder than my older Seagate 7200.3/7200.4 drives or WD Black 320GB. But unlike the Seagate, this drive is still working.
Other Thoughts: Not all 7200RPM drives are created equal - and this drive is really nice in my ThinkPad X201READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SANS DIGITAL MS1UT 3.5" SATA Hard Drive USB / eSATA Enclosure
Pros: Great build quality
Good transfer speeds
Cons: The "eject" pin seems unnecessarily complicated
LEDs are also unnecessary
Other Thoughts: Don't try to save the $10-20. This thing works - and works well. Comes with all the screws you need, and the screw for the "foot" as well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fantastic performance at the RAID levels you want
Rock solid hardware + OS driver support
Cons: Some people like the Adaptec Storage Manager - I personally think it's rather clumsy and convoluted. In comparison, the 3ware web control panel actually reveals more information (like drive temperatures, etc.) with fewer clicks and is more intuitive to me.
Other Thoughts: I haven't used this card with any SSD drives. Check Adaptec's drive compatibility list before proceeding.
Make sure you update firmware and use the latest drivers from Adaptec's site.
I had some problems with a set of cables that 1 of the cards came with which didn't detect drives on 1 port; opened a ticket with Adaptec and they UPS Expressed me a new cable within 1 business day.
This card is rock solid - I have 3 running on Xeon 5500 boards on Server 2008 R2 x64 serving plenty of VMs. Depends on purpose, but I typically use:
- WD RE3 500GB drives in RAID 10 for high IO
- WD RE3 1TB drives in RAID6 for storage
- Samsung HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM for archive
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