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This review is from: SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-240G-G25 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: It's an SSD, it should be awesome. It was. A long, long time ago.
Cons: Died in about a year. A sandisk SSD that dies in a year, after my previous sandisk SSD died in a year... what terrible products.
Other Thoughts: I bought a Sandisk 120GB SSD just over 2 years ago. It died after 11-12 months of use. Sandisk tech support (after about a month delay) sent me a Sandisk 240GB Extreme SSD. Fresh install, good as new (I thought).
Fast forward to now. After another 12 month period, the 240GB Extreme is dead.
Will Sandisk send me a 480TB EXTREME XXVI SSD that dies in 12 months? Is it even worth my time? I'd prefer to just have my money back.
120GB SSD dead after 12 months
240GB SSD dead after 12 months
This review is from: Nippon Labs HDB-250 2.5" HDD/SS Metal Bracket Black Color
Pros: Works great with the removable drive cage in a "IN WIN IW-BP655.300TBL Black Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply" case. Allows you to utilize the short height 3.5" drive bay at the bottom of the cage. Perfectly suited for what I needed. Good price.
Cons: None - it holds the drive - keep on holdin lil fella!
Other Thoughts: This bracket allowed me to install a SSD in the bottom bay, leaving room to put a full size 3.5" HDD in the middle bay, and ODD on top. Now Dad has a computer with the optical drive he needed, quick boot times in Win7 with the SSD, and storage to outlast his lifetime on the 0.5TB 3.5" HDD. Read my review of the IN WIN case to get a installation tip on the drive cage.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: IN WIN IW-BP655.300TBL Black Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply
Pros: Fit everything he wanted. Removable drive cage fits optical drive, 3.5 HDD, and Nippon labs HDB-250 bracket to mount an SSD perfectly. Great use of that short 3.5 bay. Case comes with decent amount of screws, etc. Save the box and you can ship assembled machine to Pops safely. Don't forget to put the power cord back in the box! (Ask me how I know)
Cons: No front panel USB 3.0 ports. Not eligible for shoprunner 2 day shipping. Case seems like it could be smaller, but hey, everything fits. I just told him to use rear USB 3.0 on A68I-350 board for quicker backups to WD passport.
Other Thoughts: Dad needed an upgrade from his Dinosaur Dell from the Pleistocene era. Built him a mini-itx system with a Biostar board/cpu/8gb free memory combo. Should be fairly future proof for him for basic web browsing, etc. Personally, I would have gone with a smaller case but he insisted on a optical drive since he still gets media from work he needs to access at home. Build tip: remove the plastic front fascia, remove the ODD/HDD cage with a stubby screwdriver. Install all your drives into the cage. The 5.25 is the top bay in the cage, the full height 3.5 & short 3.5 bays are the next 2 bays down, and are turned 90* in relation to the ODD. HDB-250 bracket works great to adapt a SSD to bottom bay. Plug in your 3 SATA cables to drives, leaving the other ends dangle. Reinstall cage. THEN you can put in the mobo and finish up cables, etc. Reinstall fascia. Easy method.READ FULL REVIEW