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Pros: Owned 16 of these over 4 years brand new running 24/7/365. Not one single failure. All hooked up to 2 LSI SAS/SATA RAID card on rackmount. Runs perfectly. Properly cooled, these will last forever!
Cons: HOT!!!! Just like any enterprise drive, you need proper cooling. I have 14 fans in the rackmount that holds video production data and it keeps the drives around 74° F. If you do not cool them, just like any other drive that is high end , they will croak. Don't wine if you throw it in a dinky case and the drive dies. This is not meant for that
Other Thoughts: People need to realize these and not for backup. These drives were ment for low to mid-range servers. Ideally with hot-swap bays. Don't cry if the drive dies jamming it in a backup container with inadequate cooling. Its not the drives fault but your lack of foresight to cool a drive that is not consumer. Get a low consumer drive if you plan to backup. Not this.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Reasonably quiet, built like a tank, reliable, very quick. older non-advanced format (this can be good), solid feel, lasts a long time, even at high temps. Decent cache size. Hits about 120-130MBs sequentially on mine
Cons: You can hear them grind when accessing, they run hot if you don't cool them properly. Non Advanced-format if it's what you are looking for, cache size could be a bit bigger but it doesn't matter to much. The drives are quick enough, heavy
Other Thoughts: I have a total of 10 of these. I swear by them. My hackintosh has 4 of these in RAID-5 with an LSI RAID card, my server uses 4 of these in RAID-5 with an LSI RAID card as well. My G5 has two of them in it. These drives have proven reliability to the extreme. None of have failed or shown signs since they first came out (2008 I think). They are wicked fast even compared to modern drives. The cache size could be double, but they are fast enough as it is. They run hot in desktops, I have to keep a high airflow fan on them. Even on a desktop it hits 48c in the Hackintosh. Do yourself a favor, I am a WD fan but I swear by these drives. They are heavy as they should be for Enterprise grade, and they are solid drives. Dirt cheap. I paid originally $400/pc back a long time ago for 4 of these. So about $1600 to build my server. I was not disappointed. They are worth their weight in gold. No I was not paid to write this, I actually endorse these as a video editor, computer repair person and a high end techie. You will love these drives. Not sure about the newer ones. Only worked with the 1TBREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast. Decent price for performance. Lot's of features. Did Everything I threw at it Happily. Uber Amounts of RAM.
Cons: Died is less than 2 months. Turned on, booted to windows and shut off. Bad battery life. Heavy, Original Install slow. Ram sticks installed as 3x 4GB (not 2x 4 + 2x2GB). Huge PSU, Keyboard hard to type on, trackpad hard to use
Other Thoughts: I am RMA'ing this after getting the extended warranty and newegg messed up bad. They applied the warranty wrong and told me it will take at minimum over 24 hours to get back to me to see what can be done to fix it. In the meantime the laptop won't turn on, and I need to do work. Newegg slowed me down and after 21 days of just fighting to get the warranty (they messed up even selling it to me and applying a discount) they messed me over again by not doing it right. Technically the laptop that is a brick doesn't have warranty from the warrant's perspective. great, now what? Waiting to hear back from them..READ FULL REVIEW