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Pros: The drive seems to be fine as a desktop drive.
Cons: This is not a NAS or RAID Drive.
Enterprise Drives have a setting called TLER, which stands for Time Limited Error Recovery. This causes a drive to limit error recovery attempts to within 7 seconds.
Other Thoughts: Raid controllers, and yes this also means home NAS boxes, expect a response within 8 seconds, and if they don't get it, they fail the drive and take it out of the Raid array. Desktop drives will try longer than 8 seconds to recover from a read error.
That is the difference between the WD Red drives and the Black drives. The Red drives are "made" to be used in Raid arrays, although I think the only difference is that TLER is set in the Red Drives.
There used to be a utility named WDTLER.exe, that would set TLER so that a desktop drive could be used in a Raid array, but now WD and I guess Seagate make it not a settable parameter.
Pros: None. Even though I wouldn't buy this, it is what it is, and I'm not going to mark it down.
Cons: I have a similar set-up, a Dell Optiplex 755, with 2GB memory, a 250GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. I liked it when I got it, and I still use it almost every day, but I wouldn't buy it again now. And I could get it for less than $199.00.
I upgraded the memory to 4Gb, but then a few months ago the second pair of memory slots went bad, and I had to pull half the memory out to get the machine to run. (all four sticks work in the first two slots)
Other Thoughts: A 3.0 Ghz Core 2 Duo processor is pretty good, I could upgrade the memory to 8GB, and I could get by with 160GB hard drive, but why a 32-bit operating system? Someone didn't think that through.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: 27-LED Superbright Worklight Flashlight with Hook Hanger and Magnet
Pros: Nice bright light for examining things, and looking behind and inside computers and under desks.
Cons: I almost always use the three LEDs on the end, so I have to push the button three times to get the light I want.
Other Thoughts: My office is lit by a "60 watt equivalent" CFL, so it's pretty dim. It's okay, because most of the time I'm looking at a monitor, but when I need to look at something else, I need more light, and this is perfect. I keep it in my desk drawer. And even if my office were better lit, I would still need something handy to look behind, under, and inside things.
Yesterday I bought 3 used Seagate Momentus laptop hard drives, and I wanted to use Seatools to test them. I started by plugging them into a USB toaster, but I couldn't run the tests over a USB link, so I took the side off of one of my computers, and hooked it up to SATA power and data cables. I used the light to get everything plugged in.
Off Topic Rant: When you are buying either CFLs or LED "60 watt equivalent" bulbs, check the lumens. Most of the claims of watt equivalence are outright lies. Many CFL and LED bulbs that are claimed to be 60 watt equivalents have lumen ratings that are closer to 45 watts. I just checked the box that I have for 60 watt light bulbs and it says 850 lumens, but I know that they can vary from 800 to 880 lumens. The long life bulbs are cooler and less efficient, they would have the lower numbers.