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HGST H3IK40003272SW (0S03363) 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Huge capacity
- First 4TB drive to market
- They run cooler than my previous Barracuda 1.5TB disks
- Rated for 24x7 use (though don't mistake these for "enterprise" class drives)

Cons: - Lots of other people are reporting problems (mainly high infant mortality rates).

Other Thoughts: For the last two months I've had 6 of these drives in a RAID array on an Areca ARC-1280ML (w/ 4GB BBU cache), under what I would call "medium duty" usage. Not a single problem so far, and great performance. I've been monitoring SMART stats with Hard Disk Sentinel and haven't yet seen any reallocated sectors. Temperatures stay around 35°C; and have never exceeded 42 (with push-pull cooling). The drives are just as quiet as any other modern HDD.

Taking other reviews into account, I suggest you take the time to break in new disks (exercise them with a period of intense reads/writes to weed out any premature failures) and then install them in mirrored, RAID6 or RAID-Z3 configuration. Array rebuild times for 4TB disks are huge; don't go RAID5 with consumer disks (Google "RAID 5 URE" for why).

Based on my own experience, if you heed the advice above, I see no reason to avoid this brand. All 4TB models are new and it will take time before any meaningful "in the field" reliability metrics are known. The seemingly-high DOA rate (especially on RMA replacements) is a cause for concern, but keep in mind users with negative experience are far more likely to leave feedback and those who are chugging along just fine.

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Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997002
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Works great, runs cool, no problems.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Not sure if they autodetected correctly or not. I tend to manually set RAM speeds in my BIOS.

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areca ARC-6120-3 Controller Card Backup Battery
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Expensive 11/14/2012

This review is from: areca ARC-6120-3 Controller Card Backup Battery

Pros: - Allows you to safely enable write-back cache.
- Lights up and emits a quiet beep every few seconds if you have an unclean shutdown and the battery is powering the cache.
- Works with the ARC-12xx, ARC16xx, and ARC-1880 products. Doesn't work with the new ARC-1882ix.

Cons: - Overpriced for a battery.
- Had to buy a replacement after couple years as the controller reported the battery was no longer good.
- No alerts/warning about the bad battery, so effectively I was operating in an unsafe mode for several months. (Maybe I just didn't have the alerts configured; suggest you test)

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if Areca designed these in such a way that the user could replace the battery on the module with a cheap, generic one. Also if it squawked a bit more when the battery needs replacement.

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Display Name: Richard K.

Date Joined: 03/16/10

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 09/08/12
  • Last Review: 12/22/12
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