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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (Full Version) - Download
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Vista, part 8.1 10/25/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (Full Version) - Download

Pros: It has a start button

Cons: Most problematic OS since vista

Other Thoughts: Windows 8 was STABLE. 8.1 is not. It's that simple. Maybe I'll put it back in after a few updates, maybe not. The very few people I know who have been able to get this running without massive problems are happy with it- but that's a low amount as of this date.

Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I very carefully read all of the reviews, especially the bad ones. As with all Seagate drives it either fails immediately, or works great. I put this in my laptop but what I really want this for is storage. But I am very impressed with the speed of Windows 7 64-bit in my Gateway laptop. I am even tempted to leave it in here for a while. But as I have the mounting kit I'm probably going to stick it in one of my towers for my massive storage needs.

This is one item I did not buy from, but I just thought I would put my two cents in here. I got it for a good price, needless to say much lower than what is offered here: but that was just luck or, maybe bad lag seeing all the failures with some of the unhappy customers.

But for the price that this was offered to me I couldn't resist it. I recently purchased another controversial Seagate drive from newegg for storage and I got lucky with that one: I got a good one. I think I have recently come to the conclusion that buying any hard drive is a risk: Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor; sometimes they're just bad. And the warranties are not being offered anymore Western Digital only gives you a two year warranty now.

But like anybody else, I want my hard drive to last a good long time. 10 years is a pretty good amount of time and most of the drives in my systems have lasted at least that long.

Cons: I am considering all of the people that have said they had failures right out-of-the-box. I am saying I believe those people as well as the people that say they've had this running for at least a year or more. If it fails within the warranty time I'll just get a new one. Usually the SMART on any drive will tell you when it's going to fail, but what I have been seeing here is that this is not the case, these drives have sudden irrecoverable failures, at least my western digital's give me about two weeks to back up my data.

So that is my main concern with this drive: a sudden failure where I lose everything and not be able to recover it.

Other Thoughts: My Windows 7 installed in less than five minutes, my machine boots up in less than a minute. Once I get all of my programs installed we will see if that continues.

SYBA SD-SATA150R PCI 2.2 SATA Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Better than I thought (Updated Review) 01/27/2013

This review is from: SYBA SD-SATA150R PCI 2.2 SATA Controller Card

Pros: I apologize for making yet another review - I just had to add this I just discovered. I was worried this card would not find a new 1 TB WD hard drive that had a 64mb buffer - I usually buy 32mb drives. But it found the drive immediately once I popped it in. I like that they gave me even a cheezy SATA cable, so I didn';t have to drive down to the computer store once again. I wish they'd include a SATA power cable though. But none of this changes my opinion, these are great cards, better than ones I've spent more money on.

The Original machine I was adding this to was an Old Dell Dimention in the short tower - But it was a dead box - So I added it to an old Athlon box I had, and it showed me the drive instantly. This box was even older than the Dell box I was going to use. All in All, these cards are the best and cheapest solution for old MBs that have no bootable Sata. I've heard about so many users who have not been able to get their drives seen, I don't understand it - Because I've used WD's, Seagates, Samsungs, and even Maxtors and 've never had any trouble in the past or recently. I hope these users can figure out why this happens, because I have yet to have it happen to me- It if does, we'll need to know why.

I've used these for Windows 2000/XP/Vista and 7, and several versions of Ubuntu - And one particular version of OSx86. I've never tried any of these in a MAC, don't know if they will work in my G4 towers.

Cons: It's only SATA 1, but 1.5 is plenty for those old boards these are usually used to add SATA fucntion to. It only has 1 Internal sata slot, again, not a problem, I do like to use external SATA drives.

I've tried dozens of SATA add on cards, some VIA, some SiL, and all of the ones that work best are all SiL and this company, Syba, offers them for a very reasonable price. So my Cons are not that important, no SATA Power cable, Cheap Data connector. But as far as being able to set it up and go, thiese are the easisst cards.

Other Thoughts: I've read through all of the reviews where these cards did not work for one reason or other. Maybe the first few times I bought a Sata Add On card like this, I did have trouble with detection. This was usually all about the buffer size, as the manufacturers have been increasing this over the years. One of the first times I ever bought a SATA drive, it did not work on the motherboard, back then they used Promise Raid Controllers or Via Chipsets, and I have had those kinds of controllers always act picky with the drives they are able to see. But in recent years, it seems that the drive manufacturers and the controller manufacturers have some to some agreement on backward, and forward compatibility. If this is a trend, there the manufacturers are anticipating the needs of the users, then it is a good trend and I'd like to see it continue. As long as these cards are being made, I will always have uses for them- I never really use these to add more Sata slots, most new boards have at least six. If my purposes cannot be served with 6 Sata slots, then I'll just have to built more systems. For now, I appreciate that these are being made, they are always there when I need them.


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Display Name: Jon V.

Date Joined: 03/24/05

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  • First Review: 08/05/05
  • Last Review: 10/25/13
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