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Seagate STBD4000400 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Annoying software, not that quiet 06/03/2014

This review is from: Seagate STBD4000400 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive – Retail Kit

Pros: Fast - over 100MB/s via eSATA cable
Huge

Cons: If you don't have a UEFI BIOS, you won't be able to access more than 2TB of the drive on Windows. To access the full capacity, you need to use the Seagate DiscWizard software, which is pretty terrible.

First off, there are two version, and it's unclear what the differences are:
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/218619en
http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/discwizard-master-dl/

Second - both are stupendously large downloads. I just need a driver, not whatever bloatware they fit in a 150MB download!

Third - took me 4 attempts to finally manage to install DiscWizard.

Fourth - it installed no less than 4 services. No idea what they do. Only one is obvious to identify later, Seagate Scheduler2 Service.

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Other reviews mention the quiet operation - that's generally true. But when the heads need to park/unpark, the noise is quite annoying.

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CORSAIR 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model CMSO4GX3M1A1333C9
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Subtle failures, caught by MemTest86+ 01/05/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model CMSO4GX3M1A1333C9

Pros: Cheapest 4GB stick from a reputable manufacturer

Cons: HIDDEN DEFECTS.

Bought two of these sticks from a local retailer for my DELL E6410.

Windows 7 booted fine.

THEN - I used MemTest86+ (from two different USB sticks) and surprise - the test froze.

Next, I ran the BIOS diagnostic, which reset my laptop midway. That repeated twice.

STAY AWAY from these "value" sticks, or test the hell out of them with the right tool (MemTest86+, it's free).

Other Thoughts: SUPER SUPER NASTY that Windows booted and stuff worked fine (I enjoyed the laptop with 8GB for a few hours), but actually the sticks were revealed bad by serious tests (BIOS diagnostics, MemTest86+)

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: From the reviews here, disregarding those about shipping, this looks like a 4-star hard drive. Here's what I can add:

* Fast. Through eSATA, I've seen write rates of 132 Mbytes/s. Through USB 2.0, on an Asus EEE, I get 28 Mbytes/s when performing a read test with HDDScan.

* No bad sectors. I ran an HDDScan read test, which took more than 18 hours over USB. All S.M.A.R.T. info shows a healthy drive.

Cons: * sometimes the disk makes a long clicking noise, similar to what it does when it starts up. I've heard that noise in other hard drives before they developed bad sectors. I hope it's not the case here.

* not as quiet as other reviews mention. I use the hard disk in a Sabrent enclosure with holes for improved airflow (but no fan), and it drowns in noise my Asus EEE 1000HE, even though the enclosure is a few inches farther from me than the EEE. It's raining now, and the hard drive is quieter than the rain, if that helps. On the other hand, the noise is constant (white noise); no random spin-ups.

Other Thoughts: I've used this hard disk through a Sabrent ECS-STU35K enclosure connected via USB and eSATA.

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