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Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's quiet and fast

Cons: Failed after about a month

Other Thoughts: It still spins up and reads data but it is intermittent. I repaced the whole computer around this drive before I figured out the problem was the drive. BIOS could not see the drive on the first boot but then saw it on the second boot. time after time. Then after a while it would just lock up and crash. It took about a month of light use before it failed but fortunately I was able to save my data. I switched over to a WD 1TB drive and the computer is running fine now. I wish I had changed the hard drive before I change everything else. Seagate is normally a good drive but I think they missed on this one. I have owned lots of seagates, this is the first one that gave me any problems. I am going to RMA the Drive but I don't know if I'll ever trust it.

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LITE-ON Black 4X BD-R 2X BD-RE 12X DVD+R 4X BD-ROM SATA 4X Blu-ray Burner DH-4B1S-08
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It spins up and plays Blue Ray DVD’s and the software it easy to use if it loads right.
This is my third LiteOn DVD drive and the two before it were great drives which work well to this day.

Cons: The digital right management is very restrictive and slows everything down when you can get it to run. The patch I was directed to on the LiteOn web site would not flash the firmware and the patch for Cyberlink Power DVD took several tries to get it to work and had some errors no matter what I did.

Other Thoughts: This Blu-ray drive would have been fine if it didn’t have HDCP digital rights management which my computer lacked. My brother bought a drive like this and it worked just fine for him but his computer was built three months ago. I have and ATI X1600 pro video card and although it is HDCP ready it falls short of satisfying the firmware and software that came with the drive. The result was that it would start playing a movie and would halt about ten seconds into it, then I would get a prompt to upgrade the software drivers or the video card drivers. It would play fine in analog but in that case the quality was not much different the regular DVD play back. If you are starting off with a new HDCP compliant PC this might be fine but if you are running an AGP type mother board and AGP video card it might not work at
all.

If you want to know more you can read the HDCP articles on Toms Hardware, they pretty much explain it all.

Intel P-4 3.2 GHz, 4 Gig Ram, ATI X1600 Pro, Soyo Dragon S

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Display Name: Richard G.

Date Joined: 04/25/03

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  • First Review: 10/25/08
  • Last Review: 12/26/08
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