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Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723030ALA640 (0F12450) 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Picked up 4 @ $84.99 each
3 worked

Cons: One was DOA, had to RMA at my expense.

Other Thoughts: I picked them up to build a NAS4Free NAS out of spare parts:

Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
4x 1 GB DDR2
500W Silverstone PSU
Intel DG43GT motherboard
onboard Intel gigabit NIC
Intel ICH10 SATA controller (RAID array drives)
Promise SATA150 PCI card (system drive)
500 GB Maxtor system/swap/jail drive
4x 3 TB HGST storage drives in soft RAID-Z1 configuration
Old Antec look-alike case with 4 fans

RAID array write speeds are typically 700-900 mbps and read speeds push 1 gbps and it barely breaks a sweat.

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Rosewill RC-6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Rhymes with orange 05/31/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RC-6"-PW-24M-20F 6" 24 pin to 20 pin Power Cable

Pros: Does exactly what it says--plugs a 20-pin power supply into a 24-pin board without any open pins.

Cons: In stead of the pictured cable, with standard ATX colors, the wires are all orange--not exactly "multi-colored" as described.

Other Thoughts: After the power supply in my old Dell XPS 400 media center died, all I had laying around was an even older 425W PSU with a 20-pin main connector. It plugged in with just the 20 pins, leaving the 4 on the end open and seemed fine, then it started to flake out sitting idle, needing the power cord pulled to get it to turn back on. The power supply was good and had just enough output to handle it, so before I retired it or spent a bunch of money on an 8 year old system that I got for free, I decided to give this $3 cable (plus $1 shipping at the time) a try. It hasn't flaked out since.

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Mushkin Enhanced Catalyst MKNSSDCT100GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It does exactly what it says it does: cache your primary hard drive at SSD speed.
-Install it and forget it.
-Games load in 1/3 the time.
-Programs launch as fast as you can click on them.
-It caches writes, not just reads.
-Way cheaper than a 1 or 2 TB SSD.
-Great inexpensive upgrade for an older machine.

Cons: No major cons, but a few nitpicky details:
-For some reason everything but my boot and shutdown times seems faster. That's not really a con for me, though, because I never shut down unless I have to.
-The Dataplex software has absolutely no user interface.
-Mushkin recommends updating the drive's firmware but after installing the Dataplex software, the drive is hidden from Windows. You have to uninstall the software to update the firmware or update it before installing.
-3.5" mounting bracket will probably work for most cases but it wouldn't work with my Antec P182. The bracket is too short for the bottom vertical hard drive bays and lacks the bottom screw holes for the upper horizontal bays. I had to use the bracket from an Intel SSD to mount it.
-No Windows 8 support yet. I'm not running it but it may matter to some people.
-The limitations that a few people have noted probably won't be a problem for 99% of the people buying one of these drives.

Other Thoughts: I'm only seeing about 275 MBps read and write speed, but it looks like my SATA-II controller is the bottleneck, not the drive itself. It's still easily 3x faster than the 1 TB Seagate Baracuda it's caching. I didn't want to sink a ton of money into my 6 year old Core 2 Quad build, but this breathed new life into it.

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Display Name: Anthony G.

Date Joined: 01/04/04

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  • First Review: 07/20/07
  • Last Review: 08/27/14
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