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Western Digital WD Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installed this drive as part of a new build. Was fast for a mechanical drive, quiet operation, and seemed good while it lasted.

Cons: Quit working after two weeks. Tried it in two different computers and neither could detect the drive. Luckily I had a spare drive on hand so the down time was minimal, but still had to reinstall the OS, programs, and all the PITA updates.

Other Thoughts: This one has been RMA'd and I'll keep the replacement as a spare. The WD black drives are supposed to be reliable and long lasting, but this one caused me a lot of problems. There were no error messages or warning signs before it quit working and I really thought the MB was bad when the PC would not boot. It took a lot of testing before I finally tried the drive in another PC.

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ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Disappointed in this board 12/12/2011

This review is from: ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Had good features at a good price. Worked well for two weeks

Cons: When the back outlet cover was installed it made the board too wide and I had to force the screws into place. I could not get the screw just above the memory slots in place and had to leave it out. Without the back cover the board fit just right, but with the cover it was about 1.5 mm too wide.

The board quit working after two weeks. It would not boot up and did not recognize either the HDD or the CD drive. It is on its' way back to Newegg. Maybe the next one be better. I have another ASUS MB that is working fine so I'm going to take another chance.

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StarTech SAT3520U2ER Aluminum 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Could be a good tool if they worked.

Cons: I am just getting ready to return the second enclosure. After wasting many many hours trying to make the device work I finally was able to confirm that a problem exists somewhere in the enclosure connections. The same problem occurred with the first one. I spent a lot of time on the phone with Startech tech support, but there is nothing you can do when there is a defect in the hardware. So I'm giving up on Startech and will try some other brand.

Other Thoughts: This enclosure is exactly what I wanted - dual drive with hardware RAID 1 support for storing backups. It's a shame their quality control is so lax. The first enclosure had the DIP switches labeled backwards and caused no end of problems until I read the feedback here and learned about the label problem. The switches were labeled correctly on the second unit, but it had connection issues like the first one. So it's gong back and I'll have to find something else.

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Display Name: Steve Z.

Date Joined: 03/11/11

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 05/09/11
  • Last Review: 12/14/11
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