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Western Digital RE4-GP WD2003FYPS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap... Thats it

Cons: Bought it in February has only been used lightly in a system that doesnt see much use, just died last week, drive not recognized by the system. Tried it in an external dock as well, it won't spin up, just makes a grinding and clunking sound.

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive 2/19/2015 and the manufacture date on the sticker on the drive shows 25 July 2010!!! They sold me a five year old refurb?? I have had some good luck with refurbished products, but they were all generally within a year of manufacture, customer returns, small manufacturing defects that were fixed, etc. But when i installed this drive i didn't realize i was getting a five year old piece of hardware to begin with.

Of course they won't do anything to replace it since it was a refurb and now i have to buy another new drive, so overall there was no savings here.

I will say that i generally use WD drives, Black or Green, or the Red's in my NAS and server, and i have yet to have a failure of a new drive, but this refurb was a gamble that just didn't pay to make.

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Cheap, and usually quite reliable, i have G-Skill branded memory in three other systems here and no problems whatsoever, but ordered this for another brand new build, all new hardware, and they were DOA.

Cons: When both sticks are installed the system power cycles, spins up the fans shuts down spins up the fans shuts down, this was on a brand new motherboard. Thinking it could be a bad motherboard since i generally trust G-Skill i gave the memory the benefit of the doubt and tried it in another system thats about a year old and running with no issues, same symptoms on that system, so i thought it might be a compatibility issue and tried it in two other systems just to be thorough, all different motherboards and processors, and again it would power cycle.

I took the memory out of one of the other systems and tossed it in the new motherboard that i bought this ram for and it booted right up and performs flawlessly, so its definitely bad memory.

When i had more time i sat down and tested each stick individually, turns out one stick is good, and one is bad. The system will run just fine off one of the sticks, but the other installed by itself in any of the slots and its a no post again.

Other Thoughts: RMA request sent to NewEgg, which really sucks because they shipped my order by FedEx Express Saver, which goes to the USPS here in MN and gets delivered by cut rate Parcel Post, took me over a WEEK to get it and now its bad to boot!!! Just great....

SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E500B/AM 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Affordable! Fast! Easy!

Cons: None that i can find!

Other Thoughts: I see some complaints about the software that comes with it, i didn't use the data migration software as i already use Acronis True Image to keep my system backed up. I just connected this 850 EVO in place of my failing drive and used the Acronis Bootable Recovery that i have on a flash drive to boot up and recover from the last good image a couple days prior as my most recent backup was corrupted due to the failing drive, no biggie its just the OS drive no personal data.

After i was booted up i did install the Samsung Magician software just to check optimization and settings as well as to check it had the latest firmware (which it did ship with the latest version) and ran some performance tests, pretty much right on the money with its specs.

I upgraded from another SSD that was starting to have some issues which i discovered after Acronis started complaining that there was unreadable sectors during a backup. Obviously the source of my random crashes and problems i have been having for a few days prior to that notice.

This 850 EVO is FAST, it made a noticeable difference even upgrading from a previous generation of SSD's. Highly recommend it!


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Display Name: Scott L.

Date Joined: 11/09/03

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 11/27/08
  • Last Review: 07/24/15
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