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Pros: Supposedly higher performance and lower power consumption compared to the 840 EVO.. I've never had one of those so I can't make a valid comparison but I do know that this is leagues ahead of my old Agility3 120GB.. which I thought was pretty fast.. Until I got this one.
This has a 5 year warranty!
Cons: The Packaging is very barebones and only includes an instruction sheet, an "installation guide" (more on this in a bit) and a CD with software on it.
The Instructions are sorely lacking and are totally inadequate for someone who has never installed one of these before. None of the hardware shown in the installation pictures is included with this drive. I suspect it is old documentation that was printed back when SSDs still shipped with things like mounting screws, 2.5" to 3.5" mounting brackets, SATA cable, and a USB to SATA adapter. It's all shown in the pretty installation pictures, but NONE of that stuff is included in the box.
Nor does it mention anywhere how to enable TRIM which by the way was NOT enabled by default after I migrated my data over.
Other Thoughts: Fortunately I had everything on hand to quickly clone my drive over using Acronis True Image and was up and running in about 10 minutes. I can't comment on the contents of the software CD because I never used it.
I'd give the drive itself more than 5 eggs if I could, but the lackluster instructions and packaging bring it down a bit... so it still deserves the 5 eggs.
Do your homework before you buy an SSD if you've never had one before.
Cons: Poor quality, abysmal failure rate
Other Thoughts: If you look at the label, these drives clearly state that they are made by Hitachi. What the label doesn't mention, is that these are probably the rejects from the Hitachi plants that didn't quite pass QA during testing, so they slap a Toshiba sticker on them and sent them out the doors anyway knowing full well they're faulty. It's the only reason I can think of why there's nearly as many 1-egg "DOA" reviews as there are 5-egg reviews.
Seriously. Look at the reviews for any Hitachi (HGST) drives and compare them to those of the Toshibas. In fact, HGST actually makes one of the few 5-egg-rated hard drives available on this site.
Pros: It works and was not DoA. 3 year warranty.
It was packaged in a retail box that included mounting screws (but no SATA cable or molex to SATA power adapter).
I threw this into my file server box running Windows Server 2008 R2 and according to CrystalMark it's at least as fast as the 2TB Seagates that are in there with it. So, I'm happy with the performance. I've had good luck with Hitachi drives in the past.
Cons: I couldn't afford two?
Other Thoughts: If you want a good, fast 4TB drive but don't feel like paying the premium for a WD Black or Enterprise-class drive, get this. It's one of the few reasonably priced 7200 RPM (4TB) drives out there.
Most others in this price range are 5400 or 5900 RPM and the jump to 7200 RPM is rather expensive.
Made in Thailand. Is this a good thing? Or horrible? Only time will tell...
Display Name: Jeff B.
Date Joined: 09/24/08
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