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Pretty Fashion 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Surprised that it actually Works! 05/10/2014

This review is from: Pretty Fashion 2.5" SATA HDD to 44-Pin Male IDE Adapter Converter Useful

Pros: I bought 2 WD Blue WD5000LPVX 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard drives and couldn't get Windows XP to install on these drives on my Acer netbook. So I wanted to see they worked so I tried installing them in my old Acer laptop with the IDE hard drive. At first it wouldn't work until I removed the jumper on the little adapter board. I was able to install Windows XP on the 2 hard drives.

Cons: The only way this board would could even fit to plug the IDE connectors in was with most of the board sticking out of the laptop's hard drive bay. Most of the board sticks out by 1/4". Now when the SATA hard drive is plugged in the hard drive will be about 1/8" longer than the hard drive bay.

Other Thoughts: If you want to use this thing to install a SATA hard drive in your laptop with an IDE connector. You are going to have to use a roll of duck tape and install it like Nevada Power does with the whole hard drive hanging outside of the hard drive bay

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WD Blue WD5000LPVX 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Finally works after a week of trying 05/07/2014

This review is from: WD Blue WD5000LPVX 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Very small and light weight. Newegg shipped these in a box, inside the box were 2 more smaller boxes. Each drive was in it's own box and each drive was in a heavy duty bubble pack pouch. I was also able to install these in an old Acer laptop using a SATA to IDE adapter. Ok they were hanging out by a 1/4 inch but both work. This old laptop didn't have any problems even though the drives were formatted to 180 GB partitions.

Cons: I have an Acer netbook A0531h. The hard drive died. I tested it and it has a bunch of bad sectors. It doesn't do me any good to have the Acer drive recovery files on then hard drive. When you need them the drive is dead. I bought 2 WD Blue WD5000LPVX 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drives. I can not get Windows XP to install on these drive in the netbook. I made a bootable Windows XP disc. I integrated SP 3, (AHCI driver and the intel chipset drivers from the Acer website for this model netbook) into a CD. If I set the netbook bios to AHCI the netbook won't even boot on the CD. If the bios is set to IDE it will boot to the CD and the Windows XP 32bit will install to the point of the first restart. It stops here, "boot from CD press any key" or it goes to a disc read error. I boot of a USB drive to win mini and access files on the hard drive. I tried this with both of the new 2.5" hard drives. If I put the nes hard drives in an old laptop using an SATA to IDE adapter Windows XP will install on the old laptop. If I transfer these hard drives to the netbook it will not boot and only get a disc read error message. I have worked on this for days.

Other Thoughts: First, I disabled the quick start-up feature in the bios. This allowed the installation to go on while the bios was set to AHCI instead of IDE. Still the installation of Windows XP would stop after the first re-start.
Second, I fixed this by decreasing the partition size from 180 GB to 128 GB. After this the installation went smoothly. I also used a new HP laptop with windows 8.1 on it and and an USB dock to format these drives with the correct alignment. I checked this later with WDalign and it showed they were correctly aligned.

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Acer X193W+BD Black 19
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This monitor lasted 6 years of some what heavy home used. Never had any problems with it until the day it died.

Cons: The day it died it worked fine. Came back and moved the mouse and nothing happened, computer appeared to be on. Restarted computer a few times. Only thing I saw was a few quick blinks as the computer was starting up. Replaced monitor with another spare ACER monitor and everything was fine with the computer.

Other Thoughts: Always keep a few spare monitors for emergencies.

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Display Name: James C.

Date Joined: 04/05/04

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 11/09/08
  • Last Review: 05/10/14
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