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Kingston DataTraveler 101 Gen 2 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Red) Model DT101G2/8GBZ
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best. Flash. Drive. Ever. 11/19/2013

This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler 101 Gen 2 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Red) Model DT101G2/8GBZ

Pros: Let me start off by saying that I've had this drive for 5 days shy of 3 years (purchased 11/24/10). I've had a few other drives, but this is still the best. I came back to the product page because it had gone missing and I was considering buying another one. I don't use it much for mass storage these days as I have two 32gb flash drives.

I mainly use this one these days for installing OS and running Live USB. One of my two 32gb drives is capable of booting/installing OS, and has slightly higher R/W speeds according to tests, but runs OS slow and unstable. This 8gb runs everything flawlessly. It may take a bit longer to boot, but runs about as stable as any internal drive at USB 2.0 speeds!

For those reading, this drive IS compatible with Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool.

Cons: None! They make 32gb, 64gb, and 128gb versions of this flash drive?! Umm...I'll be right back...let me just buy them all.

Other Thoughts: Now, I'm going to buy either a 32 or 64gb DT101, but still keep this one for installing/running OS. Who still uses DVD drives?

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SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Probably the fastest HDD I've ever used. When kept healthy, it'll stay fast. It was on sale for $95 when I bought it back in 2010, before the flood in Taiwan caused prices of hard drives to skyrocket. I'm very fortunate for that. Because prices still aren't to what they were then.

Cons: Not SSD fast. But that's okay, I got a Mushkin 120gb SSD for OS and small programs.

Other Thoughts: All my games are on my 2tb hard drive though. Well, games, movies, rips of physical discs that I don't want to deal with, music, etc....it'll hold everything...I've never filled it. You'd have to either be a person who has to have everything installed even if you don't plan on ever utilizing it, or a pirate for piracy sake...which seems like a waste to me.

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ASRock FM2A75M-ITX FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Project Tiny has ended abruptly due to unforseen circumstances 05/07/2013

This review is from: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: The only board at the time to support AMD A10 in a Mini-ITX form factor.

Cons: I came home to a burning plastic smell. After 2 weeks of constant use, Tiny, my mini-ITX box, set next to my TV, was dead. I've had it overheat before, even with my Zalman ZNPS 7500 CU, and it'd just turn off, so I tried turning it on, and saw fire, and immediately pulled the plug, took the cover off, checked all the wires, and didn't see anything. Plugged it back in to see where the fire originated, and it sparked next to the 4-pin CPU power connector, and actually melted part of the board next to it. The board is done for.

Other Thoughts: At the time of its release, there were two mini-ITX motherboards which supported Socket FM2, this one and MSI's. I could not find any place that sold MSI's board, but did find it was a bit more expensive, and decided that this one had all the features I really needed, and anything extra could be added later.

My roommate pointed out the terrifying thought that what if the failsafes didn't kill the power to the board and the fire was left uncontrolled while we were out having dinner? We'd be homeless and everything we had of value would probably be destroyed.

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Date Joined: 09/27/05

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  • Last Review: 11/19/13
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