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Coboc PW-18C5515P-6-BK 6ft 18AWG 3-Slot  Mickey Mouse  Power Cord for Laptop/Notebook (NEMA 5-15P to IEC320C5),Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Provides power!

Cons: None....

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my Ivy Bridge generation Intel NUC. As some may or may not know, these machines shipped with a power block, but no cable. So this cord fits the bill. It provides power and seems of good quality. It seems pretty heavy duty.

No complaints!

Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive is of excellent quality at a price that is truly unbeatable. I have nothing but good things to say about this drive. I think it is amazing that Crucial has put the RAIN functionality in this drive, as that feature is well worth the slightly reduced overall capacity.

Cons: This drive causes my POST (Power On Self Test) to have increased by a couple seconds. Unfortunately, machine firmware cannot really be debugged...

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive to be matched up with my Sansung 840 250GB. I put these two drives in a ~220GB btrfs raid1 (self healing, ftw!). It has thus far been excellent, easily keeping up with its raid1 counterpart. I was a bit concerned at first that the drive speeds might differ vastly, but they are pretty well matched.

If anyone out there is looking at these drives, I would highly recommend them. They employ the redundant array of independent NAND technology that crucial offers on their enterprise drives. They also have large amounts of ddr3 RAM and creat Marvell controllers (SSDs are like little RISC computers). Thus this drive should be efficient and reliable.

The one thing is that because of the manufacturing process, this drive has less overall flash chips than its larger brethren (obviously). While this is fine in terms or read performance, the write performance is about 1/2 of what it is on the 480GB or 960GB drives. This is because the flash in SSDs are set up to work like a striped raid0 drive, distributing small bits of info across all the flash chips. Thus it is not limited by the speed of just a single chip. So if you are looking for Moar Speed! then get at least the next size up from this one.

WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Thank goodness WD still makes 7200rpm disks (looking in your direction Seagate). I bought this disk so that I have make my USFF (3.0GHz C2D) replace my old PentiumD. Though far more power efficient and certainly faster, the downside of the 755 is that the ultra-small-form-factor only has a single SATA II bay and port. So the three disks I had in the old machine would just not work with the little server. This WD Green 4TB certainly solved that problem, and it did so at a very reasonable price. It also has allowed me to store much much more por-- files than before. Additionally, I have netatalk working as a DIY time machine for my parents. Previously, I had them limited to 500GB, but now I can dedicate a whole lot more space for their backup needs.

This disk performs as expected for a "spinning rust" disk at 7200rpm. It is quiet and power efficient.

Cons: I am turned on my SSDs, so the fact that it isn't an SSD is kind of a con... but not really considering its use case.

Other Thoughts: This disk has been great so far. Its quiet and I have no issues...


Curtis S.'s Profile

Display Name: Curtis S.

Date Joined: 07/16/12

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 07/20/12
  • Last Review: 02/23/14
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