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dodocool® MFI Certified 8 Pin Lightning USB Data Sync Charging Cable Cord for 4.7
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bought these because they were inexpensive, and are advertised as "MFI Certified", but it says nothing on the packaging or their website about this. Nonetheless they appear well-made, & arrived well-packaged and individually boxed. Have been using them with iPhone 5 devices and IOS 8 with no apparent problems. Phones seem to charge just as quickly and hold their charge as well as with Apple cables.

Cons: none so far.

KINGWIN KF-261-BK 4 x2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs It Works! It's Cheap! 01/15/2015

This review is from: KINGWIN KF-261-BK 4 x2.5" SATA Hot Swap Removable SSD/ HDD Rack

Pros: I used 4 120GB SSDs of 2 different brands. Works just fine, once installed. Doesn't seem to have any affect on drive performance vs. not using the enclosure.

Cons: As noted by others: no activity indicator per drive, just a "master" indicator for the entire enclosure. LEDs are "blindingly" bright, especially the 4 green power LEDs. Inserting drives is a bit dicey; you need to "feel" for the connector when inserting the sled into the enclosure. No keylock for the sleds. BUT this is an not a high-end device, and is definitely worth the price.

Other Thoughts: For an inexpensive enclosure, this seems to work great. I worry about the quality of the fan in the enclosure; it doesn't seem very easy to get to if it craps out. But with SSDs I'm not quite as worried as I would be with mechanical disks overheating (maybe I should be..).

HGST Deskstar NAS H3IKNAS40003272SN (0S03664) 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Array actually took 30+ hours for initial Build/Verify (RAID6 - approx. 16TB, per Windows) . NOT complaining. Running very smoothly indeed. FYI my transfer rate during a Symantec System Recovery backup is probably a bit under 40MB/sec., which is very good considering the overhead the program uses to gather and compress the data - in my case to "blobs" of 4.7GByte - this is the way I've set it - and it's a sustained transfer of several hundred GB at once over a gigabit network link. No complaints at all about this setup. These drives appear to have been a good deal indeed.

And power consumption, noise and heat seem to be quite low. It says in various places online that the power draw per drive is 6.9W at idle. I have no clue why the active power spec isn't given, but my server has a relatively small power supply, and I see no evidence of strain with six of these drives, two others (a RAID1 80GB boot pair) and the other system hardware.

Cons: None that I can see.

Other Thoughts: I'm noting here that HGST (Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) is now part of WD, but these drives seem to have a significantly lower DOA rate than the large-capacity WD-branded drives, if you believe what you read online (I do). I am six-for-six drives at this point. I purchased a 7th drive as a spare. I suspect I'll be testing that shortly, to be sure, but I fully expect to be just fine.


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Date Joined: 07/19/04

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  • Last Review: 02/27/15
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