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Mediasonic HUR1-SU3S2 2-Bay RAID 0/1/Single USB 3.0/eSATA 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Works Great - Even with BitLocker! 03/11/2013

This review is from: Mediasonic HUR1-SU3S2 2-Bay RAID 0/1/Single USB 3.0/eSATA 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure

Pros: USB 3.0 / eSata. Works with 4TB drives.

Cons: The DC power connector is not standard (not as pictured).

Other Thoughts: I purchased a couple of these enclosures and they work great in RAID 1. I tested them with both 3TB & 4TB drives (They have to be formatted in GPT above 2TB). BitLocker encryption works too. To test them, I put some test files on one and pulled the drives out. I individually hooked each drive up to a pc and they were both encrypted and had all of the files. Then, I erased one drive and put them back in the enclosure. It then automatically rebuilt the erased drive. Very impressive. A tip for setting up raid one: In addition to pressing the selection button, the enclosure must be on - hooked up to either USB, eSata, or the power sync turned off. It took me the longest time to figure out with the power sync on, it is in the power saving mode (off). I also tuned the smart fan setting off so, the fan is always on.

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HGST Touro Desk 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
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1 out of 5 eggs You Get What You Pay For! 03/01/2013

This review is from: HGST Touro Desk 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive HTOLDX3NB40001ABB(0S03396) Black

Pros: Looks good on the desk. Maybe I can use them as paper weights?

Cons: No power switch, no fan. Don't expect long life without proper cooling.

Other Thoughts: I purchased (3) of these as a shell shocker deal for 160. each. It seemed like a good deal at the time. They were all recognized by Windows 7 at thier full drive capacity using NTFS. I did not have to reformat to GPT. I tested this on three different PC's and they all worked. Everything seemed okay until I ran WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics (long test - takes about 10 hours per/ drive). I was surprised that the first one failed due to "too many sector errors". Then I tested the other two and was shocked when they failed for the same reason. These were brand new out of the box. According to the software, they were Hitachi HDS5C4040ALE630 drives. I immediately send them back for a refund. I plan on purchasing WD red drives the next time they are on sale with external enclosures. At least the red's have a three year warranty. HGST has their own diagnostic utility but, I never tried it. I am not familiar with it and they could possibly have a higher failure thresh hold set (which could make them pass)? I strongly suggest anyone who has purchased these to run a long diagnostic test and move your data immediately if any errors are detected. Maybe I just got a bad batch, but why take the risk of loosing 4TB of data! Also, if you look at the the companies website reviews, there is a lot of negative feedback too.

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Team X101 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TG032GX101L3
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5 out of 5 eggs It Does Have A Light! 07/16/2012

This review is from: Team X101 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TG032GX101L3

Pros: It's fast. I tested it with CrystalDiskMark and got 129 MB/S read and 81 MB/S write.

Cons: It has a little tiny red light that is very hard to see unless you get the angle just right. Also, it is not very keychain friendly!

Other Thoughts: I put it to a real world test. I installed Windows 7 in less than 10 minutes by making it bootable! It is much faster than using a DVD. This was with a Samsung 830 series SSD using a USB 2.0 port. TIP: For some reason, the computer would not boot using the Microsoft USB / DVD tool? Then I tried UltraISO and it worked fine.

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Date Joined: 02/19/02

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