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Rosewill RDCR-11004 - Data Hub for 5.25
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nothing bad to say, it works and it looks sleek. I especially like that it only fills half the 5.25" bay, as my water cooler lines take up the other half. Some of these bay replacements consume the entire bay with a half empty box.

Cons: No legitimate complaints

Other Thoughts: SATA power rather than molex (or at least an adapter) would have been nice but that's being picky.

Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G2K5 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had this drive for almost two years. It's served me well and has not been problematic in my Macbook Pro. Speed degradation exists, but that's only because OS X does not support TRIM. The drive is noticeably faster every time I wipe (using Intel's utility) every 6 or so months.

Cons: Intel utilities are Windows-only. I'm reaching for complaints here.

Other Thoughts: They've since upgraded the SSD line, but this is still a good product in the early years of consumer SSDs.

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2GC 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I installed the drive last August. I use OS X so I have no opportunity to TRIM without a wipe. Even without TRIM I have not noticed much slowdown, but then again I am not a heavy user. Still boots in ~20 seconds. Best upgrade I've ever done.

Cons: It's annoying using machines with mechanical drives now.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a boot drive I'd go with a smaller size. I bought this to dual boot OS X and 7 and I've still got ~40GB empty, which by today's rate is about $100. If you want to be safe, 16GB for OS X and 32GB for 7 would be more than sufficient.


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Display Name: Ryan G.

Date Joined: 05/24/07

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 06/16/08
  • Last Review: 01/11/15
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