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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've read many reviews about DOA drives. I ordered 5 of these on March 1 2014, and as of today July 27 2014, all drives are working fine using software RAID and a bit over 70% space utilization.

I've also read many reviews about poor packing for drives. There was NO issue with this shipment. Inside the main shipment, each drive was packed in it's own custom-designed bubblewrap+cardboard container. (In my previous purchases of 2TB drives a couple of years ago, the drives were wrapped in generic bubble wrap and packing tape.)

Cons: I have not had any issues so far. I've seen NO S.M.A.R.T errors. Nor have I seen any other issues with the drives.

My A/C has gone out a couple of times, and the server closet became very warm before I could put a fan in. Still no issues with the drives.

Other Thoughts: I set these up as a RAID 5 partition in a Rosewill RSV5 5-bay enclosure using CentOS 6 and the MD software raid. I did NOT use hardware RAID provided by the port-extender card.

These drives work well. A couple of days ago, I moved the 5 drives into a Roesewill 8-bay enclosure I've had for a long time, and the drives and partitions came right back up. These drives have been powered on pretty much continually since March 1024.

I use these drives to stream media to various devices in my house, and I use them to keep backups of home PCs and remote servers as well. The media streaming is mostly at night, but the backups run every hour or so, so these drives are fairly active.

SCEPTRE x22wg-Gamer Black 22
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Large, bright, colorful, sharp.

Cons: small viewing angle, slightly annoying power switch location.

Other Thoughts: Sitting next to my older 4:3 LCD monitor, this monitor seems much brighter with vibrant colors.

Playing Neverwinter Nights 1&2 and Titan Quest, I don't notice any speed issues with the action.

However, unless you define viewing angle as "able to see light", this monitor has a very narrow angle. As you move more than 5 degrees or so from center, your images go through a rainbow of colors. When playing some games, I actually need to move my head to get to a better view of my map in the upper corder because the color shift is very noticeable on areas of high color contrast.

The power switch is in the back, on the right hand side, approximately 1/3 down the side of the monitor. So, if this monitor is the left of a pair, turning the power off is a bit cumbersome.

I'm disappointed in this product overall, as I compare it to a similarly priced 22" WS monitor I have at work. However, using it as a head on a Linux server running 2D X11, it works well enough.


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Display Name: Scott E.

Date Joined: 09/17/05

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  • First Review: 01/20/07
  • Last Review: 07/27/14
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