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Pros: No issues getting it running on a Supermicro X9SAE-V with CentOS or Debian. Getting 530 MB/s sequential reads and 410 MB/s sequential writes. It's rated at 540/480, so not too far off.
Other Thoughts: Newegg's product page has essentially zero information, so I recommend anyone who's interested in the drive do a web search for "Intel Pro 2500" and read the product brief from Intel's site. Some of the more note-worthy specs:
540 MB/s sequential read
480 MB/s sequential write
24k IOPS random 4k reads
80k IOPS random 4k writes
1.2 million hour MTBF
450 TB write endurance
165mW active power consumption
This review is from: APC BR700G 700 VA 420 Watts 6 Outlets Power-Saving Back-UPS Pro 700
Pros: It does what it's supposed to do and does it well. It also lasts for a very long time without needing a battery replacement. I've had two of these running 24/7 since ~2011 and they're still purring along happily (and they're silent!)
Cons: Unfortunately, I just bought two more of them for a couple of new computer builds, and they both squeal on wall power as described in other reviews. It's not incredibly loud, but it's penetrating. In a relatively quiet room, you can still hear the squeal from over 20 feet away. I'm going to try to tuck these UPSs away behind the chassis and hope that the computer fan noise can drown it out, otherwise they'll be sent back for RMA. Too bad too, I've been so happy with my first two from several years ago.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WD My Passport 2TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBY8L0020BBK-NESN Black
Pros: They work well and are reliable.
Cons: None that I know of.
Other Thoughts: I purchased four of these to install at permanent autonomous data collection sites in northern Alaska. These systems are in the middle of nowhere, nobody nearby, sitting in small poorly heated huts with bad electricity. Apart from the occasional power outage, the drives are running and being written to 24/7 by the small Linux-based embedded machines. It has been 10 months now without issue, all four drives are approximately 60% full and still working great, through many hard power drops during write, etc. They've been working so well that I just bought 5 more for new sites.
The first thing I did when I received the drives is wipe out the software and partition table and replace it all with a single ext3 partition, so I have no comment on the quality of the software included with the drives, I'm only commenting on the quality of the drives themselves. The write speed in these applications is also very low, so I have not tested and have no experience with the I/O speed of the drives.