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This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
Pros: Size (1TB), Single port USB powered
Cons: This device was extremely unreliable upon arrival. Connecting the device to any USB port, whether 2.0 or 3.0, connected it at first without issues. After about a minute or two of connectivity it would disconnect and reconnect rapidly. This occurred more often if I attempted to transfer to and from the device. This made it impossible to copy anything larger than about 10mb at a time due to it repeatedly disconnecting. Updating/reinstalling the drivers did not resolve the issue. I was able to replicate the problem without fail on 3 Windows 7 workstations (2 64bit, 1 32bit).
Other Thoughts: Upset that I had recently RMA'd 2 other products the day before fully testing this, I decided to give it another chance. I opened the enclosure to remove the internal drive. The Seagate device that I received contained a Samsung ST1000LM024 2.5" drive. I decided to install this in a workstation (as I needed a hard drive anyway) and it now works flawlessly. I didn't have to reformat, just connect to the motherboard and power on. This device has not disconnected a single time since doing this. In light of this, I can only assume that the USB attachment that came with the device is incredibly faulty, but that the drive itself is reliable.
Seagate: Thumbs Down
Samsung: Thumbs Up
This review is from: iStarUSA DIY-RP-HDD2.5 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Mounting Bracket
Cons: Two glaring problems that I noticed right away were:
1) One of the brackets arrived bent, making it nearly impossible to fasten to the drive properly.
2) Even if the brackets were not bent and were able to connect perfectly, the screw holes that are used to connect it to the case/drive housing are not large enough to fit screws through. To be specific, the Antec Nine Hundred case comes with long screws to hold the drive to the drive bay. These screws are a relatively normal thread size, but only small threading screws are able to fit through these screw holes. Even in perfect condition, these brackets would have done nothing with small screw holes.
Other Thoughts: After coming to the realization that these brackets were not going to work, I used a spare pair of mounting brackets that I had set to the side for another build. These brackets worked perfectly. They were not bent and the screw holes and threading were perfect. The difference between products was like night and day.
I do realize that a very basic drive bay housing, such as a thin basic metal that comes in cheap/older cases, would allow me to use small threading screws to fit in these holes, but should this product really be limited to what cases to use this in when other mounting brackets aren't an issue?
This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager GT 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGT3A-32GB
Pros: Unfortunately there are no Pros for me with a defective device.
Cons: Unable to fully utilize. When inserting this device into a USB 3.0 port on a Windows 7 workstation it automatically attempts to install the drivers and then returns an error: "USB Device Is Not Recognized". Uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers does not resolve the issue. Manually updating the drivers does not resolve the issue. Plugging this device into a USB 2.0 port does find and install the device properly, but it still refuses to work in 3.0 ports. This was tested with 4 different workstations, all within a Windows 7 OS environment. I've had good luck with other Corsair products, including flash drives, but this was a very big let down. I have no way of utilizing this drive, and it was fairly easy for me to find reviews online where others had the same exact issues. The response from Corsair was always to return the device. I guess I have no choice but to RMA it.
Other Thoughts: I tried fairly hard to get this to work. I have faith in Corsair products, as I often use power supplies, physical memory, and flash drives that they produce. Unfortunately I didn't have much of a choice with this product.READ FULL REVIEW