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Thermaltake BlacX 5G ST0019U ABS Plastic 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks nice, I like the design of the cabinet and power & eject buttons.
I don't feel like I have to worry about it falling over, or off the top of the tower cabinet.

Cons: None of my 4, HGST 4G drives could be formatted in either Paragon or Windows 7-64b managers, for over 2GB. WinDFT extended tests failed as well as erase.
I tried the Paragon/HGST tool for dealing with drives larger than 2GB but it said it could not find any >2GB drives.
So I turned the BlackX off and put one of the drives in a spare slot of my tower's drive bay and the drive is testing fine.
I tried connecting it to my Lenovo Carbon X1 laptop's USB3 port and first WinDFT failed the same way. I tried ejecting the BlackX and reconnecting it. This time the computer failed to see it. Even after a reboot, the BlackX fails to show up on the computer.
I think I have wasted enough time.

Other Thoughts: Thermaltake says the BlackX works fine for >2G drives but that is not my experience.
I checked their site but the newest firmware is dated 2012 so that doesn't give me much confidence...

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NETGEAR NTV200-100NAS NeoTV Streaming Player
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs ok for the price 03/15/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR NTV200-100NAS NeoTV Streaming Player

Pros: low price, at least now that they have reduced it to $35. At $80, it was a loss

Cons: - very weak remote reception.
- Slow, in pretty much every area of usage.
- Remote has a keypad, but the software interface doesn't use it for anything! You end up with the one letter at a time game-show interface.
-Not the best user interface, in fact, really poor

Other Thoughts: Well, it is have the price of it's competition and it works, so that is why I gave it 3 stars.
We are able to watch shows with it, so if price is a major feature, then this is the box for you.
If I wrote this back when it was $80, I would have given it 1 star

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WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN Black
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Update on Pasport Ultra 2TB 02/08/2014

This review is from: WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN Black

Pros: A lot of storage for it's size and weight. USB powered. Rugged case. Nice looking case. Comes with cloth cover.

This is a replacement drive as first one failed early. It has been running fine now.

Cons: First drive failed to mount cleanly after first use. I did a proper eject so that wasn't the issue. I tried mounting on 3 USB controllers and was able to see it again after the 3rd try, long enough to delete my data. The WD Utilities were worthless. The clear drive function failed. I even tried reformatting but that failed. WD eval routines also failed.
It wanted me to update my SES driver, even though I already had the latest. I tried calling WD but eventually hung up due to the wait. The website is not bad, but by that time I had already determined that I just had a dud. Duds happen to any company. I have had great luck with WD drives.

One scary thing. The first time I mounted it, I used their password utility. The one time I successfully re-mounted it, the drive no longer had any password protection. The security software seems to work on the second drive. It does have a tendency to leave drive letters used on Windows. That might be a side effect, like TrueCrypt.

The replacement drive was also very slow. It did speed up quite a bit when I changed from the Windows default of not using on-drive buffering. I have not experienced that much of a change in speed with any of my other 20+ drives between this setting. The difference in drive speed is also quite noticeable between this drive and a Seagate 1T 2.5" portable, both drives on same controller with same test data set. Of course I would expect the 1TB drive to be faster, but it is considerably faster.

Cloud stuff is nothing but instructions on how to use drop box. Marketing at it's finest! ;)

Only difference between the Ultra and a regular Passport is the name and the cloth bag. It is nice, but not worth the extra money!

Other Thoughts: The case is top notch.
I have heard that they have had QC issues with the 0n-board controller. It sounds to me like this was the issue with my first drive.

One odd thing is that with one of my USB-2 controllers, the drive made a bad clicking noise. I tried it a couple of times and got the same noise. I did not hear this noise with my USB-3 controller or a different USB-2 controller. This could be a side effect of the bad Passport controller, or it could be a compatibility issue with various USB controllers.

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Display Name: Grego S.

Date Joined: 10/08/07

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 05/02/10
  • Last Review: 12/20/14
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