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Fujitsu MHW2080BJ 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Quiet and fast drive for media centers 05/14/2009

This review is from: Fujitsu MHW2080BJ 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Bought it as part of a "thin" media center (not a laptop hdd replacement). Installed in 3.5 bay with startech 3.5 to 2.5 bay adapter.

- Quiet (does not have the same periodic click of Fujitsu's 320GB model on newegg)
- Fast
- Reliable (at least during the tough week to get the system up and running)
- Passed Fujitsu's drive test utilities with flying colors

Cons: Expected higher price per GB

Other Thoughts: If you already have a file server running in the background somewhere in your residence and don't need large storage in the media center box itself, this drive is an excellent one to build very quite, low power, and yet fast thin media center or as a replacement in a laptop without spending a lot of money.

DFI LP JR GF9400-T2RS LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9400 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs First defective waiting for second 05/12/2009

This review is from: DFI LP JR GF9400-T2RS LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9400 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Side-opened SATA ports

Advertised specs

Bought it to build a balanced (cost, power, and performance) Vista Premium media center:

1- nMediaPC case 2000S
2- Silverstone PS ST60EF
3- Core 2 Duo
4- 4 GB DDR2 Kingston
5- 80 GB 2.5 Fujitsu
6- DVD Burner
7- Jaton 8400 GS card to work in boost hybrid SLI mode with onboard GE9400

Cons: 1- Defective

Spent 3 full days trying to install Vista and XP with default BIOS configuration as well as modified ones. This board caused installation to crash with BSOD repeatedly. Tried without the extra GPU. Tried with 2 GB RAM. Tried with all USB devices disconnected

When an install actually succeeded, OS crashes were frequent as well.

2- Hybrid SLI drivers

I knew I would only get boost (not power-saving) mode with Intel platform and Vista OS. Enabling it in BIOS was easy but Nvidia drivers kept crashing. Eventually hybrid SLI worked but the board kept crashing the OS.

3- Manual lacking and says very little about BIOS settings and their meaning. If you're going to charge your customers $150 for a board, create informative, not glossy, manuals.

4- Online utilities to update/flash BIOS don't work (at least the Vista method).

Other Thoughts: When configurating BIOS to emulate SATA as IDE make sure to connect all drives, you want the OS to see as IDE, to SATA ports 0-3

Waiting for the replacement since newegg is not giving a refund. May update the review if the second is better.


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Display Name: FARIS K.

Date Joined: 07/09/06

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  • First Review: 05/12/09
  • Last Review: 05/14/09
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