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TOSHIBA Satellite L55Dt-A5253NR Notebook AMD A-Series A6-5200 (2.00GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8400 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well made and priced reasonably for a major brand.

Cons: It's was made more difficult that it needed to be to upgrade major components like hard drives, memory and batteries.

Other Thoughts: I own this and a few other Toshiba notebooks and until I recently retired I also serviced computers and other electronics.

In the only other review at this time it was stated, or at least implied, that the battery, hard drive and memory either couldn't be replaced or couldn't be replaced by the owner. There is really no truth to this statement. For some time now, with some of Toshiba's small, light weight and expensive notebooks (One notebook that's been around a while and that comes to mind is the Portege), Toshiba has been designing cases that certainly not end user friendly. However, there are instructions and videos on disassembling these models as well as upgrading or replacing the major components. So anyone with patience and will to read a little should have NO PROBLEM replacing these parts. The first thing I do with ALL my notebooks these days is replace the mechanical hard drives with solid state ones. So far, they have been very reliable. But beware, some manufacturers have had failures with certain models. Many people believe that because it's solid state that it will last virtually forever, which is NOT true. If you use a notebook mostly on the go or on you lap, a solid state drive CAN be a lifesaver/

That said, just don't do it before your warranty runs out, since disassembling it will VOID your warranty.

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Western Digital WD RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: WD "Black" drives were the standard that I used to judge other manufacturer's drives

NOW I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK.

Cons: Unless there's something wrong with Newegg's reviews database, WD has a serious quality control problem....and in EVERY SIZE.

Other Thoughts: WD address' all these problems the same way saying things like "We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced" or the real kicker "...as this is not typical nor is it the intended experience we want our customers to have."

Obviously, I think it's safe to assume that a drive failure isn't WD's "intended experience". I was waiting to see if the failure rate would improve, however, it appears to be getting worse.

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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD10EFRX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It appears that there are NO PRO.

Cons: There seems to be a failure rate of around 20%

Other Thoughts: I have used WD drives for 20 years and believe it or not, have NEVER had a bad drive. However, I have always used BLACK drives, or their equivalent.

My problem here is that I noticed that whether you have a WD10EFRX or WD20EFRX RED Drive, you're seeing THE SAME reviews. Now I'm not sure WHICH drive are failing....or are BOTH MODELS GOING BAD? The only reason I was considering a non-Black drive is because I have a WD Sharespace that can ONLY use WD drives. It came with 4-1TB GREEN Drives and I want to increase the size to 2TB and "thought" these RED 2TB drives might be a good replacement. Because of these reviews, I'm now rethinking that.

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Bruce S.'s Profile

Display Name: Bruce S.

Date Joined: 07/13/13

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 02/24/09
  • Last Review: 09/24/13
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