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This review is from: APEVIA CF6025S 60mm Case Fan
Pros: Needed something small to cool the northbridge on an AMD 880GM board in a Silverstone ML03B case. Wired to a three-pin splitter shared with one of three 80mm case fans. Quiet as a mouse.
Cons: More than two years of service, and with a regular cleaning, it is still silent and reliable.
Other Thoughts: I'd recommend this fan to anybody looking for decent airflow in tight quarters.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I'd used Raptors in a build for someone several years ago (WD800ADFS) and was impressed with their speed and reliability, now that they have been in service for six years.
With that I thought I'd give this new model a shot in a daily driver AM3 build from 2010, as I was looking for something reasonably quick with good storage density without paying the current "SSD premium" for a 256/500GB drive.
Mission accomplished: system is noticeably more responsive, I can store everything on one drive (LP case only has room for one 3.5"), and the $/GB ratio was friendly on the wallet.
Other Thoughts: Under the hardest workload I could muster, I've never seen this drive break 28C. Though I do have a well-ventilated HTPC case, I found several reviewers' complaints of "high temperatures" completely unfounded.
Five year warranty is icing on the cake. WD's RMA process, if one needs it, is the finest in the industry.
Pros: Purchased to replace an 80GB Toshiba drive that had failed in a seven year old laptop used daily only for surfing and office work. 160GB 5.2k rpm was perfect, as I need little space and speed isn't an issue. I've generally had good luck with refurbished drives in the past.
Cons: After formatting the drive on my desktop, checking for errors, test copying some large files back and forth, and power cycling several times, I reformatted and installed it into the laptop. Windows copied my backup image of W7x32 flawlessly and I used the laptop for three days without problems.
On the fourth day, open programs in Windows began behaving erratically and locking up on basic tasks. Following this, a BSOD followed by a hard reboot. Upon reboot, no operating system found. Another reboot and drive was not recognized as installed. Dead as a doornail.
Other Thoughts: Usually WD is very good with refurbished drives, but seems as though I got a lemon here. Happens now and again.
The real pain is having to take the entire laptop apart again, as this particular model doesn't have a hatch on the bottom for the HDD and was assembled in a manner that doesn't exactly encourage tinkering. But I've been getting a lot of practice recently......