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This review is from: GWC AR2500- 5M 16.4 ft. Silver USB 2.0 Repeater Cable
Pros: I use these with a newer computer I have running windows 10. My motherboards were purchased in 2014. It runs fine in the USB 3.0 and 2.0 slots with most anything. Mice, webcams, even my external hard drives work well with this cable. I use my USB 3.0 enclosure and this USB 2.0 Adapter: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002 - I get about 40 MB/s with no errors so far. I can use any hard drive.
Cons: I had to do some little tricks to get it to wake up and load the right driver for the cable. When I plug this cable into my older PCs, they just load a driver for a USB hub and go on. My Windows 10 setup needs a bit of coaxing once and a while, like plug in the webcam or wired device by itself first, or thru a plain USB extension cable to get the OS device driver to start working and loading drivers. Whatever works.
Other Thoughts: The color is a little too glittery for me, you can see the shielding. Good cable tho.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill Computer Case - ATX Mid Tower - SECC Steel, Black - REDBONE
Pros: Good for the price. Attractive. Bottom has removable dust cover. Comes with a little speaker. Inexpensive.
Cons: I have many cases, some from the early 2000's. USB Ports are supposed to be facing down or in toward the MoBo. Missing 3 standoffs. Had to go hunt for some standoffs the right size. Power button and reset button could be a little bigger. I like to have a hard drive light.
Other Thoughts: My ATX Motherboard, giant CPU cooler and Hard drives all fit in it just fine. I have those right angle SATA connectors on my MoBo that always caused me problems in the past, I have access to them in this case. This is a Mid Tower case but still physically smaller than the other mid tower I have, which is what I wanted. I have more room to put the things I want in this case for some reason. They did not go crazy with all of the plastic "tool free" installation locks and parts which is what I wanted as well. I can just get into the case and switch out what I want fairly easy, just like most of my older cases. The drive bays can make the hard drive stick out into the Mobo too far, but I can deal with that. To change that feature you'd need a bigger case, which is what I wanted to stay away from. The back of the case is black and I like that too.
All in all, a good purchase. I'm happy.
Pros: Another good drive.
Cons: none that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: I purchased one of these, and had some free time, so I ran some tests on it. Drive shows as being a brand new drive with zero hours use. It may have been tossed into
refurb because it had, say, a high seek error rate. If that matters. Or maybe it is a brand new drive that got taken out of a returned system. Who knows? This one seems new to me.
In the old, old days you could change a few of the smart values in the firmware of a HD. That was some of the first HD's, I don't think that's true anymore. Some numbers have to jive. If you gave me a car with 100,000 mi on it, but zero on the odometer, then after I'm done testing it will act like an old car, I can tell.
I mainly check for smart errors on the three big ones: reallocation sector count, pending sector count and offline uncorrectable. I always use a smart utility that has a lot of features, so I can see what's going on. I'm currently using parted magic. With a good smart utility and the right tests, you should see any see weak or slow sectors. If you benchmark the drive you may catch issues as well. The free version of CrystalDiskInfo doesn't have nearly enough information for me. I have one drive in the process of imminent failure right now, the data on my other advanced smart utilities all show clearly that this drive has less than half of its life left, has other errors. Free version of CrystalDiskInfo says its 100% healthy, no problems at all. This drive won't even boot most of the time. It's really worth it to purchase that good smart software, (like maybe non-free CrystalDiskInfo) it will pay for itself if you use it a lot.
I stuck this drive in an old system with WindowsXP, just to see if it would recognize it. It did, but later it ran a chkdsk check on the drive, i couldn't stop it. Later, this caused the smart data to throw out some logical errors. This was enough to make the offline uncorrectable go from 0 to 1, meaning the drive failed the smart test. When I got it to a windows 8.1 machine and ran chkdsk /r /f it cleared all of this up. If you use old or buggy software or utilities on your HD, you can make logical errors on your drive, and it will fail the smart test. Of course you can correct the errors later, by running chkdsk on W7, W8 or W10 - maybe write all zeros on it first with software or dd.