Date Joined: 05/21/05
Pros: No issues for first ~year of use in cell phone
Cons: After ~ a year of use, phone started going really slow when browsing (browser used SD card to store data), and some pictures would randomly become corrupted... Then many pictures were corrupted, and even removing card from camera and attempting to save data / pictures using 2 PC's didn't work. Finally wiped card (overwrote partition twice w/ random data) and reformatted / allowed to check all storage, then did mass data copy (40GB+ of data) to / from to check for corruption, seemed ok... but I definitely don't trust it to put it back into my phone (bought new samsung)...
Overall Review: Unsure what the manufacturer warranty is for this, but if it's 2 yrs I am going to continue copying data to / from the card to see if it dies soon and then return it... really ticks me off I bought this and now can't trust it to use it for the intended purpose!
Pros: Great price, descent speed compared to other SSD's of the time frame.
Cons: Of the 4 I bought (2 in Feb 2014, 2 in April 2014), 2 have been throwing "pending sector" and non-recoverable sector errors for 1-1.5 yrs, although none of the errors have ever caused a PC crash / actual issue. I wasn't until the last month or so (~June 2017) that those 2 drives are racking up "bad" sectors in the smart data.
I still would have expected these to last longer... not like they're getting heavy use...
Pros: Worked ok while it worked.
Cons: Died almost exactly 3 years after installed - dropped drives while PC was on, then would only show drives in BIOS / show as bootable after PC was powered off for 15-20 mins before booting. Had similar quality issues w/ a cheaper brand, expected more from this as it was not even used as a raid card.
Pros: Was descent when it worked
Cons: Had issues since installing 3+ yrs ago, totally died a few months ago.
Initially, if the PC went to sleep the card would not wake up when the PC did - i.e. no USB 3 without a full reboot. Then it would sometimes drop out while the PC was running w/out sleeping. Now, totally dead, won't work at all.
Pros: Pretty good picture while it worked
Cons: Worked for less than 6 months, has spent the last couple months in the corner until I had time to return.
It powers on and the web interface works - but no picture/video is present. Did a factory reset, can't get a picture even directly plugged into a laptop nor via the rstp or video links. Seems either the video sensor or processing chip has died.
Pros: Worked ok when it worked - pain in the rear to get setup with linux as there isn't much support and the documentation is a bit sparse in areas.
Cons: Died after ~6 months - started acting flaky ~1 week ago, unplugged, waited a minute, plugged back in, and no lights / no communication... The serial interface still appears (basically the ftdi usb to serial chip in it is still working), but the plm controller is totally dead!
Should have listened to the other reviews, but the only remote & pc controlled fan controllers I found was the Insteon fanlinc, thus needed this to interface with it for PC control...
Returning to smart home, hopefully will get a warranty replacement.
Pros: Works with new i5 version of NUC (slim version) with M.2 drive connector.
Cons: After installing Win 8.1 pro and running all windows updates, and some simple application installs, Windows started reporting "SMART errors" with the AData SSD... After installing a tool to pull smart data, turns out multiple smart params were failing (reallocated block count & retired block count) including showing the drive has 1% of it's life left! After only 7 hrs of use, on a table top (not even hidden in an enclosed place...)
Overall Review: Good price on the drive, too bad it died... will try the replacement drive, but if that fails will be requesting a refund and not buying AData SSD's any more (the Samsung 850 EVO m.2 looks good and only a little more...)
I'll update the rating from 1 star if the replacement drive works for a few months...
Pros: The overall design seems sturdy, drives slide into the ports well.
No screw-on drive trays required - drives just push right in.
Cons: I would agree with the reviewed from 10/13/2011 - seems they are putting springs that are way too heavy duty in the back to help eject drives. At first I thought the enclosure was bad, as no drives would connect when inserted. After removing all drives but the right one I was able to use a flash light and could tell the drive wasn't making full contact with the backplane connector due to the spring. I took a small wooden stick and pushed the metal springs back (took quite a bit of force), and can now get drives to connect - but not consistently. Took 4 tries to get all 5 connected...
My concern is when a drive fails, if I remove that drive the motion of removing a drive will cause others to disconnect - this will completely break the raid array the 5 drives are in and defeats the purpose of having a hot swap bay to replace failed drives!
I'm going to play around with it a bit this week, and if I can consistently remove drives without the other drives dropping out I'll keep it - but if other drives drop when removing any single drive I'll be going back to the iStarUSA BPU-350SATA-BLACK (of which I already have 2, I just don't like the trays the drives have to be attached to.)
The slides that are connected to the swing-down doors are the only "cheaply" done part of the unit - I noticed when checking the springs that if you pull out or push a drive in a little too hard, it'll pop off the plasic gear in the door hinge that moves it - seems there must be a better way to eject drives.
In addition, the little fans scream like banshees - if I keep the case I'm going to route the fan power connectors through fan controllers. At least the connectors are accessible to do that.
Overall Review: I'll try to re-post in a week or so to share whether I'm keeping it or getting rid of it due to drives dropping out when any single drive is removed due to the spings/connectors.
Pros: Required 4 additional SATA ports for a file server, had a x16 PCIe port open, so this fit in well using 4x mode (each SATA port has it's own PCIe lane.) Transfer speeds are acceptable (2x drives are SSD's, 2x are SATA II HDD's), and have had NO issues w/ the Marvell driver in Linux so far (automatic detection, instant plug-n-play.) i.e. this uses a good Marvell chipset, not the Silicon Image chipsets I've had issues w/ before in Rosewill products).
Cons: Spent a little time trying to figure out why, on Boot, only 2 drives appeared (tried 2 PC's, switching drive ports, wasted ~2 hrs messing with it.)
I finally found a review here that indicated only 2 drives appear on boot in the Card's BIOS screen, but all 4 do show up in the OS...
The unfortunate part is that only 2 drives show in the PC BIOS as available "Boot Drives" as well - had to re-arrange to ensure the 2 different boot-able drives were in ports 1/2...
Would be nice if Rosewill documented this - nicer if all 4 drives showed up in the BIOS (did they re-use BIOS from a 2-port solution???)
Only took off 1 egg as the controller is working great so far, but could have saved a couple hrs had the documentation had a single simple sentence like "only drives attached to ports 1/2 show in the Drive / PC BIOS, but all 4 port drives show in the OS..."
Overall Review: If someone from Rosewill reads this - feel free to copy / paste the comment/sentence above directly into the drive quick-start / documentation - no copyright on it :)
Pros: PCI express
The one that works seems to work well so far...
Cons: Bought 2 - one has failed off and on since I bought, basically w/ light to med. load it seems to lock up within 3-4 days consistently (the PC still responds, just the card doesn't - and lspci in linux reports partial info w/ a bunch of ???????'s)... Tried in 3 different PC's - multiple PCIe ports in one PC, tried resetting BIOS irq settings, etc. - nothing helps... The other one was installed last week in a PC I use as a web server - seems to be working quite well, stress tested 3x for 3 hrs each w/ iperf (both transmit/receive at same time). Not overly impressed w/ the full duplex bandwidth (went from 111MB/s 1/2 duplex to 77MB/s each way full duplex...) but has been stable for almost a week in one of the same PC's the first card wouldn't work in.
Overall Review: As I bought both on 2/5/2011, I'm guessing I'm out the $12 I paid for the first card that doesn't work... hopefully the 2nd card keeps working for a while (in the meantime I'm purchasing 2x Intel EXPI9301CTBLK while discounted to replace them...)
Pros: Price, SATA interface
Works with no issues
Cons: None so far - we'll see if it lasts
Overall Review: On first boot after install the PC wouldn't fully POST - powered down, went into BIOS, verified it showed in drive menu, and clicked "Save Settings". No problems every reboot since then (it's in a development box that gets rebooted frequently...)