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Douglas Y.

Douglas Y.

Joined on 05/01/08

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Most Favorable Review

A solid drive

DANE-ELEC 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) DA-SDM25-160G-N-T-MK
DANE-ELEC 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) DA-SDM25-160G-N-T-MK

Pros: * It's a kit. It has everything you need to clone the old drive onto the new drive. * It comes with an external 2.5" enclosure. You use it to house the old drive during the cloning process, and then afterwards it's a great way to keep using the old drive as a backup device. * The firmware for this drive is stable. (Translation: they aren't still discovering bugs that risk your data.) * I got it at a fire-sale price.

Cons: * I'm not richer.

Overall Review: Read some of the online reviews for this model ("Intel X25-M G1") and decide for yourself whether features like TRIM are worth it. TRIM periodically zeroes out the unused sectors, making it slightly faster to write to the drive next time. (The alternative is it has to do three steps: read-erase-rewrite.) TRIMmed drives are slightly faster because it always has fresh (zeroed) sectors around. For me, the G1 drive is just as fast as other SSDs, even without TRIM, so completely worth it. I read that TRIM can mess up some filesystems and partitions. If you are running Linux or multi-boot, you *need* a G1 drive. You can manually trim -- by backing up the entire drive, zeroing it, and copying data back. But you should be doing regular full backups anyway (every 3-4 months) so, not a big deal for me. Garbage Collection is a feature in other drives, related to TRIM, but you have to enter BIOS mode and leave it for 6-8 hours. Not worth it. You could do a manual trim & backup in tha

Most Critical Review

Rebate never arrives.

Samsung Over-The-Ear Bluetooth Headset w/ Multipoint / Noise Reduction / Up To 7 Hours Talk Time (HM1100)
Samsung Over-The-Ear Bluetooth Headset w/ Multipoint / Noise Reduction / Up To 7 Hours Talk Time (HM1100)

Pros: It has a shape that makes it a headset.

Cons: Rebate never arrives. I overpaid for this thing then, and I wouldn't want to see others do the same.

It's not the size, it's what you can do with it.

StarTech.com IDE1810U2Z Aluminum 1.8" IDE USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure for LIF/ZIF HDD
StarTech.com IDE1810U2Z Aluminum 1.8" IDE USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure for LIF/ZIF HDD

Pros: - It generally does what a drive enclosure should do. It encloses a 1.8" hard drive. It has a ZIF connector inside and comes with two different length zif ribbons.

Cons: - Side aluminum feels flimsy compared to other aluminum enclosures I've owned. It's malleable. But it comes with a padded pleather carrier, so as long as you treat the thing right, it should be fine. - Price is a little high. But if you are looking for a 1.8" IDE-ZIF enclosure, this is one of your only options, so, worth every penny.

Overall Review: - At first I thought this wouldn't fit my Toshiba MK8009GAH 1.8" hard drive, because the drive appeared to be too long and rested up against the circuit board when I tried to close the case. Then I realized the enclosure comes with two outer-frame brackets -- one for stout drives and one for long drives. I put the drive in the bigger bracket, and then called my Uncle Bob.

Great little item to get with a SSD

COOLMAX HD-250BZ-U2 Aluminum 2.5" Copper SATA I/II USB 2.0 External Enclosure
COOLMAX HD-250BZ-U2 Aluminum 2.5" Copper SATA I/II USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: * It comes with a nice hard-shell faux-leather carrier, which is big enough to carry the drive/case and a few other accessories like cords and dongs. * Drive controller works with SSDs. * USB and eSata cable included!

Cons: * Doesn't ward off zombies.

Overall Review: * If you're buying an SSD, get one of these enclosures too, to use with your old mechanical hard drive. This is the best one at its price point.