Joined on 11/27/06
Pros: Cheap, very reasonable speeds, comes with cables for every situation.
Cons: There are no Windows 7 drivers on Rosewill's site. I had to read through 7 pages of reviews to find someone else's review saying you had to get them from VIA's website. I wanted to post another review so people trying this with Windows 7 don't pull their hair out!
Overall Review: Windows 7 Drivers: http://www.via.com.tw/en/support/drivers.jsp Select "IDE, RAID, & SATA" from Dropdown 3, Then Select "Discrete Serial ATA RAID controllers VT6420/1" from Dropdown 4
Didn't think it would happen to me, but DOA
Pros: Huge and only 79.99 with coupon code.
Cons: Using Windows 7 64bit, the system hangs for 5-10 minutes if the drive is plugged in. When Disk Management finally loads, the drive cannot be formatted. I tried with Windows Format and Acronis True Image for WD provided by the WD website. I got "unable to write to sector #####" with Acronis True Image, and "Unable to format" with Disk Management. Tried multiple systems / external enclosures with the same results.
Overall Review: Waiting on the RMA process now, hopefully I get a good one this time. There are a TON of reviews on here from people with DOA drives... As with just about any hard drive. I just figured they were most likely "ID10T errors" and that there's no way that these drives were that unreliable. Not sure if it was due to the box being dented when UPS delivered it (maybe the UPS guy took out some frustrations by kicking the box), or maybe WD has dropped the ball. If the 2nd one is also DOA I will seriously start to re-consider my life as a computer geek and maybe I'll just go outside and breathe some fresh air.
Pros: Screen looks good, plenty of connectivity
Cons: The built-in speakers are a joke. Like, they're so bad it's almost funny. Why would you even bother if they're going to be this bad? I was also hoping that the USB ports would provide enough power for a Chromecast, but nope... doesn't work.
Overall Review: I wanted this monitor to serve as a self-contained media device. Attach a Chromecast to the HDMI port, powered by the USB port, with speakers that were decent enough for it's purpose. Unfortunately... my experiment was a failure. I had to run external power for the Chromecast, and a line out to a portable speaker to get usable sound. I mean, I knew it wasn't going to be mind-blowing audio... but it's just so, so bad.
Works Perfectly, Don't listen to negative Reviews
Pros: Worked instantly after installing software that comes with it. With no configuration at all, drives work as JBOD, and setting up mirroring on selected channels took 2 seconds. I am using drives of multiple size, manufacturer, and a mix of green/black drives. Not having an issue with any of them at all. Also not sure what the deal is with the bad reviews on here. This is the best thing I've purchased in a long time, and it's something I've needed forever. Thanks to the recent $100+ price drop, I went for it, and I'm very glad I did. 8 drives w/ 2 cables solved all of my problems. (I had 3 drives that I had to swap into a top-loading external enclosure when I needed to use them)
Cons: Would have liked the option to turn off the blue light on the fan. Not worth taking an egg off for though. The fan is huge, cool, and quiet. Just not a fan of the neon lights.
Overall Review: Looks awesome next to my Antec P183 case, which looks identical, only 2x the size.
Hard Drive Failed
Pros: Best looking laptop I've ever seen. Was working great, faster than my desktop. Fingerprint reader works perfectly.
Cons: Complete hard drive failure within 5 months. Most of the time it was fine, but there were a couple of random BSODs probably 2 months apart from eachother. After running the built in hard drive test, it would seem OK. But then today out of nowhere it gives the "immanent hard drive failure" error and the scan freezes on 0%. Putting the drive in an external enclosure and plugging into my desktop results in everything freezing immediately, and then returning to normal as soon as the enclosure is powered off.
Overall Review: I guess that is the risk you take when ordering a refurb. Everything else is in seemingly perfect condition, and I was very happy with it until this point. But I have used this as an excuse to order a SSD so I guess that will be something.
Thanks for the $80 paperweight ... again
Pros: Great when they work ... cheap ... but ...
Cons: Ordered one of these a couple months ago, and it was DOA. The replacement works, but it's always a huge pain when you have to return the item and wait for a new one. But when I got my replacement I was happy. So I ordered another one and it just came 5 minutes ago... DOA ... again...... My computer completely locks on the windows screen if this drive is plugged in at all. It worked when I first plugged it in, so I started to transfer the contents of a 1.5tb drive to it. After about 10gb it just stopped and the computer became unresponsive. Now if the drive is plugged in at all, it won't even boot up ... it just locks on the windows screen. It's not a sata/raid driver issue as I know can happen with large drives.... When I replace my other working (but still a replacement) WD20EARS 2tb drive with this, it still does the same thing.
Overall Review: Is there no quality control at WD? I know these drives are cheap ... but there's nothing worse than getting your new 2tb drive in the mail and plugging it in and instantly being disappointed.