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Robert S.

Robert S.

Joined on 12/05/03

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Most Favorable Review

They Work!

Optical Quantum 50GB 6X BD-R DL 10 Packs Spindle Disc Model OQBDRDL06LT-10
Optical Quantum 50GB 6X BD-R DL 10 Packs Spindle Disc Model OQBDRDL06LT-10

Pros: Semi-affordable price and they work reliably. So far I've burned 6 of these without a coaster (Pioneer BRD 209 burner in a Mac Pro, using Image Burn in Windows XT running under VM Ware Fusion and Mac OS 10.6.8) Just to be safe, I burn at 2x speed even though the disc and burner supposedly support faster. (At these prices, pushing for speed doean't seem worth the risk.)

Cons: None, though I hope the price will continue to come down with time.

Overall Review: Before these came along, I could never find DL blanks for less than $15 EACH, which precluded any kind of practical use. At $5 (less in the larger packs), a simple one-click back-up of unique or expensive BR content is a realistic option.

12/26/2012
Most Critical Review

Died in 2 years

AMS DS-2316SUESBK 3.5" SATA USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
AMS DS-2316SUESBK 3.5" SATA USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: Very quick & easy set up. Quiet internal fan

Cons: Died in just over 2 years. Worrisome internal construction

Overall Review: This is the quickest to assemble drive enclosure I've seen, though they're all pretty easy. However, the tray that carries the drive seems pretty cheesy, and has a worrisome rattly after it's all put together. It worked fine for 2 years then died. Testing with a know-good drive showed that it poered the drive up, but couldn't read a thing, supporting another reveier's contention that these guys use a perticularly cheap and unreliable chipset. I replaced it with the Antec MX-1: roughly the same price here at NewEgg and the same internal fan design, but a much more solid feeling drive carrier, with shock padding for the drive and more secure hold-downs for both the drive itself and the carrier. Time will tell on the electronic reliability, but right now, it seems the better choice.

Mac workaround required. Otherwise great drive

Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-206BKS
Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-206BKS

Pros: Works smoothly on every kind of disc I've fed it. So far, it has burned several Rydata single layer Blu Rays at around 4-5x speed with perfect burns and no coasters. (Using Toast 10 set on "auto" speed.)

Cons: If you use this on a Mac Pro (as I am) it is CRITICAL that the "Energy Saver" system preference be set with "Put the hard disc(s) to sleep when possible" NOT checked. If that feature is left on, the Mac OS will "lose" the Pioneer drive completely after any period of inactivity (also potentially causing apps to freeze and other horrors.) If this happens, the only way to find the drive again is to re-boot the Mac. Once I had to do a complete power off and pull the plug for 10 minutes to get it to boot from scratch and find the Pioneer drive again. However, as long as you have that preference set correctly, it behaves perfectly.

Overall Review: NewEgg really needs to flag their product listing for this drive with a caution about the Mac bug (as several other retail sites do.) I'm sure it will eventually be fixed in a firmware update or a Mac OS patch, but until then, people who don't live and breathe this stuff need to be warned.

12/30/2010

Update on DVR incompatibility

Western Digital WD Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Very quiet and working fine in my Mac Pro.

Cons: I just confirmed on the DBS Talk forum (Satellite TV users) that the problem I had trying to make this drive work with a DirecTv HR20 DVR is identical to everyone else who has tried it. The problem is not with WD "green" drives as such. It is specific to the WD Drives with "EARS" in their part number. (There is this one and a 2TB EARS model.) Something about the geometry of the EARS drives is incompatible with using them as an outboard eSATA with these DVRs.

Warning: will not work with DirecTv DVR

Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: This problem is unique to a specific application. As far as I know the drive works fine in most general purpose computers.

Cons: The Western Digital drives with the "EARS" part number do not work as an outboard eSATA drive with the DirecTV HD DVRs (Type HR20, HR23, etc.) I had a terrible experience with the 1TB version of this drive (detailed there) and have since confirmed in the DBS Talk forum that my experience was consistent with everyone who has tried to use an EARS drive in this application. The folks on the forum say it's a specific bug having to do with the "unique geometry" of the EARS series. (I haven't pursued the explanation beyond that) My 1TB EARS is working just fine as an inboard drive on my Mac Pro.

No good as External disk for DVR

Western Digital WD Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Very quiet. Seems to work fine in my Mac Pro as a back-up/Time Machine drive.

Cons: I bought this originally to use as an external eSATA drive with a Direct TV HR20-700 DVR. I mounted it in a new Antic MX-1 enclosure (Which I HIGHLY recommend) but it was USELESS! Any operation that involved hard disk access (which means virtually every operation of the DVR) slowed to a dead crawl. It took a full minute for it to just change a channel or scroll down in the guide. Also video playback from the disk was full of breakups and freezes. I own three of these DVRs and have used a number of different external hard disks with them and never encountered this problem before. When I swapped it with the WD Caviar Black 1TB drive I was using for backup in my Mac, all was well with the DVR (Which I expected, since I've been using a Caviar Black in one of the other HR20s for several years.)

Overall Review: I can't believe that this drive is just too slow to handle the demands of an HD DVR. Also, it seems to handle video playback fine in the Mac. My guess is that there is some sort of weird incompatibility between the Caviar Green and the OS of the DVR.