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Hui C.

Hui C.

Joined on 05/10/05

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Most Favorable Review

Skip all hacks, just run WD Align CD and you are good to go

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: The disk is fast, quiet and cheap (per GB). It paves ways to get familiar with the advanced format disks that's going to take over the market eventually. After applying the WD Align-ment, I benchmarked transfer of 70G data to be under 20 minutes; that was more than two times faster than transfer the same amount of data to the 7200 rpm Seagate disk it replaces (but that one has bad sectors that's why it's slow to reallocate, anyway). The 5400 rpm really does not seem to slow down the disk, IF you have the partitions aligned correctly on 4K boundaries.

Cons: The WD Align tool should come with each of the disk sold, even if that adds $1 to the total cost. The label on the disk says that it will work with Other OS without adjustment, which is definitely incorrect with regard to Linux.

Overall Review: Here is how I make it works nicely on a Redhat Linux system. Forget about all the hacks you can find in Google; they may or may not work. What I did was simply partition the disk as I like it to be, and then, download and boot into the WD Align tool to have it correct my partitions. You can find the WD Align tool on the URL listed on the disk packaging. For the WD Align tool to recognize the partitions, you need to initially format them using mkfs.vat command. It doesn't matter if it's a Linux partition (code 82) or a Linux swap (code 83); just format them all to VFAT. After WD Align finished its job, you may now format the partitions to their right types.

Most Critical Review

Last about three years

macally G-S350SUA Aluminum 3.5" SATA USB & 1394 & eSATA External Enclosure
macally G-S350SUA Aluminum 3.5" SATA USB & 1394 & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: Sleek looking, solid construction, multiple connection options (eSASTA, USB, firewire), and descent price when compared to other enclosures with similar options.

Cons: Does not last long enough. I have bought four of these in the past few years but three of them have already died in about 3 year of use. The symptom is intermittent disconnect of the drive until it totally gives out. Took out the hard drives to test and proved it's the enclosures that are dying, not the hard drives.

Overall Review: I would hope these can last longer until I can throw out the old disks and their enclosures when they both come of age. Now I have to buy new enclosures for the 640 GB hard drives that are limited by today's size standard but still too young to be tossed out.

Great customer service

Brother HL Series HL-5250DN Workgroup Up to 30 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
Brother HL Series HL-5250DN Workgroup Up to 30 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: Got the new Brother printer after reading the other reviews here on Newegg. When printing the test pages, I noticed a series of dots on the left edge of each page. Called their customer service to check if they have any clue before I must return the printer. It is a BIG surprise to me that I can get to talk to a real person without much waiting AND the nice customer service lady spent about 15 minutes on the phone walking through some steps to try to fix the problem. After we failed these checks, she offered to send me a complete new set of drum/toner. Got the set in three business days and have no problem now. Amazing customer service for a mere $200 plus printer. I have bought thousand dollar equipment but can't get anywhere closer to this level of service with other vendors.

Cons: The drum/toner produced tiny dots on the left edge of the paper. However, the replacement fixed that problem at no cost to me. I actually get a free toner cartridge after this.

Overall Review: My next printer and so on will be from Brother.