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Brian F.

Brian F.

Joined on 02/24/11

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Most Favorable Review

Great Utility drive

Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Huge storage, runs cool (33C), low power usage. Seagate software made the install a snap.

Cons: Not super fast, but it isn't intended for that.

Overall Review: This drive is a good choice for HTPCs, other general use computers that run for extended periods, and, obviously, storage. I'm pairing mine with a Raspberry Pi for low power always-on NAS, should keep Edison out of my wallet. FYI: HD Tune Pro: ST4000DM000-1F2168 Benchmark Test capacity: full Read transfer rate Transfer Rate Minimum : 73.0 MB/s Transfer Rate Maximum : 168.0 MB/s Transfer Rate Average : 136.1 MB/s Access Time : 17.8 ms Burst Rate : 176.2 MB/s CPU Usage : 18.8% Write transfer rate Transfer Rate Minimum : 71.0 MB/s Transfer Rate Maximum : 161.2 MB/s Transfer Rate Average : 132.0 MB/s Access Time : 17.3 ms Burst Rate : 139.6 MB/s CPU Usage : 21.0% Extra Tests Random seek 56 IOPS 17.942 ms 0.027 MB/s Random seek 4 KB 56 IOPS 17.749 ms 0.220 MB/s Butterfly seek 52 IOPS 19.401 ms 0.025 MB/s Random seek / size 64 KB 56 IOPS 17.925 ms 0.858 MB/s Random seek / size 8 MB 20 IOPS 49.071 ms 82.634 MB/s Sequential outer 2261 IOPS 0.442 ms 141.323 MB/s Sequential middle 2173 IOPS 0.460 ms 135.790 MB/s Sequential inner 1183 IOPS 0.846 ms 73.914 MB/s Burst rate 2946 IOPS 0.339 ms 184.126 MB/s Cache 0.5 MB 183.022 MB/s 1.0 MB 183.334 MB/s 1.5 MB 183.153 MB/s 2.0 MB 214.184 MB/s 5.0 MB 181.094 MB/s 10.0 MB 142.463 MB/s 15.0 MB 136.012 MB/s 20.0 MB 139.550 MB/s 25.0 MB 138.532 MB/s 30.0 MB 140.155 MB/s 35.0 MB 138.035 MB/s 40.0 MB 140.756 MB/s 45.0 MB 136.011 MB/s 50.0 MB 138.529 MB/s 55.0 MB 139.607 MB/s 60.0 MB 139.174 MB/s 64.5 MB 138.744 MB/s

Most Critical Review

No Judgement yet, just info

memorex 25GB 4X BD-R 15 Packs Spindle Disc Model 97854
memorex 25GB 4X BD-R 15 Packs Spindle Disc Model 97854

Pros: Very inexpensive, especially after rebate. They burn fine.

Cons: These disks are made by Ritek, who has a lousy quality record.

Overall Review: First, the Memorex disk ID : ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Unique Disc Identifier : [BD-R-SL:RITEK-BR2-000] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disc Type : [BD-R SL : Class 0 - Version 1] Manufacturer Name : [Ritek Corp.] Manufacturer ID : [RITEK] Media Type ID : [BR2] Product Revision : [000] Stamper Date : [Not Present On Disc] Layer Info : [1 Layer (L0) : 25.03 GB (23.31 GiB) Per Layer] Blank Disc Capacity : [12,219,392 Sectors = 25.03 GB (23.31 GiB)] Recording Speeds : [1x , 2x , 4x] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- [ DVD Identifier V5.2.0 ] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, the issue: " Ritek/ Ridata went through a major quality problem for all the Blu ray disks it sold up until the second quarter of 2010. The media degraded so fast that BD-R disks manufactured by Ritek often became unreadable in a few months, causing data loss. Both Ritek/ Ridata and Memorex (outsourced to Ritek at the time) showed a massive percentage of user reviews testifying about data loss. The problem was so acute that Ritek had to stop most of its production and switch to Philips licensed media." Paraphrased from media review. I would think that the problem disks would be long out of the system. The question is, what kind of company would allow it to happen in the first place? If I have trouble with these, I'll be sure to pass it along.

Great drive so far

Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN000 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN000 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Quiet, runs cool, low power consumption.

Cons: None so far. Note that this is a storage drive, not a performance drive.

Overall Review: I ran a full surface test, no issues were found. Read speed was between 77-151 MB/s (124.5 avg), write speed 78-148MB/s (124.5 avg). This was about 50% faster than my 3-4 year old 1.5G Seagate SATA300 5900RPM drive, 2-3 % slower than a current Seagate SATA600 5900RPM drive. I'm amazed by this drive's 1M hour MTBF rating, that's over 114 years. For Server or NAS applications, this drive is the way to go.

So far, so good

ASUS Black 12X Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
ASUS Black 12X Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS

Pros: Good price, hopefully that rebate will make it even better. Installed on Win7 without a problem. I didn't use the included software, so I can't comment on that. Burned 6 Blu-ray disks and several DVDs (R and RW) all went fine.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I was looking for a Blu-ray player, saw this for $50 (after $20 rebate) and bit. Wonder if it'll play nice with a Raspberry Pi w/XBMC???

First ME, then Vista, now this

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade

Pros: Cheap upgrade?...no, it's a downgrade. It's easy to get to standard desktop, and bypass the "Metro" interface.

Cons: Applications freeze, computer reboots with NO WARNING!

Overall Review: I got this as a direct download from Microsoft for my Thinkpad X61 convertible tablet, which has a pen-enabled screen. I get constant nags about Win8 software upgrades, many of which are announcements of a restart, no "restart at a later time" option. I'll be cheritable and say I think they pushed this one out the door too early. I've always disliked the "Metro" interface. When they changed their Zune (stop laughing!) software to this format, I stopped using it, I won't use Media Center, either. It's a sorry interface.

Surprisingly small

DIAMOND MP700 HD Media Wonder Mini Media Player
DIAMOND MP700 HD Media Wonder Mini Media Player

Pros: Works well, inexpensive after rebate. Works with both USB and SD cards.

Cons: Somewhat limited file type support, no HDMI out

Overall Review: I got this for a friend so I wouldn't need to burn DVDs for her, she got frustrated with it, so I'm back in the DVD business. I have no issues using it. The rebate was in the form of a check, rather than reward card, a plus.