Joined on 04/09/09
Team Group 128GB Micro SDXC
Pros: Replaced a 512 GB microSD card in my SurfacePro 4 tablet. 1/4 the size, but when I checked I was only using about 3.3 GB on the defective card anyway. Installed easily and I recopied all my data back to the new microSD card. Faster rated speeds than my original 512 GB microSD card.
Cons: Came formatted with exFAT but had 16 MB not formatted at the front of the card. Not sure why, but since the formatted partition was way bigger than I needed (118.41 GB) I didn't try to recover the remaining 16 MB.
Overall Review: Worked perfectly in my SurfacePro 4 for me.
ORICO 2.5 to 3.5 inch Hard Drive Adapter Converter
Pros: Handy for installing Solid State Drive's into standard 3 1/2" bays where the cables connect to the adapter/converter.
Cons: I bought these to use Solid State drives in my Athena Power MR-16TLAB 3.5" HDD Tray-less Hot-Swap Mobile Racks. Unfortunately, the ORICO Adapter SATA data and power connectors didn’t line up. They were misaligned by ~1/32”, preventing insertion. Since all of my SATA hard drives slide in & out without issue I’ve got to believe the problem is with the adapter’s floor height.
Overall Review: These Adapters/Converters need to be molded to match the exact deck height of metal 3 1/2" hard drives. To get them to slid-in, align and connect properly, I had to countersink the four brass screw inserts on the bottom of the adapter with a 7/32” drill bit and then sand down both sides of the Hard Drive Adapters plastic that slides along the Mobile Racks rails. 3m “TRI-M-ITE” 80 grit open coat silicon carbide paper made quick work of the required plastic modification. Just make sure your sand paper is on a flat surface (like a piece of glass) and you take off the same amount on both sides. After the modification my SSD’s (mounted in the ORICO Adapter/Converter) work flawlessly in several computers with Mobile Racks.
Seagate IronWolf 12TB NAS HDD.
Pros: Allowed me to combine four 2-TB HDD's from my wife's failed XP computer without her losing any data. (Her new Win 10 computer MB didn't support that many HDD's)
Cons: Trusting all her data on one HDD. (I kept her old HDD's as an off-line backup)
Overall Review: I ran all the Sea Tools tests on the 12TB NAS HDD before putting it in service. It passed all the tests but the the "Long DST" test took ~21 Hours to complete. Based on my experience with a 4-TB and the two 8-TB drives I recently purchased I was expecting this but its hard to wait that long when I wanted to get her up & running. I strongly recommend running these tests before putting a new HDD in service.
Seagate IronWolf ST8000VN004 -8 TB NAS Hard Drive
Pros: Ordered two on the 4th of Mar (Friday) and received both on the 7th (Monday 3/7/2022). Ran all of Sea Tools diagnostics on them and they passed all tests. (Note: the Long Generic test takes ~14 Hrs.). I purchased a D-Link DNS-320 NAS in 2011. It was slow and their 2.05 firmware only supported up to 3 TB hard drives. I found freeware firmware called Alt-F that can be loaded on the DNS-320 and supports the 8 TB hard drives. I loaded the Alt-F firmware and it formatted the ST8000VN004s using Ext 4 in a RAID 1 configuration resulting in a swap file and 7.2 TB of usable storage. I copied almost 4 TB of data to the old NAS, breathing new life into a previously pretty limited 2-bay NAS server.
Cons: Installing Alt-F firmware on your D-Link DNS-320 voids your warranty. Since D-Link stopped making the DNS-320 in 2015 it shouldnt be an issue for anybody who didnt recently purchase new old stock. Windows 10 showed a transfer rate between 8 MB/s and 10 MB/s, over a 10/100/1,000 ethernet connection so it took days (literally) to transfer all my data, although I attribute that to the slow DNS-320 speed and not the hard drives. When youre saving Word or Excel changes or backing up individual files instead of transferring ~4 TB of data this speed difference really isnt noticed. I should add that that I saw roughly the same speed with the 3 TB drives installed and the DLink v2.05 firmware.
Overall Review: I would recommend Seagate IronWolf ST8000VN004 NAS drives for others who want an 8 TB NAS HD. I have had two Seagate IronWolf ST8000VN0022s in a TerraMaster F4-220 NAS that has run continuously since May of 2018 without a failure. As with any new NAS hard drives, I would also recommend downloading the manufactures test utilities (like Seagate Sea Tools) and thoroughly testing the drives before putting them into NAS service. Note: for non-NAS use, Windows XP only supports up to 2 TB hard drives.
Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS Hard Drive
Pros: Ordered on the 24th of Feb and received it on the 25th. Ran all of Sea Tools diagnostics's on it and all checked good. Formatted it with NTFS. Used it to backup my Terra Master NAS (almost filled it). Terra Master trouble shot and recovered the NAS -great customer support. Sure worth the cost to have all my data backed up.
Overall Review: I would recommend this product for others who want a 4 TB NAS HD. Note: Windows XP only supports up to 2 TB.
Great for SSD's
This is the second USB-3 ORICO enclosure I've bought. Both are handy for moving large amounts of data faster than wireless or Ethernet. TIP: Stick a post-it or sticky-note on the bottom of SSD's and fold it around the end of the drive to easily lift it out of the enclosure.
Not Useable -Returned
This item arrived missing the driver CD but had a cable in the box that couldn't be used. With card installed and a USB-3 SSD HD connected to it, computer took ~ 10 minutes to boot with SSD boot drive. Problems existed in Win 10, 7, XP and Ubuntu 18.04. Card's chipset is listed by Mfg. as obsolete. Returned to Newegg for refund.