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Mr. M.

Mr. M.

Joined on 12/30/04

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Most Favorable Review

Good transfer rates, small footprint

WD 1TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG0010BBK-NESN
WD 1TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG0010BBK-NESN

Pros: Bought a pair of the WD Elements in 1 TB (for the price, seemed like a no brainer....). Drive comes with the usual USB 3 cable, proprietary type, but you can insert a USB 2.0 Micro cable in to one portion of the plug but would be limited to 2.0 USB speed. At least if you lost the included cable, you wouldn't be up a creek without a paddle, I've tried it, it works. BTW, the passport works the same way, with regards to being able to use either cable.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I had previously bought a WD Passport 2 TB drive, which is why when I needed another, I went back to western digital. When I saw the Element, it appears to be identical to the passport, measurements listed are the same. After some research, there is a difference in the firmware between the two drive where the passport loads an SCS driver, of what the purpose is, I am not certain. Perhaps it pertains to being able to encrypt the data on the passport, but that is optional. On this drive there were two folder along with two files. An Adobe file mentioned the use of the included trial of WD smartware Pro (which is in one of the folders), an auto run file which points to the other folder that contains one file, a WD icon. So in stock form, when you view your devices from my computer, this drive would have the WD icon by it. Pretty catchy.... Even though the sizes show identical between this and the passport, this drive is actually smaller. Maybe a 1/16" shorter in both length and width, and close to an 1/8" thinner. Perhaps that is the difference in the passport being a 2 TB drive and these being a 1 TB drive, but I wouldn't think so. I use these drives to store OS images on from my various PC's. Had I know then, when I bought the passport, what I know now, I would most likely just bought whichever one was cheaper at the time. The passport came with the SCS driver and wd smartware (the freebie version which to me is useless, windows backup is more intuitive). and some other software for data encryption, which I wouldn't use anyways. I was just going to get the 500 GB element when it came up on sale, but the 1 TB was only ten bucks more, wasn't on sale. That's the no brainer.

Most Critical Review

Replacement drive, DOA

WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: With this drive, and my experience with it, absolutely none.

Cons: Original drive lasted a week, replacement drive wouldn't be recognized by any of 3 different PC's. Spins up and just clicks.

Overall Review: This drive in no way reflects on Newegg, which is a great company to deal with. First drive I just submitted a RMA for replacement, shipped it back on my dime. Second drive, I submitted and RMA for replacement, but then though otherwise and wanted to cut my losses with this particular line of drives and called Newegg to change the RMA from a replacement to a refund, explaining that at 12 bucks a pop to ship the deffective unit back was starting to add up and if the third arrived deffective, well.... They gladly changed the RMA to a refund and also issued a return shipping label so that I do not have to pay shipping again. I've used Western Digital almost exclusively, and will continue to do so. I've never purchased one of their 'Black' drives, instead opting for either the Green or Blue drives (out of 7 of those, all 7 have been excellent). I only picked up this drive one a sale price, just to give it a try since the 'Black' drive is supposed to be their best desktop hard drive. I'll just stick with the Blue and Green label drives for my desktop needs from now on.

what is this freezing?

ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I've had this board running my whs2011 server for over a year now and like the other three ASRock MB's I have, it's rock solid. Perhaps it is the low price point catching the eye of a new PC builder with little to no experience, IDK, just know ASRock is alright by me. This board in particular is a great value, hard to find a sub 100.00 board with SLI, and they wisely put the PCI-e in a spot where the GPU won't interfere like so many others.

Cons: Due to the board being narrower than some, it doesn't have support on the edge opposite the I/O panel. If this bothers you, or you are ham fisted, you can get standoffs to support the edge of the board.

Overall Review: Buying a second on of these boards for a spare for my 1155 systems, not many options these days for LGA 1155 ATX boards.

original purchase date 6/5/2012

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL

Pros: Previously reviewed this RAM upon completion of the new PC build. It's been an extremely fast ram, was setup in bios with XMP.

Cons: Unfortunately, it appears one memory module has become defective. Started having a few BSoD's just a few months back and they've increased in frequency to the point they were happening nearly ever night and a couple times throughout the day. Originally thought it was my GTX670 FTW Sig2 as whocrashed kept referencing this drive, swapped video cards, same issue. Decided to pull one pair of the RAM modules. Apparently I pulled a good pair, instant BSoD on bootup, before windows loads. Have narrowed it down to the offending module, all others will boot and not BSoD in any memory slot, or in any combination of the memory.

Overall Review: I buy G Skill exclusively, have it in all 7 desktop PC's, this is the first time I've ever had one go bad. Have contacted G Skill support and will await to see how their support is. Will post back if module is replaced.

Good green drives (2TB)

Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Never had a problem with the EZRX green drives, but then again, never had a problem with any of the other models of WD green drives including EURS and EARX.

Cons: none, they arrived in just the knick of time!

Overall Review: My servers client backup drive was down to ~10GB free space when I ordered these, it was down to ~1GB free space when they arrived two days later. Replaced that drive with these green drives and used drive pool to combine the drives as well as enable file duplication. If one were to fail, this allows me to still access the same files on the functioning drive.

Good price, works without hassle

NETGEAR 5 Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (GS605AV)
NETGEAR 5 Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (GS605AV)

Pros: It just works, no fuss, no muss. Connected to my Netgear router, connected my Sony STR-DN1020 AVR and my Samsung UN46D6000 TV to this device. Both units have internet access, streams audio and video from a router connected HTPC to both AVR and TV as it should without issue.

Cons: none