Date Joined: 08/26/01
Pros: - 7200 RPM
- Helium filled
- 2.5 million hours mean time between failure
- 5 year warranty
- Not loud
- True enterprise drive designed to run 24x7 for years
- Power efficient
Cons: - It's a spinning SATA disk
- According to the specs, these probably do not spin down when idle
Overall Review: I got a great deal on two of these 8TB drives during the Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales. I built a new Ryzen 7 5800X on X570 PC, and I am using these drives as a SATA RAID1 for bulk storage (pictures, music, videos). These should also be great in a NAS setup.
These compare quite favorably with WD Enterprise or Black drives, providing high reliability and performance. HGST is now a subsidiary of Western Digital, and the drives are actually branded as Western Digital. These are true enterprise drives, designed to spin continuosly in large rack mounted enclosures for years.
I am also pleasantly surprised that these are not too loud. I can hear an occasional "tick tick" sound while the RAID1 initializes, but they are much quieter than I expected, and not annoying at all. For reference, my case is a Fractal Design R7 with a Noctual NH-D15 CPU cooler, and I replaced the three stock fans with Noctua NF-A14 PWM fans, with an MSI Nvidia GTX 1050 TI video card, so this is a fairly quiet computer overall.
Pros: Been using this memory in a Lenovo T61 for about five months, no complaints except that Windows XP Pro SP3 can only see 3.0 GB of the 4.0 GB available. It's not the fault of the memory, it's a Windows issue. Good timings, decent price.
Cons: Nothing to report.
Pros: Got it five years ago, it still works. No drivers needed for Windows 2000, most likely true for other OS as well.
Cons: It wasn't free? Seriously, no complaints here.
Pros: Works great. I have mine in an iRocks external USB/Firewire aluminum enclosure, with no fan. I use it for all kinds of data transfers, connected to many different computers, sometimes chugging along for an hour or more. Gets warm but not hot. Not loud. Good price.
Cons: None come to mind - it does what I bought it to do.
Pros: I flashed mine with DD-WRT pretty much immediately, so I can't comment on the software/firmware that comes with it from ASUS. I am also using a 9 dB gain directional patch antenna. This router works great, I have several computers attached to it, both wired and wireless. I work from home, use Vonage VOIP (including a FAX line), and my Tivo talks to it over WiFi. Great performance, and reliable thus far. I have had more trouble with routers failing than any other piece of equipment. Better built than Linksys WRT54GL, more capable than Buffalo WHR54GS, hasn't flaked out like my Belkin Pre-N router did. I still like both the Linksys and the Buffalo, but the ASUS is better so far (DD-WRT on all of them, so the firmware is the same). I am not using the USB ports for anything. I am pleased the wireless bits are on a mini-PCI card, so I can upgrade them at some point if I want to (e.g. going to N standard).
Cons: Didn't come with DD-WRT already installed!
Pros: Mine has been working great with Comcast cable in Atlanta since May of 2005 (over 3.5 years). Fast, no compatibility issues, just works. I see some folks have been having trouble with Comcast and Cox and giving it low marks. All I can say is it works great for me, I use the internet all the time, work from home, and my family uses the internet a lot, as does my Tivo. Voice over IP as well for home phone service, including FAX line. Basically, if this thing wasn't working right, I would surely notice.
Cons: None I have noticed - it's a cable modem, and my internet via cable works great.
Pros: I don't use it that often, but it has worked with whatever I have tried to use it with (Sun systems, various network routers and switches). I seldom need an RS-232 serial port any more, but when I do, I REALLY need it.
Cons: Have to install special software to use it, and need to set the baud rate in the device driver, which was a little strange, but overall these are minor
Pros: I have a lot of wireless adapters, but this one has been working with my wife's Windows 2000 box as her primary internet connection for over three years. I bought a different one that has a better external antenna to replace this, but never installed that one because this one never broke. Construction seems a bit lightweight, but it has withstood the test of time.
The wireless access point (Asus WL-500G Premium) is upstairs, and on the other side of the house. I do have a 9dB gain directional antenna on the wall pointed down into the house, and I am able to get excellent signal strength using this adapter even through walls/floor and over 60 feet away.
Cons: Not much - construction seems light weight and the antenna is tiny, but the thing seems to work.
Pros: Needed an AGP card for my computer, didn't want to spend a lot of money. Works fine, when my old computer died, I put the card in my son's computer. He does more gaming than me, and it worked fine for him too.
Cons: PCI-e x16 2.0 9600GT cards are now available for a few dollars more, if you aren't stuck with an old system that uses an AGP slot! I can't really deduct any points from the rating for that.
Pros: I have used it a fair bit. I always just run it from the CD and it works on every system I have used, including a Dell Inspiron 8000 running Windows 2000. Most recently used it to backup a Dell Inspiron XPS drive for which Windows XP Pro SP3 has recently refused to boot - just goes off into La-La-Land without any errors. Disk seems to be OK, got a good backup of it, and then put it in an external case.
Overall, better than Norton Ghost last time I used it, or the now-defunct Drive Image software (acquired by Symantec, and certainly better than Ghost at the time).
Cons: Software is slightly clunk to use from CD - not sure if it is a bit more friendly if installed onto a system? Even so, I don't knock off anything from the rating, because the price is pretty low.
Pros: Works great - I have swapped several drives in and out of this, and hammered the drives for hours copying things on/off of them. Gets a bit warm, but never too hot.
Cons: Firewire doesn't seem to work with all my laptops built-in firewire. I didn't knock anything off the overall rating because I am not sure if the issue is with the laptops or the enclosure. Firewire worked OK with my desktops.
Pros: Works fine, not too loud, large capacity. Price was not unreasonable.
Pros: Works fine, no complaints thus far. Price was right.
Cons: Nothing to report
Pros: It works fine, has good timing specs for the price. I have not had any problems with it in an MSI small form factor Intel 965G system using 2.8 GHz P4.
Cons: Costs the same as Gskill DDR2-1066 RAM I just ordered! Current technology is always cheapest, I guess.
Pros: I tried a LOT of portable antennas - cantenna, at least three different flat patch antennas, omni-directional antennas beyound counting - but none of them came close.
I mainly use it with my laptop, with a high gain Engenius USB wireless adapter (Engenius EUB-362 EXT, 200 mW transmit power), but I have used it with other wireless adapters too (with more typical 20-25 mW transmit power), with the same great results. I can get a working signal with this when none of the other antennae work well (or at all). It is directional: 90 degree horizontal and vertical coverage.
Very simple antenna, outstanding results, reasonable price.
Cons: My only complaint is the cable is a bit thin, and I put some duct tape on the antenna to support the cable where it enters the antenna, as I was concerned to flexing here over time might cause the cable to break but it looks like it would be easy to replace if that happen - should get less cable less with a thicker cable anyway.