Reliable workhorse10/14/2016 12:08:36 PM

Pros: Great data transfer speeds. RAID 6 and RAID 60 for extra redundancy. Extremely reliable, especially compared to cards I've tried from other manufacturers.

Cons: Gets hot when doing multi-terabyte copies from one RAID array to another, but the card still performs reliably.

Overall Review: I own 3 of these cards. Currently, 2 cards are in one computer, and the 3rd card is in a second computer, but when Kaby Lake is released I'll build a 3rd computer and transfer one of the cards from the first machine to the new (3rd) machine. I'll also buy 10Gbit Ethernet cards to plug into PCIe x8 slots on the motherboards to facilitate rapid transfer of data. 1Gbit Ethernet just isn't fast enough for large data transfers. I bought 3 of these cards (not all at once) because I'm a big believer in maintaining multiple copies of ALL my data. In 30 years I've permanently lost data 3 times because I didn't have complete backups. I've finally learned my lesson. No matter how reliable your current/favorite brand of hard drives, eventually they DO fail. Note that RAID6 and RAID60 provide redundancy, but REDUNDANCY is NOT the same thing as a FULL BACKUP. The first card is running 24 3TB HGST NAS drives in a RAID 60 configuration (12 drives in each of two RAID 6 arrays that are then striped together for RAID 60). This yields 54.5TB of usable storage, with 4 drives for redundancy. The 2nd card currently has 20 4TB HGST NAS drives, in RAID 6. Later I will add 4 more drives, but reconfigure to RAID 60 for extra redundancy. The current configuration yields 65TB of usable storage, with 2 drives for redundancy. Since this array is essentially used to back up the first one, I think I'm pretty safe for now, but when I add 4 more drives, I'll switch to RAID60 to give even more redundancy. The 3rd card currently has 16 6TB HGST NAS drives in RAID 60 (8 drives per RAID 6 array, striped together). Eventually I will buy 8 more drives and re-configure the array into three RAID 6 arrays of 8 drives each, then stripe them together in RAID 60, thus allowing up to 6 drives to fail (2 per RAID6 stripe) without losing data. The current 16 drive configuration also yields 65TB of usable storage, so it's a perfect match to the storage array on the second card - the one with the 4TB drives. Of course, I keep at least one spare hard drive of each capacity on hand so I can instantly replace a failed drive. So far I haven't had any HGST NAS drives fail on me, but the oldest array (the one with the 3TB drives) is only 2 years old, so it will be interesting to see if all 24 drives survive the 3 year warranty period. We're well into the 2nd decade of the 21st Century, and its astounding to realize how much of our lives are stored in digital format. Not just business data, but personal records - tax returns, music, photos, home videos - it all adds up, and I would be devastated to lose ANY of it. It has taken 2+ years to get to the point where I feel like I have a fairly good data protection strategy in place. My next step after building the Kaby Lake computer will be to transfer one of the computers to another location so that I have protection against fire, flood or theft. I have a fast Verizon FiOS connection, and so does my brother, so it will be interesting to see if our 90 Megabit connections will provide adequate bandwidth. So long as I copy data on a regular basis, the day-to-day transfers shouldn't overwhelm our bandwidth. (Hopefully.) I've bought RAID Controller cards from other manufacturers in years past, starting with 8-drive RAID5/RAID50 cards, and eventually trading up to these 24-drive Areca cards as my storage requirements outgrew 8-drive solutions. I won't mention the other companies by name, but suffice to say that their controller cards failed at VERY inconvenient times (isn't that always the way?). I'm not saying that other companies don't have good 24-drive cards, but I'm not interested in experimenting. I'm satisfied with Areca and will stick with them.

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Great drives for large capacity RAID arrays10/10/2016 1:03:45 AM

Pros: Good price when they go on sale, which happens several times a year. Fast, quiet and reliable. 3 year warranty

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: I bought 16 of these drives over a two month period (January and February 2016). Put them into production on my newest file server in late February, after performing a low-level format and stress testing the drives to make sure I didn't have any weak ones that would die early. The drives are configured as RAID 60 (two sets of eight drives in RAID 6 striped together). This means any two drives in either RAID 6 stripe could fail and I still wouldn't lose my data. Theoretically, you could have a total of 4 failed drives (2 on each of the RAID 6 stripes) without losing data, but of course, in real life, you'd replace a failed drive immediately to regain the 2-drive redundancy. These disks have been running 24/7 since I put them into production and I haven't had any drives fail on me yet. I'm very happy with HGST NAS drives. I also have twenty 4TB HGST NAS drives on another file server and twenty-four 3TB HGST NAS drives on a 3rd older server. I've tried many brands over the last 20 years and have had successes and failures with all brands, but at the moment it seems that HGST NAS drives are the best. Keep in mind that REDUNDANCY is not the same as a BACKUP. That's why, over the years, I've gotten to the point where I have 3 files servers, one primary server and 2 backup servers. I don't EVER want to lose data again. It was bad enough in the 80's when you could lose a few Megabytes, and worse in the 90's when we started thinking in terms of Gigabytes. But we're well into the Terabyte age of Personal Storage. It's getting to the point where we can store (and lose) our entire lives if we don't get serious about protecting our data.

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Best RAID6 controller card on the market.3/6/2016 11:45:46 AM

Pros: Controls up to 28 hard drives if you buy a cable for the external port. RAID6 is an absolute must these days.

Cons: Pricey, but then again, it's a niche market, not a mass market, so I guess cards like this will always be expensive.

Overall Review: This is my 3rd Areca card and I'm well pleased. I bought the first one (with 4GB on-board cache) almost 5 years ago, and it's given me such great service (still running in the original file-server computer) that I recently bought two more, although they were out of stock on the model with 4GB cache, so the new ones have just 2GB cache. As far as I can tell, this hasn't caused any slow-downs on data transfers. I put the 2nd controller in an empty slot on the original file server, and the computer recognized the 2nd controller with no conflict. I added sixteen 4TB HGST NAS drives to the new controller and set it up as RAID6. Then, a few weeks later I built a second RAID6 array using twelve 6TB HGST NAS drives. Soon I will put the 3rd controller card into a 2nd file server that I will build. At that time I'll probably transfer the twelve 6TB HGST drives to the new machine and use it strictly as a backup to the files on the first machine. That way I'll still have empty slots for more drives on the 2nd and 3rd controller cards for that inevitable time when I have to add more storage. The cards are expensive, and can take a bit of time to learn how to use all the functions - like the fact that a single array can be divided up into multiple volumes, which is probably important to commercial users, but I just use each array as a single huge volume for my media files. I see that Areca has recently introduced a new version of these cards with a different type of cable connector for the hard drives. There's probably a good reason why they changed the connector, but I decided to stick with this older model since I'm already familiar with it and have had good service. I recommend these cards to anyone who has outgrown 4 or 8-drive NAS boxes. And IMHO RAID6 is a must. RAID5 just doesn't give enough redundancy. The chance of a second drive failure occurring while rebuilding a data set increases with the amount of time it takes to rebuild an array. I started out 5 years ago with sixteen 1.5TB drives, and within a year added a dozen 3TB drives (28 drives on a single controller card, yay!). Now the new controllers are using 4TB and 6TB drives, and let me tell you, initializing an array or rebuilding an array after replacing a failed drive takes a LOT longer with these new larger drives. I hate to think how long it would take to rebuild an array using 8TB or 10TB drives. In any case, I feel a lot more confident now that I finally have all my files backed up to additional arrays. Remember that FAULT TOLERANCE (RAID 1, 5, or 6) is NOT the same as a BACKUP! Fault Tolerance is an absolute necessity to protect your data, because you can never tell when a drive will fail. But Fault Tolerance does not negate the need for a complete Backup.

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Does the job.3/6/2016 11:14:22 AM

Pros: Bought six of these for my newest Areca controller card. Works the way they are supposed to. No problems.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: They're actually a bit too long, but then again, half-meter cables would have been too short. If I could find these in 3/4 meter lengths I'd buy a few.

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Quality build. Great appearance - lots of blinking lights. Ha!2/6/2016 10:41:13 PM

Pros: I've read some reviews here where people expressed disappointment in the build quality - flimsy drive doors that break easily, cheap (or loud) fans. Makes me wonder if they received the same product I did. I bought 6 of these during the Holiday Season when they were on sale and I love them. And none of the pictures do justice to the product. I didn't realize it had these great looking front panel lights that glow blue (to indicate the drives are online) and blink red when data is being read or written. They look so much better than my old 4-drive cages from Lian-Li. I wish I'd known about this product a long time ago.

Cons: Haven't found any yet, except, of course, that the normal price is w-a-y too high.

Overall Review: It's a great product, but the regular price makes it a boutique item. If they'd drop the price 30% they'd probably sell 10 times as many of these things. Anyone with a 4-drive or greater RAID array would buy them.

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People who buy 1 drive should not write reviews5/26/2015 11:46:50 AM

Pros: Price - capacity - reliability

Cons: Quality control from ALL HD manufacturers needs to be better. HGST rates the best in terms of reliability, but ALL hard drives fail eventually, so don't cry if your disk fails and you don't have a complete offline or nearline backup somewhere.

Overall Review: NAS drives are NOT meant to be used as Stand Alone drives, so anybody who buys just ONE of these is naive. RAID1 is OK, but drives of this capacity scream for a RAID6 array (2 redundant drives). Therefore, the minimum RAID6 array needs 4 hard drives, but most commercial users think in terms of 8 to 12 drives. They also buy a couple of extra drives because a) any batch of 8 to 12 drives is likely to have at least 1 drive that's either DOA or fails within 2 weeks, and b) you never can tell when a drive will fail, so even if your array has been running problem free for months or even years, you need to have spare drives for that inevitable time when a drive finally does fail (usually at a very inconvenient time - Murphy's Law). Also, all those who are complaining that HGST doesn't have an advance replacement service - read above. You are extremely naive if you don't understand that professional/commercial users ALWAYS have extra drives (that have already been tested by extensive read/write tests) sitting on a shelf so they can replace a failed drive IMMEDIATELY! You want to make sure that those spare drives have been extensively tested becuase you don't want to pull that spare drive off the shelf and open the box and find out that it too is DOA or has other problems (like noise and random seeks) that indicate the drive may fail soon. And you need a RAID6 array because you may have a 2nd drive fail while rebuilding the array. If you have a 2nd drive fail while rebuilding a RAID5 array, you're out-of-luck, but a RAID6 array will finish the rebuild, and then you will need a 2nd spare drive to replace the 2nd failed one, and do the rebuild yet again to get back to your 2-drive redundant system. It's great to live in a world where even high-end home computers can have multiple Terabytes of storage, but if you're not prepared to buy 4 drives at a time (4 is the minimum required for a RAID6 array) and a professional grade controller card, you're just setting yourself up for the day when you'll experience a catastrophic loss of data.

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Watch for it to go on sale8/4/2014 10:07:00 AM

Pros: A bit pricy, but I got mine on sale for 30 bucks each. I ordered 2, but now I wish I had ordered more. I

Cons: None that I can see.

Overall Review: I ordered 2, but now I wish I had ordered more. I do computer repairs at home, and often receive batches of ultra small form factor computers. I sometimes have 20 or more of these little machines on my workbench, so until I bought these 12-port surge protectors, I was always short of sockets to plug them in for testing. I plugged my 2 surge protectors into a standard wall outlet, and then mounted the protectors on my wall at bench level, so I don't even have to get down on the floor anymore to reach an outlet.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
I own three of these2/21/2013 3:58:54 AM

Pros: Cheap Quiet Reliable Nice layout - ports on the back where they belong, and lights on the front.

Cons: None. Great product.

Overall Review: I wired my house with Cat6 cable way back in 2003. Unfortunately, at the time, I never imagined I would have more than one computing device per room. Now I have 3 rooms with multiple computers and networked color laser printers. I wasn't about to tear out the walls again to run more cable, and wireless is a poor substitute, both in terms of speed and reliability, so I just bought an 8-port switch for each room everything works great.

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Indicator lights number vertically - ports numbered horizontally?2/21/2013 3:35:51 AM

Pros: Cheap price. All ports perform at Gbit speed. Absolutely silent operation.

Cons: The port indicator lights are in 4 rows of 6 columns. The first column is numbered 1 through 4, the second column 5 through 8, and so on. But the ports themselves are arranged in 2 rows of 12 columns, numbered 1 through 12 on the top row, and 13 through 24 on the bottom. I have other 8 and 16 port switches where the indicator lights are above the top row ports, and below the botom row ports, making it far, far easier to tell if the port is dead or the cable is bad (no lights), or if the port is operating at 100Mbps (orange light), or 1Gps (green light). This stupid arrangement of lights on the left side of the switch, oriented in a different manner than the actual ports drives me crazy. Who designs stuff light this?

Overall Review: Is it just me, or does anyone else wish the lights were on the front panel and the ports were on the back? I have several 8 port Gbit switches from other manufacturers with the lights on the front and the ports on the back (along with the power cable and on/off switch) thus keeping all the cable clutter in the back, out of the way, with easy to read lights on the front panel. But I have so far been unable to find a 16 or 24 port switch with the same configuration. I often wonder if the people who design these switches actually work with them in the field. Sheesh!

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Great way to speed up an old SATA II computer1/12/2013 8:27:20 PM

Pros: Fast. Cheap. OCZ has finally made these drives stable.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I bought 7 of these drives to refurbish 7 old Dell Optiplex 755 computers that, when new, only had: 2GB DDR2-667 RAM, 80GB 5400RPM Hard Drives, pitifully slow on-board graphics chip. I upgraded all 7 machines to: 8GB DDR2-800 RAM, ATI HD 6750 graphics card (had to go with a single slot solution 'cuz the CPU fan shroud was too close to the PCI-express x16 slot to allow a dual slot card), plus these refurbished 120GB Vertex 2 SSD drives. The machines are now lightning fast. Only the WEI for the CPU remained the same at 5.8. The RAM had a modest increase from 5.8 to 6.1, the graphics went from a lowly 3.4 to 7.3, and the disk speed went all the way up to 7.8. Only way to beat that is to buy a new computer that will take advantage of the crazy fast speed of a SATA III SSD drive.

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Bought 8 drives 2 years ago, all still running1/7/2013 1:44:24 AM

Pros: 64MB Cache and 7200RPM make them fast. Cheap (though not as cheap as they were before the infamous Thailand flood that happened late in 2011).

Cons: Like ALL drives from ALL manufacturers, you have to test the hell out of them before putting them into production. Don't ever do a "Qucik Format". That will only cause you problems later on. Do a low level format to weed out the drives that had lots and lots of bad sectors in the inner tracks. If a drive doesn't finish the low level format, RMA it immediately. Even after the drive completes the low level format, do not assume it's good. Completely fill it up with data, then erase it and repeat the copy process a 2nd time to week out drives that develop the click of death. Only after you have torture tested your drives for a couple of days will you have *some* assurance that you've gotten a good one. Don't be foolish. Don't trust 2TB of data to a single drive. Buy a 2nd drive and use RAID 1 so that if one drive fails, you still have a copy on the 2nd drive. If you are using 3 to 8 hard drives, RAID 5 is OK, but RAID 6 is better. Anything more than 8 drives should always use RAID 6.

Overall Review: I bought 8 of these drives from a brick and mortal retail store two years ago when they went on sale for the unbelievably low price of 68 bucks each. I created a RAID 5 array on a Highpoint RocketRaid 2680 card, and they've been running 24/7 ever since. Just remember to thoroughly test every hard drive before putting it into production, and ALWAYS have redundant storage for the inevitable time when a drive will fail. Don't risk your precious photos and mp3 music files to a single drive. ALWAYS use RAID 1 or better.

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I bought 7 and they all work1/7/2013 1:10:48 AM

Pros: If you have an older computer with SATA II ports, there's no sense buying a SATA III SSD drive. Save a few bucks and buys these refurbished SATA II drives. WEI rating is 7.8

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I bought 7 of these drives to refurbish 7 old Dell Optiplex 755 computers that, when new, only had 2GB DDR2-667 RAM, slow 80GB Hard Drives, and pitiful on-board graphics. I upgraded all 7 machines to 8GB DDR2-800 RAM, an ATI HD 6750 graphics card (had to go with a single slot solution 'cuz the CPU fan shroud was too close to the PCI-express x16 slot to allow a dual slot card), and these refurbished 120GB Vertex 2 SSD drives, and the machines are now lightning fast. Only the WEI for the CPU remained the same at 5.8. The RAM had a modest increase from 5.8 to 6.1, the graphics went from a lowly 3.4 to 7.3, and the disk speed went all the way up to 7.8. Only way to beat that is to buy a new computer that will take advantage of the crazy fast speed of a SATA III SSD drive. I know these drives were full of issues back when they were first released, but it appears that OCZ has managed to resolve them. The two reviewers below who only gave 2 and 3 eggs should be ignored. They did not buy these refurbished drives. They are simply griping about old issues that have been resolved. Don't let their opinions sway you. If I got 7 out of 7 good drives, then I think that's proof enough that the drives have been fixed.

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Torture Test Your Drives Prior to Putting Them Into Production1/1/2013 2:26:06 PM

Pros: Fast and cheap.

Cons: Seagate drives have a high initial failure rate, especially the drives made in China. The Thailand drives are far more reliable, but even those need to be torture tested for a few days before putting them into production.

Overall Review: I bought 16 of these drives 3 1/2 years ago when they went on sale for about 125 bucks (which was a cheap price at the time). I first built two computers and bought 8-port Highpoint RocketRaid 2680 controller cards so that each computer had eight 1.5TB drives in RAID5 arrays. They worked so well that a year later I built a new machine with an Areca controller card that could handle 28 drives (24 internal + 4 external). I first bought a dozen 3TB Hitachi drives and built a RAID6 array. It took several days to transfer the data from the two old machines over a Gigabit LAN, but once I had all the data on the new Hitachi array, I pulled all 16 of the 1.5TB Seagate drives from the two old machines and transferred them to the new machine and built a new 16 drive RAID6 array. Thus, the new machine wound up with nearly 50TB of useable storage in two different RAID6 arrays, and I had the peace of mind that any two drives could fail on either array, and I still wouldn't lose my data. After 3 years, two of the old 1.5TB Seagate drives died, and a few months later two more died. Fortunately, all of these drives were purchased back when Seagate had a 5 year warranty, so I simply went through the online RMA process and prepaid $9.95 for premium service, which meant that they shipped new drives to me using UPS 2-day service, and included a pre-paid return label. So once the new drives arrived, all I had to do was place the old drives in the same packaging, attach the new shipping labels and drop them off at UPS. It was an extremely simple process. Now that Seagate has shortened their warranty period (as have all the other HD manufacturers) it is more critical than ever to thoroughly test every drive you buy before putting them into production. My qualification test starts by using the free SeaTools for Windows and doing the Long Generic Test. The first 3 SeaTools tests are nearly useless (S.M.A.R.T., Short Drive Self Test, and the Short Generic Test) because nearly all drives will pass these tests. Only the Long Generic Test is thorough enough to weed out weak drives. And yes, it takes several hours to test a drive like this. The next thing I do is completely fill the drive with data, then copy the data back again to the original drive (or better yet, to another new drive so as to preserve the original source drive you started with). Copying the data back proves that all the data you wrote to the drive can be read back successfully. Then I erase the data from the new test drive and repeat the entire copy/copy back process. Yes, this means you'll wind up doing at least two days worth of testing, but believe me when I tell you that a lot of drives don't pass this test. They'll either drop offline, or begin making that annoying clicking sound that indicates the drive is having to re-read sectors many times. Only when a drive (from any manufacturer) passes this initial torture test can you have confidence that you've gotten a good drive.

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5.04 firmware is a must12/24/2012 8:27:07 AM

Pros: Very fast. Great price. Perfect amount of storage for a boot drive with lots of applications, but huge collections of mp3 and video belong on cheaper rotating hard drives.

Cons: Firmware needed an upgrade. SSD is still a new technology, so lots of drives are still glitchy in the field and need to be exchanged for a new one or given the aforementioned firmware upgrade. This applies to all manufacturers, not just Mushkin. Even though some manufacturers are already releasing their 4th generation designs, it seems like they're still struggling with defective cells and firmware. Reminds me of the very old days (early 1980's) when hard drive technology was new and the industry was struggling to fix spindles that would get stuck and refuse to spin after a drive was turned off (so most people adopted the habit of never turning their computers off), and head crashes would gouge a disk when power was lost. Eventually they developed self-parking heads and other things, but it took years to solve these problems. In short, I'm saying that this new SSD technology is great when it works, but you have to expect problems and have the patience to deal with them. And as always, with every technology, you have to have redundant storage and a bullet proof backup plan to make sure you never lose your data to a sudden failure. Too bad so few users are able to get this into their heads.

Overall Review: I have purchased SSD drives from almost all the major manufactures, and they all seem to have firmware and reliability problems, but as I said above, if you have the patience to RMA a defective drive and/or upgrade the firmware to solve little glitches like spontaneous reboots - you will ultimately become a fan of these amazingly fast devices. I had previously bought several 120GB Mushkin drives and they were very fast and reliable, so this time I bought the 240GB version for a game machine that needed more primary storage. After installing the OS and all my applications the drive seemed to work well for a few hours, but then I started getting spontaneous reboots. Eventually the drive wouldn't boot at all. I put it aside for a few weeks because I was busy with other projects. Then, just as I was going through the RMA process to return the drive to Mushkin for a warranty replacement, I saw notices on bulletin boards about the new 5.04 firmware upgrade. Since it worked within Windows I took a chance on downloading it, and I plugged the drive into one of my other computers as a data drive and, sure enough, the firmware upgrade process was quick and easy and the drive was restored to functionality. I stress tested the drive for a few hours copying many gigs of data back and forth. When I was confident the drive was working properly I put it back into my game machine and once again went through the hassle of a clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, and reloaded all my application programs, and re-installed Steam and re-downloaded all my games. And now the game computer boots fast, loads games fast, and is everything I had originally hoped for when I first bought the drive. So - in a perfect world we wouldn't have to go through these hassles, but when you realize how much faster SSD drives are compared to conventional rotating hard drives, it's like breathing new life into a computer. We've known for many years that CPUs are I/O bound, but nothing shows you more dramatically how fast a 5 year old dual-core CPU can be than to max out the RAM on the motherboard and replace the hard drive with an SSD. I have 5 old computers and 2 new state of the art machines, and every one of them now has an SSD drive. I started out with 60GB when prices were high, then bought a few 120GB drives when prices started to come down, and now 240GB is my new favorite. Soon I expect I'll upgrade to 480GB when prices come down a little further. SSD drives are definitely the way to go for any user who can afford them and has the patience to deal with the inevitable issues.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Weighs a Ton12/18/2012 9:28:32 PM

Pros: Trackball is very responsive. Like the scroll wheel. Most portable keyboards with a built-in trackball mouse don't have a scroll wheel.

Cons: Jeez! I can't believe how heavy it is. Definitely notice the weight of this thing sitting on my lap as compared to other wireless keyboards I've used. Not nearly as easy to type on as the Microsoft Ergonomic wireless keyboard I've been using for the last two years. Definitely feels more like a cramped/restrictive laptop keyboard compared to a full-sized desktop keyboard. Would not recommend it for extended word processing chores. Transmission is easily interrupted simply by crossing my legs and allowing my knee to get between the keyboard and the USB transmitter. Sometimes just tilting back in my easy chair blocks the reception, even if I'm as close as 3 feet away from the transmitter.

Overall Review: Well, I bought it on sale for 35 bucks, so I don't feel too bad. I was originally going to use this out in the field when I need to plug into computers in kiosks that don't normally have a keyboard and mouse, but it's so heavy I decided to stick with a different brand wired keyboard w/trackball mouse that I've been using for several years. I love the scroll wheel, but hate the placement of the left/right mouse buttons above/below the scroll wheel. Makes it difficult to get used to, even though I'm left handed. My old wired keyboard w/trackball mouse didn't have a scroll wheel, but the left/right mouse buttons were located at the top of the keyboard in the traditional horizontal orientation, instead of vertically along the left side of the keyboard like this one. I mean, really, who designed this thing? Did the guy who designed it ever actually use it? I doubt it. Right handed people will surely hate the left-sided orientation of the mouse buttons and scroll wheel. Really hate to knock the product, but oh, well, for 35 bucks it's worth keeping for my Home Theater computer, which sits on the other side of the room, about 10 feet away - so long as I'm careful to keep my legs out of the way.

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Reviewers who don't know a bad drive when they see it.11/29/2012 5:31:44 AM

Pros: Price, transfer speed

Cons: High infant mortality rate - some drives DOA, some make strange noises, others have lots and lots of bad/unrecoverable sectors near the inner tracks. In other words, even when a drive passes extensive tests prior to putting them into production, you often find out that as the drive fills up with data, the last 10 to 15 percent of the disk has lots of bad sectors. This obviously means that the ferrous oxide coating was applied unevenly.

Overall Review: To the reviewers below who reported 11 and 25MBps data transfer speeds. If it's an internal drive in your computer, and you get anything less than 100MBps, you have a bad drive. If it's an external drive attached to a USB 2.0 port, you are limited by the slow USB 2.0 interface. If it's an external drive attached to a USB 3.0 port, and you get less than 80-100MBps, it's a bad drive. If you're using it in a NAS box attached via Ethernet, make sure it's a Gigabit connection, not 100-Base-T. Gigabit connections max out at 120MBps (although it is rare to max out a gigabit link on a NAS box). If it's a 100-Base-T connection (also known as Fast Ethernet), you'll max out at 12MBps. No matter how your drive is connected, you MUST do extensive tests prior to putting the drive into production. That means completely fill the drive with data and observe the data transfer speed - drive will gradually slow down as it reaches the inner tracks. Then copy all the data back to another drive to ensure that the data can be read once it has been written. Then erase the drive and repeat the full write/read-back test a second time. Only then will you have confidence that the drive is truly a good one. Any noises or clicking sounds you hear during the test phase will only get worse over time. Best to RMA noisy drives even if they seem to pass the initial test phase. Finally, during the write/read-back tests, if you notice that sometimes the drive is transfering data at a speedy rate, then occasionally slows down dramatically, then speeds up again - this is an indication of weak/bad sectors. When the metal oxide coasting is applied unevenly to a platter, the result is a drive that passes the initial test at the factory, but isn't one you would want to own. Please people, TEST THE HELL OUT OF ANY DRIVE FROM ANY MANUFACTURER BEFORE YOU PUT IT INTO PRODUCTION. These days, two drives in a RAID1 configuration is the minimum to ensure that you don't lose your data. Three to 8 drives should use RAID5. And 8 or more drives should use RAID6 for a second level of redundancy. Yes, you will have to buy an expensive controller card to get RAID6, but if you are serious about preserving your audio or video collection, not to mention priceless family photos, you MUST accept the fact that every hard drive in the world will eventually fail, and you never know it will happen. If you are using a single hard drive of any capacity, large or small, to store data that is precious to you, you are being terribly foolish. I have purchased hundreds of hard drives in the last few years from all the major manufacturers, and used them for RAID6 arrays in corporate environments. Trust me when I tell you that if you skip the test phase I described above, you WILL lose data at the worst possible time.

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Love/Hate Relationship9/12/2012 10:35:11 PM

Pros: Rugged Sturdy Stand 1920x1200 is hard to find Supports, VGA, DVI and Displayport cables Pivots to Portrait Mode

Cons: Really heavy, although that's a factor of the rugged sturdy design of the stand. Makes it a bit hard to switch from Landscape to Portrait mode, but I use it in Portrait mode 90% of the time anyway. In Portrait mode you need to sit to the right side of the monitor, 'cuz if you shift to the left the screen shifts to dark very quickly. Too bad it doesn't have an IPS panel.

Overall Review: I bought 3 of these a little over a year ago. For both business and gaming I have all 3 monitors side-by-side in Portrait mode. Great for viewing documents, web pages, email. Honestly, I don't know why anyone would want to use Landscape mode except for spreadsheets and single monitor gaming. I personally find 3x1 Portrait mode better for gaming. 3x1 Landscape is just too wide for me, though I'm sure others will disagree. All-in-all it's a great "older" design for a monitor that would have gotten 5 stars if it had an IPS panel. You'll hate the way the colors shift in Portrait mode if you're not sitting directly in front or to the right. Just the slightest shift to a left-sided viewing angle causes a lot of color shift, and the monitors practically go dark beyond a 30 or 40 degree angle. If you just use it in Landscape mode though, you'll probably never notice any problems.

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Extremely Slow Data Transfers9/3/2012 4:12:10 PM

Pros: If you need 32 hard drives, but don't need them to be part of a RAID array, it's a cheap solution.

Cons: I originally intended to use this card just to certify new drives (i.e. stress test the hell out of them) before putting them into production in RAID arrays in my server farm, but the card turned out to be so slow copying data from one drive to another that I finally stopped using it. Didn't matter whether I used Seagate, WD or Hitachi drives. Copy operations from one drive to another never seemed to go faster than 50-60MBps, even though they would do 100-115MBps when plugged directly in the SATA ports on the motherboard. I don't really know who would find a non-RAID controller card like this useful except as a cheap, but slow backup to to primary storage on other computers. Truly, the market for a card like this seems really limited to me.

Overall Review: Anybody wanna' buy my card from me for half price? :(

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Always Torture Test Before Putting into Production Environement7/26/2012 1:53:04 PM

Pros: None. Used to be able to get 3TB drives on sale for as little as 129 bucks, but it looks like those days are gone forever.

Cons: Two year warranty means they were losing too much money replacing defective drives when the warranty was five years. Quality control from ALL drive manufacturers has gone down hill in the last several years.

Overall Review: I build RAID6 systems for mid-size businesses. As disk capacity has grown from 250GB to 4TB, I've noticed a definite increase in failure rates from ALL manufacturers. I have some 8 year old 250GB, 320GB and 500GB drives that are still in service. But I've never had a 1TB or greater drive last more than 3 years, regardless of manufacturer. Also, about 25% of drives 1TB or greater seem to arrive DOA, and another 25% die within 6 months. That's poor Quality Control IMO. My advice is as follows: 1) Never use a drive by itself. ALWAYS use RAID1, RAID5 or RAID6. 2) Never put a drive into production until you've torture tested it by COMPLETELY filling it with data, copying the data back to another drive (to ensure the data can reliably be read). Repeat the test process at least twice more to ensure the drive will survive the infant mortality phase. 3) If you use 8 or more drives in an array RAID5 is NOT adequate. RAID6 is a MUST to protect against a 2nd failure in the middle of a

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Manufacturer Response:
We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the Western Digital 3 TB Green Drive, as this is not the typical experience with the product. Our drives go through rigorous testing before they leave our warehouses and we put a lot into proper packaging and shipping of our drives. One thing to note is the intended purpose of your drives. As you are planning out RAID configurations, please view the following link for the differences between drives and their intended purposes http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1397 You can test your Western Digital drives locally before you put them in a RAID enclosure or setting set them up as a RAID internally to your computers by making use of the WinDLG software, provided by the following link http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/940 WD sets its warranty policy to best serve customers, while remaining competitive and financially sound. WD is changing the standard limited warranty on its WD Caviar Green, WD Caviar Blue and WD Scorpio Blue hard drive families to two years. WD Caviar Black and WD Scorpio Black drive families will maintain five-year warranties. Please contact us directly as we would appreciate the opportunity to further assist you, and resolve any further concerns you may have with the device and/or your experience. You may contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/. Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.
Always Torture Test Before Putting into Production Environement7/19/2012 12:16:13 PM

Pros: Price

Cons: One year warranty means the company was losing too much money on warranty exchanges.

Overall Review: I build RAID6 systems for mid-size businesses. In the last 8 years, as disk capacity has grown from 250GB to 4TB, I've noticed a definite increase in failure rates from all manufacturers. I have some 8 year old 250GB, 320GB and 500GB drives that are still in service. But I've never had a 1TB or greater drive last more than 3 years, regardless of manufacturer. Also, about 25% of drives over 1TB seem to arrive DOA, and another 25% die within 6 months. My advice to anyone is as follows: 1) Never use a drive by itself. Use RAID1, RAID5 or RAID6. 2) Never put a drive into production until you've torture tested it by completely filling it with data, copying the data back to another drive (to ensure the data can reliably be read) and then repeating the write/read back/erase process at least twice more. Only then can you be sure the drive will pass the initial infant mortality phase. 3) If you use 8 or more drives in an array, RAID5 is not adequate. RAID6 is a must.

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Does not deserve the bad reputation4/26/2012 11:41:50 PM

Pros: 1280x1024 @ 15fps - I was surprised to find that I actually preferred the additional resolution of 1280x1024 over the 640x480 VGA mode, even though I had go from 30fps down to 15fps. Wide pan range - about 340 degrees Nice tilt range of 90 degrees, but works best when the camera is mounted upside down from the ceiling. If you mount it right side up and place it on a desk or shelf, you'll wish it could tilt lower. Two-way audio so you can talk back and forth with the people you're watching.

Cons: Neither the Quick Installation Guide nor the manual explain that you can't adjust the focus through the web browser. You have to manually turn the rubber ring around the camera lens until you are satisfied. When I first plugged the camera in and installed the software, I thought "Oh, no! NOTHING is in focus! What a piece of garbage!" Fixed-focus, not auto focus, so as you pan the camera around, and depending on the distance of objects, you may or may not be happy with the depth of focus. Depth of focus is best when you have a well lighted room (daylight fluorescent) and the camera is best in a large room. Digital zoom only, but then again, cameras with 3-to-1 or 10-to-1 optical zooms cost hundreds more than this model, so it's a fair trade-off. Small rooms make everything appear close and cramped because the lens is more like a 50mm "normal aspect" lens than at 28mm wide angle lens.

Overall Review: 1) You MUST use IE, preferably version 9 or above, to be able to use all the features, such as digital zoom and full-screen mode. Firefox fans like me will initially be disappointed, but when you discover that the Firefox plugin doesn't do nearly as good a job as the Active-X plugin, you'll quickly change your mind. There was a terrible lag in the video stream at all resolutions using Firefox, but it pretty much disappeared in IE9. 2) Even the on-CD manual has a high learning curve. Don't expect to plug in this camera, install the software, and be instantly happy with what you see. You have to be willing to spend a fairly significant amount of time reading the manual and playing with all the features, and learn how to slow down the pan rate, etc. 3) Eventually you will come to love the camera. I plan on buying a couple more so I can have one in every room in my house. 4) Remember that ceiling mounted works best. Desktop level or shelf level will leave you wishing it tilted lo

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Board should be taken off the market4/9/2012 3:17:15 PM

Pros: None. Like many others, I got a board that worked fine at first, but shortly after delivering the completed build to an important business client, it suddenly malfunctioned and will no longer boot. I tested all components - RAM, CPU, SSD, power supply, DVD burner - with a mobo from another vendor, and they all work fine, so obviously it's the Gigabyte mobo that's at fault.

Cons: Should have listened to the many, many, many reviewers here who have been complaining about this board since June 2011, but stupid me, I thought that after nine months on the market maybe Gigabyte had solved the problems with this board, but no, it's still an unreliable piece of garbage that will die on you at the worst possible time. Shame on you Gigabyte for continuing to sell such an unreliable product. You embarrassed me in front of an important business client, who now wants to go back to buying pre-built garbage from Dell.

Overall Review: Wasted two weeks RMA'ing the board directly to Newegg, only to have them reject the RMA because I had already thrown away the original packaging. Now I have to wait for Newegg to return the board to me so I can start the RMA process all over again with Gigabyte. I've used Gigabyte many times over the years with no problem, but first their X79 Socket 2011 mobos were recalled, and now it appears that even their Socket 1155 mobos are garbage. Now I have an important client that's miffed at me for building a computer that died within a week, and by the time this is resolved I will have lost a lot of goodwill with him, not to mention all profit I thought I would make on the build.

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Thank you for your comments. Honest and constructive opinions are always welcome. We apologize for your difficulty with your Gigabyte product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyte-usa.com with the case number 2012041004 in the subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue as soon as possible. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you ASAP. Gigabyte VIP Support Team
Great single slot card2/9/2012 2:22:53 AM

Pros: Most powerful single slot card I could find at the time. Great for 1920x1080 gaming on a single monitor. Nice and quiet. Can actually run 3 monitors simultaneously. (Don't try to do any triple monitor gaming, but for business purposes, 3 monitors gives you lots of desk space to work with.)

Cons: 128-bit bus, but I needed a single slot card and all the 256-bit bus cards take up two slots. Oh, well.

Overall Review: I own 5 of these cards. I bought the first one for evaluation back in August 2011. I had a bunch of old Core 2 Duo Dell Optiplex 755 computers with 2GB DDR2, 80GB WD hard drives and mobo graphics. I wanted to see what would happen if I maxed out the RAM to 8GB, replaced the WD drive with a 60GB SSD, and added a dedicated graphics card. Couldn't fit a dual-slot GPU, so I just bought the best single slot card I could find. The upgraded machine proved to be so fast that I decided to upgrade four more Dells the same way. So for about $350 per machine (HIS 6750,plus 8GB DDR2 RAM and a 60GB Sata II SSD) these old machines are good for a couple more years. Anyone who wants to get more life out of an older generation dual-core machine should do the same. You'll be very happy with the results.

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Great single slot card1/22/2012 4:27:05 PM

Pros: Most powerful single slot card I could find. 1GB video RAM. Runs quiet. No heat issues. Can simultaneously output to three monitors vis VGA, DVI and HDMI ports. Is about thirty bucks cheaper now than it was six months ago. A real bargain IMHO.

Cons: 128-bit bus. Video RAM is DDR3 not DDR5, but still, it's a great budget card.

Overall Review: I have five Dell Optiplex 755 computers that I bought used for almost nothing. They came with 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo CPUs, 2GB DDR2 RAM, and 80GB Western Digital hard drives. About what you'd expect from a four year old business computer. Over a period of several months I upgraded all 5 computers to 8GB RAM, replaced the 80GB WD drives with 60GB SSD drives, and the machines were soooo much faster that I thought maybe I could turn them into nice little game machines for LAN parties by bypassing the built-in mobo graphics and installing a nice dedicated graphics card. Due to the large heat-sink/fan cover that couldn't be removed, and awkward placement of the lone PCIe 16x slot, I was limited to a single slot card, which meant I had to give up a 256-bit data bus and DDR5 RAM and settle for this 128-bit DDR3 solution. But I must say, I have been well pleased by the performance and reliability. I would enthusiastically recommend these HIS cards to anyone looking to upgrade an older computer.

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Fast and RELIABLE1/11/2012 12:07:50 AM

Pros: Reliability - I cannot emphasize this enough. As the owner of: 2 OCZ Agility 2 drives, 2 OCZ Vertex 2 drives, 2 OCZ Solid 3 drives, 2 Corsair drives, 1 Crucial drive, 1 Patriot Torqx drive, and 2 of these SanDisk drives, it appears from my admitedly limited sample above that SanDisk, Patriot, Crucial and Corsair are far more reliable than OCZ drives. In less than six months both of my OCZ Agility 2 drives failed (replaced via RMA from OCZ, so at least they honor their warranties, even though the RMA process could be faster and simpler). In less than 8 months both of my OCZ Vertex 2 drives have had spontaneous reboot issues - not often enough to go through the hassle of OCZ's RMA process, but annoying enough to wish I'd tried Patriot, Crucial and SanDisk at an earlier date. And one of my Solid 3 drives is really squirrely. May need to replace it soon. In short, 5 of 6 OCZ drives have had issues. Very disappointing, but OCZ is still a great company.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: I used my two SanDisk 120G Sata II drives to upgrade a couple of old Dell Optiplex 755 desktop computers. First I upgraded the RAM from 2GB to 8GB, and then I installed these SanDisk drives using Windows 7 x64 Professional. Installation was a breeze and in more than a month of use I have not experienced a single spontaneous reboot or any problem whatsoever. And they're really FAST! Yes, they're SATA II, but then again the old Dell computers are SATA II as well, so a SATA III drive would have been wasted. I love SanDisk's price, speed and RELIABILITY!

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