Date Joined: 08/31/01
Pros: Great assembly, solid construction and I like the power adapter which has a normal DC cable rather than one of those big cables so many other enclosures use.
Cons: Honestly, none. It's a fair price and does everything it should do as well as it should.
Overall Review: I see people mentioning the LED and the USB cable a few times, so let me put some perspective. The LED is nice and subtle -- if you're looking for it, you can see it easily in any lighting, but it won't distract you the way so many other drives do. Overly bright LEDs are all too common on external drive enclosures, so there is no shortage of enclosures that can meet your needs if you want it brighter.
The USB cable is a standard 3-foot cable. For most desktop users that is perfectly adequate and I'd be annoyed if it were longer since it would just tangle with other things by hanging off the back of the desk.
Pros: The most amount of space you can get in a laptop drive. I replaced the HD in a Mac mini (2009) with this and it is both quiet and spacious.
Cons: Fairly slow. I wound up getting a Firewire 800 external 7200RPM drive to use as the boot drive on my mini, since the disk speeds were just painful. Its a shame that we have to choose between drives that have a lot of space or drives that have a lot of speed (and heat) when buying 2.5" drives. It will be nice when we can get 7200 RPM 1TB drives in 2.5" sizes.
Pros: This is the second 1TB WD Green drive I bought, so I have both versions they've made. The new revision here is supposed to be even quieter and more energy-efficient, but I have to take their word for it since I can never hear the old model. I use it in my home entertainment center and never hear it even when it is spinning up or down, which is just what I want.
Cons: It's notably slower than 7200 RPM drives, which is to be expected. You definitely don't want to use this as your boot or main data drive. As a backup drive, media server, or other long-term storage drive it is perfect.
Pros: Works perfectly as an upgrade to a Mac mini (2009). Should also work in an iMac equally well. Crucial is a respected brand so I was happy to see them among the less expensive options.
Pros: energy efficient
easy to OC
Cons: loud heatsink fan
Overall Review: With the stock cooling solution I've got this running at over 2.5 GHz with no errors whatsoever on the prime95 CPU torture test. I'm still going faster and haven't hit the limit. It stays cool and surprisingly I've only had to bump up voltage from 1.4 to 1.425 to keep it running -- stays at a cool 50c with no special cooling. Be sure to run the AMD Cool & Quiet while overclocking, it will automatically adjust CPU voltage to the minimum necessary for the current load, makes trying out new speeds a lot easier!