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James B.

James B.

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Most Favorable Review

Awesome Drive! Works in Linux!

Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: What can I say, its got a ton of space! It actually reminds be of back in the day when we were just getting into the Gigabyte size drives when the talk was “you will never need a bigger drive” well we all know what happens after that... I am very impressed with the speed of the drive for it only being a 5900 rpm drive. So I decided to compare it to all of my other drives in my system, I will keep the results short. All of these drives are hooked up to the same controller, I was going to add SSD marks too but that would be unfair... Seagate ST4000DM000 (This Drive) – Avg Read 140.4 Mb/s – Avg Access 16.8ms Hitachi HTS725050A7E630 (500GB 7200 6Gb/s) – Avg Read 100.6Mb/s – Avg Access 16.9ms Samsung HD203WI (2TB 5400 3Gb/s) – Avg Read 88 Mb/s – Avg Access 15.5ms Western Digital WD360ADFD (36GB 10k 1.5Gb/s) – Avg Read 72Mb/s – Avg Access 8.5ms Western Digital WD10EACS (1TB 5400 3Gb/s) – Avg Read 67.4Mb/s – Avg Access 15.1ms I want to say for the slow rotational speed and such a huge amount of disk space this drive does rather well, I really wish I had another 6Gb/s drive to test for a closer comparison (other than the 500gb one), but the rest of my drives are all SSD. As for installing an OS on this drive I easily got Ubuntu 12.04 LTS install and functional on a single 4TB partition without an issues, so I assume any other Distro will be just as easy.

Cons: Well even though my motherboard supports booting from a drive this size, Windows 7 64 Ultimate will not install on it, it simply refuses as it does not like the GPT (GUID Partition Table) you need to use to make a single partition on this drive. You can however make 2 smaller partitions and everything would work fine, although this is not really the drives fault. I have benchmarked this drive multiple times in Linux and have yet to see the average seek time get anywhere near 8.5ms. I am unable to get the Average Write Rate any faster than 109Mb/s and the specs boast the average read/write as 146Mb/s.

Overall Review: All testing done under Ubuntu 12.04.2, using Gnome-Disk-Utility. (I want to point out I was using a different computer that supports GPT booting for the Windows 7 Install) This drive does rather well, and unfortunately I do not have a copy of Windows 8, to test if that will allow me to install onto a 4TB partition. I can not really fault the drive for any installation issues as the drive is not at fault for Microsoft not adding GPT support. I tested the drive on a Highpoint Rocket 640L, and it lets me Verify that although Highpoint says this card only supports up to 2TB, I have this drive working flawlessly in one large partition, under Ubuntu 12.04.2. Amahi (Ubuntu 12.04.2) Home Server: EVGA x58 SLI Mobo Intel Core i7 9200 @ 2.67Ghz 24GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline DDR3 1333 Highpoint Rocket 640L 4 port SATA 6.0Gbps Pcie 4x Currently 7 TB Space...

Most Critical Review

Great when it works....

TRENDnet TV-IP751WIC 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 Wireless Day / Night Cloud Camera
TRENDnet TV-IP751WIC 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 Wireless Day / Night Cloud Camera

Pros: When this camer works I think it does a good job for what it is. It is very easy to setup and connect to either by using its internal IP, my Nexus 4, or the cloud. The image seems nice even though its not HD and the Night Vision is as clear as day, I connected to it while it was in a completely dark room and could see everything as if a light was on.

Cons: Where to start... I have been testing my camera for 3 days now, I have had to unplug it about 5 times now as it just locks up. It stopped letting me connect via IP address, although I could still connect with my phone... I had to do a hard reset and set the camera up a 2nd time so I could connect to it through my browser. Screen tearing! The bottom half of the picture is constantly ripping and going white making 50% of the picture worthless... after a few minutes of being plugged in the FPS start dropping until the picture finally freezes and I have to unplug the camera again...

Overall Review: Using Manjaro x64 I was able to set the camera up and test. The Issues I had with the camera could both be seen through my browser on Manjaro and through the Trendnet app for Android... I really tried giving this camera its fair shake, and kept putting off writing this review thinking the camera would just work better the next day, but its just more of the same.... My 13 yr old son asked me how much I would pay for this camera with all I know now, My reply... I did not have to pay for it and I still do not want it... IF I would have bought this I would have RMAed it by now.... I love you Trendnet but this camera is junk!

Worked till it did not...

EVGA SuperNOVA 550 GA, 80 Plus Gold 550W, Fully Modular, Eco Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Includes Power ON Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply 220-GA-0550-X1
EVGA SuperNOVA 550 GA, 80 Plus Gold 550W, Fully Modular, Eco Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Includes Power ON Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply 220-GA-0550-X1

Pros: worked for 7 months

Cons: Stopped working after 7 months

Overall Review: Worked fine for my computer for 7 months never an issue, then Last night in the middle of gaming it just stopped. I guess its a good things it has a 10 yr warranty, so we will see how that goes, probably get a Refurb which sucks...

11/11/2020

Died in 5 months

SYBA SI-PEX40057 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Low Profile SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 4-port RAID Card
SYBA SI-PEX40057 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Low Profile SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) 4-port RAID Card

Pros: for 5 months it worked as you would expect...

Cons: stops working after 5 months

Overall Review: I have now bought 2 of these and they have both failed in mere months... I will not be buying anything else by this manufacturer...

I can not complain...

KingDian S100 Series 8GB 2.5 Inch SATAII Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) For Computer/POS/ATM  (S100 8GB)
KingDian S100 Series 8GB 2.5 Inch SATAII Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) For Computer/POS/ATM (S100 8GB)

Pros: It works, I have only had it for a week and it has not died yet...

Cons: If I had to give cons... First would be speed, though I do not care much about this... Second would be 2 weeks delivery, Though from china thats acceptable, I have ordered other things from china that has taken over a month... Both of these CONS were not an issue to me as for my use...

Overall Review: Basically I just wanted to build a cheap low watt computer running a mumble server. Running an Atom D510, 4GB Ram and This Drive under Ubuntu Server 16.04. It all runs at 22W (not sure the PSU is 80+ it came with the case...). I am very happy with this setup and with this use case, drive speed was not important.

10/20/2016

Nice case....

Fractal Design Node 304 Black Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Computer Case
Fractal Design Node 304 Black Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Computer Case

Pros: Very nice looking case and roomy! You can fit 6 Drives! the fans even on high are whisper quiet. I will be buying a 2nd one!!

Cons: Well first although it takes ATX PSU I want to point out that not all will fit... I tried one I had laying around and the cables coming out of the PSU prevented me from being able to install it into the case. if the cables are to close to the edge it simply will not fit... No CD drive... not really a con for me as I can not remember the last time I actually used a CD/DVD/Bluray on my computers...

Overall Review: Used this to build an Amahi Home Server with an ATOM CPU, Mobo, ION graphics card combo... everything went together easy! I will own 2 of these !!

seller reviews
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I am Happy with this seller, Shipping was acceptable coming from China and all.

Took 2 weeks to get my item, which is fine as I have bought other items from china that took over a month. You did good KingDian!

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10/20/2016