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This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA2000100 Black
Pros: Does exactly what I wanted.
The drive connected to the computer without a problem, worked out of the box, the software for autobackups was installed without incident, the speed is very good/excellent for USB 2.0 (limitation of the laptop), and the backups are available immediately. It's also extremely quiet, to where you can just barely tell it's working if you hold it to your ear.
Cons: It didn't come with a free second drive.
Honestly, the only thing I can complain about is that there is no power indicator until you connect it to a computer. The little LED comes on immediately on connecting to the computer, even though it has an external power supply... the least they could have done is make a slow blink if it's not connected to let you know it's powered.
And that's all I can complain about; it's not really a complaint.
The gauge of how full the drive is is cheesy at best, but that's not what I bought if tor... but it appears to show how "full" the drive is by vertical LED strips - right now, it's practically empty, so it shows one.
Other Thoughts: I got this for my brother and sister-in-law after having to retrieve their data from the HDD and reinstall the OS ont he laptop after a failed update put Windows 7 into a boot loop we couldn't get it out of. It's so simple to set up, I could have just sent it to them without setting it up, and let them do it... and they've got almost ZERO technical skills. (Well; when it comes to things like this, anyway.)
I glanced through the guide that came with it after setting it up... and yeah; it was that easy. :)
This is a perfect solution for non-tech-savvy people to make backups. From what I see of it, you can use it on multiple machines, and each will get an ID matching the computer name as the backup location, meaning you can keep the separate machines' backups separated easily enough. The backup location is a hidden folder, too, so no accidentally blowing away the backups.
This review is from: BYTECC UFE-421 3.5" USB3.0/Firewire 400/POWER e-SATA Combo Internal HUB
Pros: Haven't run it through its paces yet, but looks solid!
Back of face plate has USB3 B connector (A would go on board) a power connector (for USB3 hub) connector for SATA (for eSata port) a FireWire ports and USB port, each with their own cable. One ends with small 5-pin connector (for USB), the other with individually capped pin connectors (FireWire.)
There IS A MANUAL (one-sheet) with the layout of the connector so you know what pins to connect to on the motherboard (for FireWire)
Comes with SATA cable, USB A-B cable, mounting screws, USB cable to connect to motherboard and a FireWire cable as well as a 4-PIN power extension cable (6 or 8 inches long, I think.)
Haven't hooked it up yet, but as long as it works, I'll leave this as it stands... if not, you'll see an edit.
Also, one note - the top is separable (with a gentle pull) from the bottom so you can access the pins for the FireWire easier
Cons: Since it's not in the PC yet, I don't know if it actually works... but I don't see any reason yet to assume it won't.
Other Thoughts: The manual is one page and doesn't look like much, but it contains the pin layouts The manual does say that only one of the FireWire ports can be used at a time.
"Connect the 6 individual pins of the fFirewire cable to an internal Firewire port on the main-board"
One other note: From the manual, it appears you can use the internal cable for USB or the external cable (for which there's an A-B cable provided) and slip through the provided rear bracket to connect to an external port in the rear. It doesn't say NOT to connect both, but I think that you'd have to be inexperienced to know not to do so. I'll update if I come across any problems. (In the middle of something long and tedious, so can't hook it up until that's done.)
This review is from: Canon imageFORMULA P-150 Scan-tini Personal mobile Document Scanner
Pros: It works! Seriously, when you see this on the same page as the high-priced behemoths, you wonder if it'll do the job. Well, let me say, it does!
Tested with various sizes, shapes and colors... full duplex mode, some customization available, and even a quick start button that actually does start... not just launch the application like some other devices.
Continuous feed allows you to just keep going, like you would want to. So long as you remember to put the top of a page face down, you will get a duplex scan with the top of a page numbered lower than the bottom (back) of a sheet.
For that cheap a price, it's a wonder I'm the first one giving a review.
Another quick pro - You can easily change the filename format that it's giving the files as it scans... so scanning bank statements, you can change the name to "Bank statement - " and scan away... Scanning photographs from your friend Susan? Change it to "Susan's Pix - "
Very handy when scanning thousands of documents,
Cons: You can't scan some things easily, such as thicker items (credit-card thickness, for example) or items with certain colors. (It didn't pick up the silver vs. white on a wedding invitation I had sitting here. There's no bride in the image... just a groom standing with their arm out.)
I also found out quickly that you can't have it connected when you start the computer, or the Paperport software can't see it for whatever reason. Disconnecting and reconnecting the USB cable fixes that.
The reason it gets 4 instead of 5 stars is that it has no way to adjust for the thickness of the documents, and the USB issue... If they let you give stars in quarter levels, it'd get 4.75. (I don't round up.... let them see something that can make it better the next time around.)
But for such a cheap price, I can live with not scanning the credit card-type items, and maybe having to disconnect a cable...
Other Thoughts: I just did some quick test scans, and haven't put it to my intended task quite yet... to rid myself of 90+% of the old paperwork and schoolwork I've got sitting around. Hopefully I'll be able to get that cleaned up relatively quickly now that my new toy is up and running!
Now if it only took the stuff out of the folders and binders for me...