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Pros: Hard to say when drives arrive DOA. 50% initialized and are undergoing extended drive tests as a precaution. Hopefully they will last. The benefits of the WD Reds are well documented . . . on undamaged ones.
Cons: It's Russian roulette when you open the box. One drive was dented and DOA, another had a tear through the antistat bag. Not WD's fault. Seems to have happened before they reached the box, as the packing was decent.
Other Thoughts: Newegg was understanding, courteous and excellent on the RMA once reached on the phone (but no phone # on their website, had to Google it). Return labels were sent in minutes. That was comforting.
But this is too chronic a problem based on the reviews. Way too many DOA reports here. My time is valuable, and I can't afford the hassle of dealing with bad drives. Have bought close to 100 HDDs from NE over 15+ years. But taking a break until the HDD handling improves.
Pros: High quality SSD with good read and decent write speeds and rock stable dependable. On SATA2 (Intel X58/ICH10R), FW 1.04, ATTO benchmarks at 206/281 W/R. SATA3 should be much faster. Proven Marvell controller (no compression) and more robust 32nm Toshiba NAND for longevity. Effective GC scheme for non-TRIM environments. A poor-man's Intel 510 best describes it. Super as a boot drive. A great choice where reliability and stability is more important than raw speed or power efficiency. Flawless to install and clone in with included Acronis.
Cons: Not the fastest at the price point or where write speeds are critical. Roughly competitive with Samsung 470 (top laptop choice) and Kingston V100+ series, but not as raw fast as Crucial M4 (perhaps a later FW might get closer) or SF drives. Not a power sipper - better suited for desktops. Should have a 3.5 bracket included for the price.
Other Thoughts: I've used/owned most brands of SSD. While not the fastest, Plextor is quietly right with Intel for overall SSD dependability, stability and quality. Every drive gets a 20 hour enterprise-class hot burn-in QA test. Stable out of the box without major FW headaches like some others (brands C, K and O).
Should have waited a few more days, as the new M2P Series is coming out, with improved performance for about the same $, but don't want to be surprised with 25nm chips.
Pros: Same as for the HD204UI.
Cons: Same as for the HD204UI.
Other Thoughts: This is the same drive as the HD204UI, with three 667GB platters. But the HD155UI only has five heads instead of six.
If you don't need the extra 500GB, it's a fair amount cheaper than its big brother.