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BUFFALO DriveStation DDR 2 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with DDR3 MegaCache Accelerator - HD-GD2.0U3
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Worked well before it died. Semi-reasonable rating since it lasted for a couple years.

Cons: Warranty covers it but I've lost all the data. Not what you want from a HD used to store volumes of less used data. Who wants to backup drives this size? An age old question of course.

OCZ ARC 100 2.5
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: • An excellent marriage of capability with cost, clearly a value product.
• Competition in this market segment is significant but this should be on your value short list.
• Toshiba is a quality manufacturer, in my opinion a definite step-up from the original OCZ corp.
• It likes to have multiple programs actively running at once.
• An excellent upgrade at the excellent price for your OS from a hard drive.

Cons: • A basic SSD with no accessories or software. Depending on your hardware and software needs, this may or may not be a problem. Software/firmware available via their web site.
• There are a number of faster SSDs, remember it is a value product. The published “up to” speeds are fantasies (max rating for many SSDs are similarly extreme). A number of reviews with speed test results, mine are similar with Sequential Read: 369 MB/s Sequential Write: 370 MB/s, average values of 5 tests.
• Uses 19nm flash memory, Micron 16nm is quickly becoming the standard, but again it is a value product.
• 3-year warranty is not outstanding. The MTBF (mean time before failure) is reasonable. At their cost, you might just replace if a failure occurs after the warranty ends.

Other Thoughts: • ALWAYS backup any storage device.
• I consider this size (120G) a good size for operating systems plus a few applications.
• You could use this with another in a RAID0 array to improve the speed but a failure of one is obviously a problem for the array and your data.

Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - High capacity – good price per TB
- Plug-in and go
- Built-in registration when you boot it.
- USB3 showing ~200MB/s read and ~180MB/s write from test results with 15G file
- Portable

Cons: - No on-off switch. To be save, you should shutdown system before unplugging.
- 1 year warranty in US (2 years EU) as per box and PDF warranty file included. Far too short for such a big drive.
- Long term failure rates on this drive unknown.
- How do you backup such a large drive since it would take ~7 hrs if full? For me this is not a practical size for critical usage, i.e., for storage of stuff I can’t afford to lose.
- Spending a little time looking around the web and here at Newegg: negatives reviews, 1 egg (or star) runs about 20-25%. Not good.

Other Thoughts: These are points that may well reflect my personal bias but:
- Unclear how I would use it. I would NOT use it to either store or backup critical files, failure would be a catastrophic problem.
- If I can’t trust it, why would I buy it?


Ralph N.'s Profile

Display Name: Ralph N.

Date Joined: 05/04/02

  • Reviews: 37
  • Helpfulness: 19
  • First Review: 05/29/06
  • Last Review: 11/02/15
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