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Pros: I've actually had good luck with Deskstar--from back when they were IBM & then Hitachi. They're now Western Digital which STILL keeps them OUT of Seagate's domain (they own Maxtor and most of the other HDD companies of yore). And my positive past experience has been 500Gig Deskstars. Seagate has had a lot of issues with their drives >1.5TB. They dump them on the markets (AmZon, Newegg, TigerD, etc at low prices but not much of a savings to buy a 2TB drive for $129 bucks if it crashes, taking your 2TB of data with it, in a matter of months.
Cons: I do see that Deskstar (moniker Deathstar) by some, has it's own bad reputation AND a class action Law for not honoring it's warranty. Apparently they've made some corrections to their design (Head doesn't hover over the same spot forever, eventually crashing....Seagate's original issue was that to develop GREEN high capacity drives they timed-out the heads after a period of inactivity, and they didn't park them safely---and without that airflow they tended to make contact with the platter--just another kind of crash.
Other Thoughts: So I'm going to give these a try. I had excellent experience with Western Digital until 4 Mybook, 3TB externals died after about 2.5 years. ALL of them. Western Digital RMA'ed them but frankly 12Terabytes of lost data can't really be remedied by replacement drives---AND when you're up to 25 or 30TB of secondary storage you need ANOTHER 25TB to back them up! The 3 Eggs at this point is just a vote of confidence to TRY this Deskstar NAS.
ALL these high capacity/high density SPINNING HDD's are relatively delicate--And ALL the companies have BETA'ed them on their Consumers while they figure out how to approach reliability. RAID of course--but I've had friends with 4 seagates in a Raid array--all go south at once.
This review is from: YAMAHA AVENTAGE RX-A820 7.2-Channel Receiver
Pros: 8 HDMI's in 2 Out
Many other connection options including mixing and matching inputs/outputs
Zone's didn't appeal at first but I've grown to like it
Infinitely configurable...almost too much but really can there ever be too many options
Very well engineered, plenty of heat sinking AND protective circuitry. This thing will shut itself off when overloaded or shorted.
OH Yeah, and I got it in that week NewEgg offered it for $499. Sensational value.
Cons: Not really the Power House Sound System I had anticipate but more than adequate for my Co-op situation.
Other Thoughts: Actually I bought this primarily as the INTERFACE between all my new and legacy Media Streamers, NAS's, DVD's, DVR's etc and a 60" Pana Plasma. Basically NO TV has all the hookups I need. This Yamaha comes as close as anything out there. I could actually have used an Optical out and some S-Video's In...for various needs but again this has just about every kind of hook-up anyone needs for now. Yamaha is great for multiple and complex hookups. AND it's an outstanding Base for a Kick-A$ Theater System.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fantom Drives GreenDrive Pro 2TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive GDP2000EU
Pros: Very reasonably priced and fairly low energy consumption. All that means NOTHING to anyone who's lost 2 or 3 TB's of data because the drive is badly engineered.
Cons: Well the major CON (in every sense of that world) is the fact that Fantom is using a Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS drive as the heart of this external. Don't have to leave this website in order to read all the bad news about Seagate's 1.5+ HDD's. Their major fail, (from a company with a great reputation in secondary storage) is now legendary. I had two 1.5TB's fail on me within a month.
Usually Fantom uses MICRONET or WD or other drives--and you never know what's inside these externals till you get them. To my dismay I find a Seagate! What made me even curious was that within a month this Fantom was making clicking noises of impending BSOD, and S.M.A.R.T already shows the drive is reaching critical mas with seek errors and an overall performance of 70%--by far the lowest of any on any of my systems. And Many Many folks are all to familiar with this whole scenario as it unfolds with these Seagate TB drives.
Other Thoughts: This Fantom was priced cheaply because Seagate is constantly dumping their garbage drives on the market at cut rate prices-how else can they move them. I'm sure Fantom got them for a song. Pity they got sucker punched. And it's also a shame that NewEgg continues to market Seagate drives of FAIL as much as they do.
Generally I like Fantom's Externals--I love the 3 interfaces (USB, Firewire, and especially eSata. But I'm already moving everything off this puppy and will negotiate HARD with Fantom to take this back and trade it out for something else. I don't intend to actually have data loss before replacing this nonsense.