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This review is from: SANDISK SDMX26-008G-G46B 8GB .96" Clip Jam(TM) MP3 Players (Blue)
Pros: Sound quality was good with the included ear buds. Song Transfer from PC was straightforward. I would like to have worked with the custom equalization feature if the main button had worked properly.
Cons: The main button was erratic from the start and after about 20 minutes of trying to navigate menus and move between songs it was largely unresponsive most of the time. The play/pause/scroll up never seemed to work. The only reliable function was pressing and holding for 3 seconds to turn it on and off.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P8C WS LGA 1155 Intel C216 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: has the hardware features I want
Cons: BIOS cannot be flashed back. Unable to use my current backup software on bootable media. Manual does not correspond to BIOS CSM and Secure Boot settings
Other Thoughts: This is an update to my prior review. Further communication with ASUS confirms that the BIOS on the P8C cannot be flashed to an earlier version. I still do not have a definitive answer as to whether the BIOS can be backed up. ASUS is sending me a 0505 BIOS chip. I flashed the current BIOS chip with the 3306 version and Acronis 11 and Paragon 2013 would only load if the RAID-1 drives with the Win7 64bit Pro installation were not in the system, exhibiting the same behavior as the 3202 BIOS. The Acronis Linux kernel is unable to load and the Paragon reboots endlessly. The ASUS P8C manual states that "BIOS updating is potentially risky" but doesn't disclose that you have to buy another chip if you want to return to an earlier version. The P8C manual also lacks a description of the CSM and Secure Boot options that are part of the 3202 and 3306 BIOS. Wikipedia discusses Microsoft/Linux incompatibilities in an article about UEFI and secure boot.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Although I have dealt with a failed 20 month old 500GB Caviar Black and a DOA 750 Caviar Black in the last couple of weeks, my overall experience with WD has been good (including two five year old 36GB Raptors still running in RAID 1).
Cons: 661 bad sectors out of the box is excessive for one out of three drives. WD should be aware of Intel Matrix Storage Manager issue.
Other Thoughts: I bought two drives and replaced one of the drives twice. For their part, Newegg was quick and painless. The first return was made after the Intel Matrix Storage Manager on an ASUS P7F-X labeled the drive as failed when the rebuild failed. The rebuild with the first replacement failed and HDSentinel revealed 661 bad sectors. A second replacement ended up fine after combing through the IMSM documentation. In spite of Intel's instructions to "resize the hard drive partition so that it uses the entire capacity of the hard drive" when moving a RAID 1 to larger drives, a troubleshooting tip says that a RAID rebuild can fail if there is insufficient unallocated space for RAID management. The first drive I returned was probably good, but I accepted the IMSM diagnosis when it listed the drive as "failed." The second replacement "failed" until I repartitioned it with 24MB unallocated space.READ FULL REVIEW