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Pros: - Price
Cons: I was happy with this unit until I went to install a new video card. I needed to gently remove the cabling from this device to rerun power and data. When gently attempting to disconnect the power cable from this it removed the hard plastic power adapter that is supposed to be connected to the rack itself. This left pins behind that should've been solidly connected to the unit. I can still use this if I gently slide it back onto the power pins on the board, but there's no way for me to remove the plastic power portion of this unit from my power cable without outright smashing it open. I was very happy with this device until this occurred. 2 eggs because it works, but it destroyed a cable and I now cannot use it with any other power cable/length due to the adapter being stuck. It should be noted that this was purchased around 60 days ago.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
Pros: Size (1TB), Single port USB powered
Cons: This device was extremely unreliable upon arrival. Connecting the device to any USB port, whether 2.0 or 3.0, connected it at first without issues. After about a minute or two of connectivity it would disconnect and reconnect rapidly. This occurred more often if I attempted to transfer to and from the device. This made it impossible to copy anything larger than about 10mb at a time due to it repeatedly disconnecting. Updating/reinstalling the drivers did not resolve the issue. I was able to replicate the problem without fail on 3 Windows 7 workstations (2 64bit, 1 32bit).
Other Thoughts: Upset that I had recently RMA'd 2 other products the day before fully testing this, I decided to give it another chance. I opened the enclosure to remove the internal drive. The Seagate device that I received contained a Samsung ST1000LM024 2.5" drive. I decided to install this in a workstation (as I needed a hard drive anyway) and it now works flawlessly. I didn't have to reformat, just connect to the motherboard and power on. This device has not disconnected a single time since doing this. In light of this, I can only assume that the USB attachment that came with the device is incredibly faulty, but that the drive itself is reliable.
Seagate: Thumbs Down
Samsung: Thumbs Up
This review is from: iStarUSA DIY-RP-HDD2.5 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Mounting Bracket
Cons: Two glaring problems that I noticed right away were:
1) One of the brackets arrived bent, making it nearly impossible to fasten to the drive properly.
2) Even if the brackets were not bent and were able to connect perfectly, the screw holes that are used to connect it to the case/drive housing are not large enough to fit screws through. To be specific, the Antec Nine Hundred case comes with long screws to hold the drive to the drive bay. These screws are a relatively normal thread size, but only small threading screws are able to fit through these screw holes. Even in perfect condition, these brackets would have done nothing with small screw holes.
Other Thoughts: After coming to the realization that these brackets were not going to work, I used a spare pair of mounting brackets that I had set to the side for another build. These brackets worked perfectly. They were not bent and the screw holes and threading were perfect. The difference between products was like night and day.
I do realize that a very basic drive bay housing, such as a thin basic metal that comes in cheap/older cases, would allow me to use small threading screws to fit in these holes, but should this product really be limited to what cases to use this in when other mounting brackets aren't an issue?