Date Joined: 02/20/07
Pros: Good performance, good coverage. Fairly straightforward setup for an experienced user (as an experienced user, I can not comment on how easy or not it would be for a novice, but it does seem to have pretty good plug and play capability if all you want is a simple router). But, see my comments under Cons regarding setup.
Cons: CAVEAT: I was not setting this up as a general router, but as an access point with specific wifi channel assignments required for each frequency.
Even as a person experienced in network setup, the UI for this router was a bit of a chore. For example, setting it to access point mode does not automatically disable the DHCP server (an access point, by definition, does not have a DHCP server, so this is a significant oversight by the manufacturer). Either that, or it auto-magically re-enabled it on its own (off screen) while I was making other setting changes. It took me awhile to figure that out. I had to manually disable it at least 3 separate times. It does now seem to actually be disabled.
There were other issues as well where my manual settings did not stick the first time. I suspect some of this may be due to the UI trying to be helpful instead of just following instructions from the user. It should not be changing parameters off the screen of the UI when the user is making other changes. JMO (as an experienced user who does not need the helpfulnes).
Second, for network monitoring, the UI is wholly inadequate. A simple function like the network map (a listing of all connected clients) is incomplete. It did not show any wireless clients attached when there were clearly, sitting right in front of me, 3 different devices attached at the time. Another major annoyance for the usefulness of this is that it provides no way to edit the device names, so the map is mostly unknown with the MAC address shown. Not very helpful.
Overall Review: A good value for the price (I bought a refurbished model, which I assume merely means reset to factory settings and cleaned up. Hopefully it was not abused by the previous owner.)
My Cons listed above are mostly annoyances, and not major faults. They probably would not even be noticed by the average user. Since I was able to (eventually) successfully set up the router to do what I wanted, and it has good performance, I would buy this router again.
Pros: Large, inexpensive, does not use WD proprietary hardware encryption (like the My Book series), passed initial diagnostics with flying colors, operating fine (but I've only had it for a couple of weeks so far).
Overall Review: When I get a new drive, internal or external, the first thing I do is a complete set of diagnostics, including a surface test for bad sectors (this takes a LONG time on a 10TB drive, but I do it anyway). This drive had no issues whatsoever, including no bad sectors (now, I did NOT dive deep enough to determine if any sectors were mapped out already by the manufacturer).
I didn't measure performance, since I am using this as a backup drive for an older computer, so it doesn't matter (and any measurement on this older computer would not be useful to anyone here anyway), but the performance seems as expected.
BTW, I avoid the WD My Book series, since My Books use proprietary hardware encryption built into the drive controller inside the enclosure, which means if the electronics in the enclosure fails, you're sunk... data inaccessible... you can't remove the drive and connect it directly to a SATA connection and access the drive. While I don't buy external drives to shuck them, I want the option in case of electronics failure.
If I have any issues in the future, I'll update this review. If I haven't updated it, that means no issues.
Pros: Does a good job of heating the bed.
Cons: Too large and too white. Since we have a platform bed, there is no "under the bed". The unit is obnoxiously large and glaringly white. The hose is also obnoxiously ugly.
The hose/ nozzle pops off the bed when you sit on the bed. Constantly have to re-attach it. It is likely to eventually just break.
There is no "off" anywhere in the UI. You double tap "Heat" to turn it off, but if it is in an idle phase, that needlessly turns the unit on just to turn it off. This is the same for both the remote and the app.
"Biorhythm sleep technology" is nothing more than a way to time the heat / off cycles while you sleep. Bloviated marketing hype terminology. There is nothing "biorhythm" about it.
Overall Review: Unless you are desperate for a bed heater, it is not worth the money. It is ugly, has a poor UI, and uses insulting marketing hype terminology. It is basically a space heater with a hose.
Pros: Reliable. Flawless. No issues at all. It has been installed in my server PC now for 1.5 years. No issues at all.
Overall Review: This is my 4th WD Red drive I've purchased. The longest serving has been in service now for 5.5 years with no problems with any of the Reds. Excellent product.
Pros: Flawless performance for 11 months. (Update: flawless performance for 5 and a half years.)
Overall Review: Installed, formatted, it just works. In use in my home file server, made from an old PC.
Pros: Reliable. No faults at all for the last 3 and a half years.
Overall Review: These were #2 and #3 of the 5 different WD Red drives I have purchased. No faults on any of them, with the longest serving one having been in service now for 5 and a half years.
Pros: Fast; Reliable, solid connections - connects and stays connected. Nice weighted base. Good price.
Cons: The biggest "con" is if you are in the USA, Hot Deals 4 Less is selling the EU model, which means it does not support all 5GHz band channels that are legal in the USA (since they are illegal in Europe). Specifically, it will not recognize a router using channels 149 and up. Installation is a bit fussy. Utility UI is outdated.
Overall Review: If you are OK with the limitations of using a EU Wi-Fi adapter in the USA, this is a good price for an excellent adapter. It is fast and reliable. It performs very well i the lower channels. That's why I gave it a high rating. I knocked 1 egg off for the fussy installation and out-dated utility. But, if you plan on ever using channels 149 & up, this is not the adapter for you.
Pros: Drives are brand new and in excellent condition. Nothing flagged on any of the extensive diagnostics I run on all new hard drives. No bad sectors.
Overall Review: As stated in the title, I ordered the 250GB drives and goHardDrive shipped 320GB drives. Can't complain about that. And, the drives arrived in flawless condition. Well packaged, fast shipping.
Overall Review: These drives arrived in flawless condition. Well packaged, fast shipping.
Pros: Solid, seems to be a well build desktop charger.
Does its job (for as long as the AC cable lasts, anyway).
Cons: Has a blinding, laser-bright blue light. Even when covered with 3 --- three --- layers of duct tape, it is still bright.
The port labeling is not as shown in the pictures (which are bad enough) but are really silly. The charger is supposed to have two 1.0A ports and two 2.1A ports, but the ports are actually labelled: "IPad", "Samsung Tab", "IPhone", and "Android". IOW, they tell you completely useless information, as if the ports are actually brand-specific. Is the user supposed to believe that if he does not have an Apple device or Samsung tablet, there is only one port that will work? If they were going to go with this silliness, they should at least ALSO label the ports with the amp rating! This is SO stupid.
The stupid labels plus the 5000 candlepower blue light (OK, an exaggeration, but WAAAYYY too bright) resulted in a 3 out of 5 eggs rating.
Update: Cheap AC power cord doesn't provide reliable connection drops it down another egg to 2. I would not recommend this unit.
Overall Review: Update: AC power cord crapped out after 6 months or so. It uses a so-called "figure 8" power cord, and the figure 8 connector only lasted a few months, and most of this time it just remained plugged in, so in reality just a few connect/disconnect cycles and it was done. Cheap junk AC cable. Sure, it's easy enough to buy another AC power cable, but I shouldn't have to. Charger still working with a new cable.
Pros: I've owned this adapter for almost 3 years. Does its job when connected.
Cons: Constant disconnects. Goes is spurts of good reliability to won't stay connected for more than a few minutes at a time. When it does this, unplugging and plugging back in will reconnect, sometimes for hours, too frequently for only minutes. It has never been truly reliable or solid.
Overall Review: Why am I still using this? I honestly can't rationally answer that. But, I've finally reached my level of continued tolerance for its unreliability and am now shopping for a replacement when I saw it advertised again (I also bought it "refurbished".) Needless to say, I'm not ordering it again.
Pros: Ordered two. Ran extensive diagnostics prior to formatting. One passed.
Cons: The other had 10 or 2 bad sector which I was able to get the drive to map out, and then the 2nd drive also passed.
Overall Review: Given my intended use of these drives (to provide a clone backup to SSD boot drives), they were acceptable.
Just to be clear, this review is for drives ordered from goHardDrive.
Pros: Ordered 3. Ran extensive diagnostics on all 3. Two passed all diagnostics, no problems, no bad sectors, etc.
Cons: One of the 3 arrived with 43 bad sectors indicated. I managed to coerce the drive into mapping out the bad sectors into its own controller, so then the drive passed all diagnostics. Given my intended use of the drive (i.e. as an archive for off-line storage), I'm OK with this (it is still a risk, though). But, in general, this is unacceptable because the drive is indicating it is on its way down.
Overall Review: Just to be clear: this review is for drives ordered from goHardDrive.
Pros: Retractable feature is nice for car charging to keep the charging cord out of the way.
Cons: Arrived with the Type A connector bent. I straightened it out with needle nose pliers enough to use it, but this does not bode will, since the mechanical ruggedness (or rather lack of ruggedness) of USB connectors is the primary failure point for USB cables.
The micro B connector seems flimsy.
Update July 2017: The cable still works, but the retractor gave up the ghost, so now I have a thin cable with a useless weight in the middle. Knocked it down to 1 egg, since if you are buying this, you are doing it for the retractor.
Overall Review: It's working so far, but I doubt it will last long. Took off 2 eggs for arriving bent and having generally flimsy connectors.
See updated remarks under "Cons."
Pros: Appears to be good quality. It woks.
Cons: Coils are a bit stiff, so it won't stay extended with just a phone plugged it.
Overall Review: I bought these to avoid dangling loops of cables when my phone is plugged in and mounted to a windshield mount in my car. It works fine for that. Only downside is if the phone is NOT in the mount, the cable will drag the phone as it coils back up.
Pros: All cases seem to be in perfect shape.
Pros: Arrived in retail package in good condition.
Ran thorough diagnistics prior to formatting, and came through perfectly, no errors, no bad sectors.
Ran performance benchmarks on the empty drive (on an old, slow computer, Win10 32bit, with a PCIe SATA 6Mbps controller):
CrystalDiskMark 5.2.1 (C) 2007-2017 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 205.424 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 158.843 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2.772 MB/s [ 676.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.594 MB/s [ 389.2 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 200.892 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 166.521 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.393 MB/s [ 340.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.020 MB/s [ 249.0 IOPS]
Test : 1024 MiB [K: 0.0% (0.3/5588.9 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2017/07/29 9:42:24
OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 14393] (x86)
Not bad for my setup.
Overall Review: Caveat: The above is with a total of two days run time.
Pros: Great performance. While I have not run formal benchmarks, my PC is obviously MUCH faster and smoother in boot up, in loading programs, in loading files, etc. The SSD dashboard looks good, provides good information it seems (but I haven't actually owned the SSD long enough to say for sure how well it works if/when there are issues.)
Cons: I could not get the crippled version of Acronis that WD provides to create a bootable clone from the existing boot drive. It "seemed" to work, but the PC would not boot; it would get as far as the sign-in screen and just start flashing off and on, eventually trying to reboot with the same result. Pretty bad for such a big name as WD.
If finally downloaded the free version of Macrium Reflect and it worked perfectly. I took off 1 egg for this. I probably should have taken off more...
Overall Review: It is really unacceptable for Western Digital to offer SSD drives (actually, SanDisk) with such poorly performing and crippled migration software. Besides not working at all (!!!), it does not support cloning anything but the entire source drive. Given the cost difference between SSDs and hard drives, it is not at all unusual for the migration to be from a larger drive to a smaller drive, migrating only 1 or 2 partitions, and not the entire drive. Be forewarned: If you buy a WD SSD you will need a 3rd party migration tool., Fortunately Macrium Reflect is free and flexible and works flawlessly.
Test results. This drive is the Win10 boot drive & the Windows page file is also on this drive:
CrystalDiskMark 5.2.1 x64 (C) 2007-2017 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 558.243 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 535.701 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 227.027 MB/s [ 55426.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 197.049 MB/s [ 48107.7 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 510.895 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 499.752 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 25.152 MB/s [ 6140.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 40.713 MB/s [ 9939.7 IOPS]
Test : 1024 MiB [C: 46.5% (216.1/465.2 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2017/07/19 22:58:41
OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 14393] (x64)
Cons: I had previously migrated from this PCs original 160GB boot drive to a 2TB drive, but keeping the original boot drives Windows partition and Restore partitions intact. This means my 2TB boot drive had 4 partitions on it, only 3 of which I wanted to migrate to the SSD. Unfortunately, WD provides a crippled version of Acronis that will ONLY clone the entire drive. (However, that is not the only issue with the WD version of Acronis... it just doesn't work anyway... see my review of the WD Blue 500GB SSD.) So, I did not even try to use the WD / Acronis; I downloaded Macrium Reflect Free for the job. Lack of an acceptable migration tool cost them 1 egg; the free version of Macrium Reflect saved them from a 1 egg total rating.
Overall Review: This comment I also posted with the 500GB SSD review:
It is really unacceptable for Western Digital to offer SSD drives (actually, SanDisk) with such poorly performing and crippled migration software. Besides not working at all (!!!), it does not support cloning anything but the entire source drive. Given the cost difference between SSDs and hard drives, it is not at all unusual for the migration to be from a larger drive to a smaller drive, migrating only 1 or 2 partitions, and not the entire drive. Be forewarned: If you buy a WD SSD you will need a 3rd party migration tool. Fortunately Macrium Reflect is free and flexible and works flawlessly.
Pros: Plug and play with Windows 10, no need for the driver CD.
Performance seems solid, good throughput, obviously faster than my MoBo's SATA2 ports (but I've not run actual measured throughput tests)
Updated: 7/17/17. Bought another of these, with the same easy installation as the first. Install the card, power up, good to go. This 2nd one is in a i7 computer running Win10 Professional. Excellent performance.
Cons: None so far. Updated: Still no cons. 5+ months later on the first card, going strong, and in use daily.
Overall Review: I'd recommend this based on my experience of one whole week! I presently have two hard drives plugged in (neither are my boot drive, so IDK if there are any issues with that), one is a 2TB drive and the other is a 6TB drive. I have the Windows paging files moved to the 2TB drive. No issues so far.
Updated: 7/17/17: Using 3 ports on the 5 month old card, 1 port on the new card. No problems. Again, a reminder... I am not using either of these for the boot drive, so I have no comment on its suitability for that application.
Pros: Passed a full battery of diagnostics, no bad sectors.
Cons: Not particularly fast.
Overall Review: Not a lot of time with this drive yet (about a month of operation), but so far, no issues. It is mounted in a desktop PC, not a laptop, using one of the multi-drive 5.25 bay converters (Icy Dock flex fit).
Pros: Drive passed all diagnostic tests (found 1 bad sector, well within acceptable limits).
goHardDrive ships super fast.
Cons: Ill-fitting white label.
Overall Review: I ran this drive through extensive diagnostics. One bad sector, otherwise, no issues at all. The "con" is really minor, since the drive itself is high quality (at much as you can tell anyway in a short time), but goHardDrive really should spend another 10 cents per drive an use a label that fits neatly.
Pros: No bad sectors.
No issues at all with the drive.
Extremely fast shipping.
Cons: Ill-fitting white label looks schlocky.
Overall Review: I ran this drive through extensive diagnostics. No issues at all. The "con" is really minor, since the drive itself is high quality (at much as you can tell anyway in a short time), but goHardDrive really should spend another 10 cents per drive an use a label that fits neatly.
Pros: Well constructed (but I have not abused it in any way)
Does the job - powers a molex device from a SATA power cable (I'm using it to provide power to a USB 3.0 card).
Overall Review: Inexpensive, but does the job.
Pros: Short, so keeps the cables from my desktop charger neat and out of the way.
They work fine for charging cables (haven't tried them for anything else).
Cons: Very thin. Not an issue for charging, but IDK about data.
Overall Review: I bought 2 of these. They work for what I bought them for... very short charging cables.