Joined on 03/18/06
Pros: Small form can be mounted nearly anyplace, Great mounting device that can turn to allow connections to be made without crawling around under a desk/shelf. Still a fan of the Intel ATOM especially these newer dual cores, you cannot beat the Price/Performance ratio making these a great choice for HTPC's. The NVidia graphics is much better than the Intel version... running Ubuntu (Linux) with XBMC the NVidia is a must and well worth it.
Cons: I do wish that two of the USB 2.0 ports were on the rear, along with the Audio and Mic jacks... it would save having cables wrapped around to the front all the time.
Overall Review: There is no LED for HDD activity, not really a con as most who would use this as an HTPC would not really want that flashing at them all the time anyway, but sometimes it is nice to be able to tell if there is actually activity on the HDD. There has been no compatability issues with Ubuntu on any of the hardware, all working out-of-the-box. Add an optical sound link and this would be exceptional.
Fair, but not the best
Pros: Love the flip-type design and the fact that the USB plug retracts into the case no plastic or rubber caps to worry about loosing. The amount of space on this is a great plus, plenty large enough to use as a back-up drive. Price point for the size is respectable. Blue activity light that isn't overly annoying... I do prefer Blue over other colors for these indicators.
Cons: As a USB 3.0 device goes the write rates are terrible. As the size would be a good choice for back-ups I could not suggest using it as such, the writing of the back-up would take an eternity in computer terms. To rule out the possibility that it could be my PC I tested the performace of this and another Corsair drive I hade from a while back that was also USB 3.0 on both Ubuntu and Windows machines... the results were quite conclusive. Could this be a firmware issue?
Overall Review: Well.... seems it can be read from at a reasonable rate... but it seriously lacks in the write category. For comparison I included results from a Voyager GT that I also have... and it beat the socks of this Voyager LS. I was so totally startled by the initial results of the first benchmark I did on the Voyager LS, that I had to Benchmark another 3.0 drive for comparison as I knew the numbers were off from what they should be. As benchmarked by the Disk Utility on Ubuntu 12.04 64Bit... Maximum read rates were virtually identical for both the Voyager GT and the Voyager LS USB 3.0 drives at 123.9 Mb/s and 124.5 Mb/s respectively. The Maximum write rates tell all however, with the GT peaking at 100.4 Mb/s and the LS only limping in with 49.5 Mb/s... barely performing any better than a USB 2.0 drive. I performed four tests on each drive on two different pc's one running 32Bit and one running 64Bit and I used the best of the tests for comparison and both seemed to perform the best on the 64bit box. As benchmarked by CrystalDiskMark on my 32Bit Win7 box... the Voyager LS faired no better, doing barely half as well as the GT, with Sequential read rate of 77.25MB/s compared to the GT's 125.3MB/s and write rate of 35.95 MB/s compared to the GT's 90.92 MB/s. If you need to archive photos or music this drive would suffice... but don't expect to transfer large files too quickly, certainly not at USB 3.0 speeds.
Toshiba L200 Laptop Drive
Pros: This drive is very quiet! Much more quiet than other platter type laptop drives I have had in the past including the Toshiba drive that is currently in use in my laptop, I may have to swap them permanently. The larger 128MB Buffer is a help when dealing with the slower platter speeds of the Laptop HDD that spin only at 5400 RPM vs 7200 RPM. It is a needed power saving move for laptops using HDD over Solid State drives. I find with this drive the performance is above what is usual of a 5400 rpm drive. The thin frame allows installation in notebooks requiring the smaller size and allows extra cooling space in others that can take a larger drive.
Cons: As usual the 5400 RPM platter speed does reduce performance a small bit.
Overall Review: I would recommend this to others, It has a good price point and storage capacity as well.
Toshiba X300 6TB
Pros: Storage capacity, Buffer size, Performance with large files, 7200rpm
Cons: Weight? much heavier than any other drives I have had, but then again it IS a 6TB drive.
Overall Review: Although I do not get the test numbers that the manufacturers test data claims, (I very seldom do). Difference in equipment is sure to be the cause, that being said… this drive is no slouch. The 128MB buffer is just the ticket for those large graphics files. Although I am not a gamer I am an artist and work with very large graphics files with The Gimp and Inkscape to name a couple and the loading times are far better with this drive than any of the drives I have had in the past, even the boot time is nearing the range of some of the SSD’s I have used. Using the GPT partition table to make use of the full 6GB, I proceeded to do a full installation of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit and once up and running on the new system I was very pleased with the performance of this drive. There are features found in this drive that other desktop drives do not normally have that are aimed at performance, especially for gaming. This drive far outperforms the 2.0TB competitor I am currently using in this machine and I will likely clone my existing drive over to this one to take advantage of the increased performance. No real Con’s or peculiarities noted during my testing of this drive, it is rather heavy, but it is a 6GB drive after all… As with any drive, longevity will be the ultimate test… but at this point I would certainly have no issues recommending this drive to anyone wanting to boost their storage capacity or performance. So far I have not noticed any temperatures that others have noted in other reviews. This drive has been running a cool 90 to 100 Deg F over the week that it has been in use so far, even during the transfer of nearly 1TB of movies onto the drive... perhaps my case has better airflow around the drive? The machine used for the test was an HP-Elite Memory 16.0 GiB Processor Intel Core i5 CPU 650 @ 3.20GHz x 4 Graphics Intel Ironlake Desktop I ran the Benchmark test twice with little of any difference between them; Sample size : 10.0 MiB Average Read Rate : 176.6 MB/s (100 samples) Average Write Rate: 109.9 MB/s (100 samples) Average Access Time: 11.94 msec (1000 samples)
Seagate IRONWOLF NAS Drive
Pros: A trusted brand, engineered for a specific job, Available as a 5900 or 7200RPM drive and in multiple capacities to fit your needs, 64MB Cache. (on a side note: Hey Seagate, I love the Icons that have been developed of each of the families of drives!)
Cons: Access time does take a small hit on the 5200 RPM unit but for most users like me for home entertainment purposes it will perform well enough. If you require faster access times just go with the 7200 RPM unit instead, but then you have more spin-up time.
Overall Review: Rather than copy and paste all the results from my testing I will simply say that the specs that Seagate lists on this drive are within a reasonable approximation of the data that I acquired during my testing. Placed this drive into my RAID array and it went to work without any trouble or further intervention from me. Once in the Raid case it is virtually silent, no more noisy than any of the other drives that turn at 5900 R's . I have always purchased the Seagate Surveillance grade HDD's to use in my HTPC system arrays and they have always worked well for me and I have had some in use for more than 5 years now. Time will only tell how the IRONWOLF holds up, hence I dropped the 5th egg. I will say that it has to be proven to earn that last egg. I have always preferred Seagate over others, I hope this one maintains my trust, for the time being all going well!
Great Capacity and Speed for the Cost!
Pros: Silicon Power 64GB SD card Class 10 … What’s not to like. Compares well with my existing 32GB Class 10 SD card. I have recorded several video clips at the highest quality with my Android phone and it has performed without any issues. It comes formatted to the exfat file system which is mostly universal between digital devices, no need to format this card unless you prefer a different FS, however the exfat format overcomes the fat32 limitations of 4GB max file size, so for extended recording exfat is a huge plus.
Cons: During my testing no real cons noted. I would say longevity will be the key, only time will tell.
Overall Review: If you are working with Ubuntu Linux or other Debian based distro’s you will need to install the software needed, in terminal simply use: sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils after this is finished there are no problems accessing and formatting the exfat file system using your favorite .deb based Linux. I would suspect that the proper .rpm packages would also have to be installed in any of the Redhat based distributions as well.
Although the first drive crashed within 10 days of placing it in use, the RMA went very well and I had my server back up in as short a time as possible in a case like this. (Not related to my experience here but I am beginning to doubt Seagate drives, seems I am getting more of their drives lately that fail before they should. The last was a 3TB that was only in use for little more than 1 year.)