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Seagate 2TB Desktop Gaming SSHD SATA 6Gb-s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DX001) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Seagate 2TB Desktop Gaming SSHD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DX001)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 1153 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 3.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.7   average
Speed4.4   average
Packaging4.2   average
Shipping4.2   average
Write4.2   above average
Capacity4.1   average
Service4.1   above average
Boot3.9   average
Cost3.6   below average
Warranty3.5   above average
Read3.4   above average
Installation3.3   below average
Windows3.3   average
Partition2.5   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"It was only a secondary hard drive so I was still able to boot windows, but very frustrating as I just bought this and now it failed."
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"I used the Seagate software to transfer (clone) my old drive it worked perfect I am now saving my old drive just in case of a failure it does boot faster and i am pleased with it great product at a great price"
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"Every Windows based rescue CD would either not boot or boot so unbelievably slowly that it was useless."
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"I think Seagate needs to include a migration software CD with there drives so there is no problem with Secure Boot, a feature enabled by UEFI."
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"The Hitachi drive failed slowing the boot time to a crawl."
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"Great drive and really speeds up the boot process."
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"It was only a secondary hard drive so I was still able to boot windows, but very frustrating as I just bought this and now it failed."
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"I was able to boot if I pointed the BIOS to the Seagate, but I couldn't get the BIOS to remember this across boots."
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"I used the Seagate software to transfer (clone) my old drive it worked perfect I am now saving my old drive just in case of a failure it does boot faster and i am pleased with it great product at a great price"
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"I bought this to replace my 500GB Western Digital HDD from 2007 (it just started to show signs of failure, damn good build) and was debating between setting up a SSD boot and HDD storage setup - but (again) my system is a dell from 2007 (I don't really have the desire to replace EVERYTHING and fiddle around with setting up a boot drive and storage drive, so I just did a graphics card, RAM, and HDD)Therefore, I figured I'd give this guy a try - just as a proof of concept that it could work."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"The drive, although with greater capacity and the solid state cache, was no problem and installed as if it were a SATA drive without the cache."
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"These hybrid drives are a great compromise of speed and capacity, while not busting your budget."
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"But if I had to only have a single drive with high capacity this would be a good compromise between the sheer speed of a SSD and the higher capacity of a regular hard drive at a reasonable price."
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"The drive, although with greater capacity and the solid state cache, was no problem and installed as if it were a SATA drive without the cache."
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"The reason I am giving a 5 star is because of capacity and great customer service!"
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"High capacity and high speed, can't go wrong with that."
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"good quality, large capacity, reasonably fast hard drive."
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"Great capacity for the price."
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Cost

Cost:
"4TB of SSD storage at current prices would easily cost over $2,000, so at about 10% of that cost-- I think this drive is a very good compromise."
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"The SSD pros being its speed, but its compromise being its cost and lack of storage space."
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"Very cost effective way to increase storage and improve performance in an older computer."
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"File write times seem marginally better but overall the improvement was great and was worth the cost to me."
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"Outstanding cost effective quality product that does exactly what is claimed and really is an excellent compromise for those of us who can't afford an expensive SSD."
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"This is a damn good HDD don't be fooled by the Hybrid nonsense it's not an SSD but it's fast reliable and cost effective and in the end that's all we can really all for."
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"A nice alternative to a SSD at 1 2 the cost."
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Installation

Installation:
"With the 'free' Windows 10 download there were no installation problems."
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"Finally got around to installing the ******* thing and it had a hard drive failure according to my Lenovo hardware check software."
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"I bought this drive a month or so prior to this review to replace a six year old WD Green 500GB SATA II drive, because of my case design installation was not easy through no fault of the drive, It functioned very well with my motherboard and components with no special software and drivers needed."
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"I'd really love to see what this drive will do in my Lenovo M81 Tower (i7) but the Seagate Acronis DiscWizard software that's supposed to effect cloning from my existing drive won't install -- after accepting license and installation folder it fails, with Win7 Pro SP1 telling me it's not a real Windows Installer package."
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"I was receiving a number of I O errors an overheating after installing the drive."
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"I made an error or so during my installation and learned from it."
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"When I was able to start my Linux installation (from one of the old discs), Linux runs fine, but also had problem mounting partitions on the SSHD, writing to the SSHD, to the point were I couldn't even edit the SSHD partition table anymore."
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"Fantastic drive super fast if your a gamer it really helps with load time in games and cuts installing time in half love the drive"
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"Works very well, I've had a single crash on it, the day I had it after installing windows, but I'm accepting the fact it wasn't the fault of the SSHD, has worked great ever since"
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"Installation went smoothly and the drive works fine, and appears to be as fast as the WD Black drive was."
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"Installation in my late 2009 27-inch iMac required some good online instructions but it's worked great since then! "
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Very dissappointed in packaging, Drive came in static free bag plastic ends in brown non branded box no instructions, no cd, no cable."
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"I SPEN THOUSANDS AT AMAXON EVERY QUARTER BUT THAT STOPS TODAY AND I MOVE ALL OF MY BUSINESS TO New Egg, a drive that has your LIFE on it should last at least 1000 hrs run time , these are nothing but junk wrapped in a pretty sounding package it WILL FAIL ON YOU LEAVING YOU LIKE ME OUT THE MONEY AND WORSET OF ALL THE UN RECOVERABLE DATA THAT COST ME AT LEAST 10,000 IN BUSINESS LOSSES"
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"Arrived on time and well packaged."
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"Very well packaged, and worked like it was advertised."
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"So far it does what I want for my xboxone can't complain so far delivered quickly and packaged well for under 100 bills good deal I think"
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"Very well packaged for the 12000 mile ship to New Zealand."
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"Packaging was good and the drive installed without a hitch."
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Partition

Partition:
"SMART self-check and short test pass, but the extended test fails and btrfs frequently puts my partition into read-only mode."
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"When I was able to start my Linux installation (from one of the old discs), Linux runs fine, but also had problem mounting partitions on the SSHD, writing to the SSHD, to the point were I couldn't even edit the SSHD partition table anymore."
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"With Windows 8.1, it was little hard to partition because of storage size but we got it to work."
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"Acronis software has always worked great for me in the past as isn't based on Linux (it appears to be Windows PE) like many cheaper migration tools that are often unable to copy Windows GPT partitions or hidden recovery partitions."
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"Windows 7 64 bit did not allow the full 4 Terabyte on a clean install, but two 2 Terabyte partitions works very well."
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"What would be nice would be information about any extra steps needed to partition or fully erase it."
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"Creating an OS partition takes best advantage of this sort of drive by maintaining the OS physically nearest the boot sector."
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"No big deal as it is always a good idea to have a partition that contains all your personal data in the event you have to reformat and reinstall the C drive."
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"Interestingly, I did not get nowhere as good results when writing onto my second partition on this disk."
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Price

Price:
"THE REASON IS THAT, I PUT A WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE O. S. ON IT AND THE HEAVIEST THING I MAY DO ON IT IS PLAY C. O. D.-ADVANCED WARFARE AND APPROXIMATELY EVERY 8TH TO 10TH GAME IT WILL CRASH...IT COMES BACK AFTER REBOOT, BUT STILL NOT REALLY GOOD, IT IS SOMEWHAT STABLE, BUT NOT 100% stable, so it would be great and cheap for a 2nd storage like drive, but not main drive with your C: partition.....Other than that it is cool....And I am an I. T. Professional..."
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"Good compromise between speed and price."
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"Good compromise between speed and price."
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"it was a little bit of a challenge to install it myself my after purchasing a few affordable tools from amazon along with the help of ifixit."
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"Good price, great performance, no hassle."
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"I SPEN THOUSANDS AT AMAXON EVERY QUARTER BUT THAT STOPS TODAY AND I MOVE ALL OF MY BUSINESS TO New Egg, a drive that has your LIFE on it should last at least 1000 hrs run time , these are nothing but junk wrapped in a pretty sounding package it WILL FAIL ON YOU LEAVING YOU LIKE ME OUT THE MONEY AND WORSET OF ALL THE UN RECOVERABLE DATA THAT COST ME AT LEAST 10,000 IN BUSINESS LOSSES"
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"best price and got it fast so far no issues"
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"We have MACS and PCs, everyone noticed a BIG difference with these SSHD, even though they are not PURE SSD and are Hybrid, they work Great and for the price, you CAN NOT bet it."
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"Great price, fast service."
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"It's large, works well, and was at very good price."
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"Good buy, lots of space for a reasonable price."
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Read

Read:
"I have read some of the negative reviews and it looks like I ran into the same issue as them."
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"I've read complaints from folks who don't understand why their formatted drive is only 931GB."
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"Fast, but the read error rate is a little high for me."
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"Second used a star tech duplicator dock to clone my old drive that was having errors with freezing and locking up note read the instructions to ensure the target disk is in the right slot."
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"HOWEVER, A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: By all evidence that I have personally seen (two SSD drives failures) and also read in tech circles, solid state drives fail abruptly."
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"When the prediction fails, a file will not be pre-loaded and so will need to be read directly from the magnetic storage."
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"Worked great at first, then seemed to lag on some read and write, now it isn't even recognized by the computer or the BIOS."
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"I have an external HDD dock which allows you to insert any bare drive and access it through USB 3. with the 4TB drive i the dok, I am able to access, read, and write to it."
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"This drive has an average Read Speed of 175.8 MB s and Write Speed of 170.5 MB s. These Seagate drives were the first of this kind that I have reviewed and I was pleasantly surprised how fast these drives read and write compared to your everyday Hard Disk Drives."
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"You are getting the best of both worlds combining the high read and write speeds of Solid State Drives and the large capacity of Hard Disk Drives."
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"My disk info hardware, one of the answers to the questions (should have read these thoroughly first), and the user manual (http: www."
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Service

Service:
"That's not good for a drive that's only been in service for half a year."
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"Update 2013 10 01Amazon Customer Service apologized for the refund glitch."
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"Great Product and Reliable Service"
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"Great price, fast service."
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"The reason I am giving a 5 star is because of capacity and great customer service!"
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"Excellent performance and customer service."
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"Great Service."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"I was very pleasantly surprised, since far too often hard drives are just put loose in large boxes with other items, and they end getting damaged in shipping."
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"Fast Shipping, Product as described in excellent condition (no damage(Has been working for a couple of weeks, no problems whatsoever."
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"Great items with super fast shipping."
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"Amazon shipping was excellent, it was packed so it couldn't shift inside the box it was packed in, and the lack of extraneous packaging was perfect for me - I don't need the cables, screws and other items with a full retail box."
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"good stuff, fast shipping"
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"love it thanks for fast shipping"
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"Great price and fast shipping, item is exactly as described."
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Speed

Speed:
"Performing an RMA through Seagate, because this is pretty terrible."
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"I knew that I wouldn't be able to use the SATA-III speed, as my Dell motherboard only supports SATA-II, but hoped that the fast seek time would help."
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"Buyer beware, fast drive and all, but it can fail on you much sooner than you might expect."
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"Great speeds a whole lot faster than an hdd but my only problem was the width is the same as an actual hdd so it won't fit into any trays."
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"I will say, though it is not exactly amazingly fast (restricted more by the fact I only have SATA 2.0 in this old beast) there is a noticeable improvement in the most frequently used programs and files."
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"And now one and a half month, the speed is a little bit terrible."
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"best price and got it fast so far no issues"
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"For the speed and storage it offers, I find this a great deal!"
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"Excellent performance compared to regular hard disk."
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"Great performance for value for your desktop PC."
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"Now my trusty four year old iMac has a new lease on life for a reasonable investment and speed is like a new mac right out of the store."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"I did a lot of troubleshooting, used various disk utilities, repaired permissions, used different cables to connect the drive to my iMac, switched to different USB ports, ...finally I couldn't even run my daily clone backup which would fail due to disk error and ended up with corrupted and missing files so I sent back the drive to Seagate for a replacement under the warranty but fairly quickly ran into the exact same problems with the new drive."
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"I think I may have to start dealing with Newegg since they honor warranty problems."
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"Conveniently, on the failure page is a link to the Seagate warranty page which fills in the serial and model number for you."
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"Now, Seagate's warranty return was fairly painless - go to the web site, find the warranty section, select your model, and it'll tell you if you're eligible for a return to Seagate."
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"With a great warranty."
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"Please not that I have used the Global Warranty from seagate and these disks were RMA on Brazil."
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"Although they seem to begin to die off after about 2 years these still are good drives and the company is good about replacements when under warranty."
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Windows

Windows:
"It was only a secondary hard drive so I was still able to boot windows, but very frustrating as I just bought this and now it failed."
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"With the 'free' Windows 10 download there were no installation problems."
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"Linux based CDs booted just also fine, but as soon as Windows was involved, the computer seemed to endlessly try to access the SSHD, thus not booting successful (and there is no way to diagnose such problems under windows...)."
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"Unfortunately, it didn't last ...Windows started to freeze and wouldn't reliably boot."
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"I received a Windows application I O error followed by a BSOD."
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"not as good as ssd, however, the windows loads much faster, so you get a much better performance than a regular drive in addition to large space."
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"It was only a secondary hard drive so I was still able to boot windows, but very frustrating as I just bought this and now it failed."
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"I followed the YouTube video at this address: [...] This looks like a great solution for Windows 7 systems that support GPT."
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"I cloned my previous windows installation, rescue and utility partition with Macrium Reflect, booted into Linux, hid the old OS partition, made the new OS partition bootable, temporarily disconnected my old two drive, booted into the new Windows on the SSHD once (as recommended), then put my two old drives back, and changed the boot order in the BIOS to boot from the SSHD."
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"This worked great for a couple weeks - windows bootup and general operations was much faster."
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"It takes a while to really notice the difference as data gets cached, but after few days the system responds much faster - easy to notice right after Windows starts."
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Write

Write:
"I am inclined to blame the controller board, since the problem inevitably comes down to write issues."
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"Then I started seeing errors about not being able to write to the new disk."
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"Worked great at first, then seemed to lag on some read and write, now it isn't even recognized by the computer or the BIOS."
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"works perfect 180MBs write i use for backup drive"
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"Oh and by the way, stop making your employees write good reviews with five stars."
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"I have an external HDD dock which allows you to insert any bare drive and access it through USB 3. with the 4TB drive i the dok, I am able to access, read, and write to it."
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"You are getting the best of both worlds combining the high read and write speeds of Solid State Drives and the large capacity of Hard Disk Drives."
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