Seagate Barracuda ST500DM001 2 TB SATAIII Internal Bare Drive

Seagate Barracuda 2TB

Seagate Barracuda 2TB

This is a review of the Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST500DM001).

This is part of the “Barracuda” series, and not a Green drive. According to the manufacturer specs, this 7200 rpm drive has a 64MB cache, advanced format 4K sectors, 6GB/s interface. I cannot find any information regarding the warranty, but my experience with Seagate warranty has been pretty good.

From what I’ve seen with this drive, I would not hesitate to use it as a performance or data drive. It is fast enough to run the OS, and large enough to store tons of data files. In fact, I will be replacing my WD Raptor (10K rpm) drive with this one because this Barracuda outperformed the Raptor in ALL of my benchmark and real-world testings. (For detailed specs, see below).

Overall, highly recommended.

For more information (ie. benchmark numbers, tests, etc.) please read on.

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Review: D-Link DIR-651 gigabit wireless N router

DIR-651 front view


The D-Link DIR 651 Wireless N Router is one of the new releases of consumer routers from D-Link.  It is D-Link’s attempt to create an entry-level gigabit wireless-N router for the consumer.  Key word is “attempt.”

Is it note-worthy, or not-worthy?  Read on…

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Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The best chocolate chocolate chip cookies

The best chocolate chocolate chip cookies

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

From Martha Stewart Living

Ok, so this is not a post about electronics.   But I just have to share this cookie recipe.  It is by far the best recipe I’ve ever followed.  The holiday season and the festive spirit has given me the baking itch.

The cookie portion is chewy and moist, and very chocolatey.  I found the peanut butter chips to be my favorite option, but the chocolate chips are also very good.  I tried a batch with the peanut butter cups, which gave an interesting taste and texture, but was edged out by the peanut butter chips in overall yumminess.

I hope you enjoy it.

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