[QUOTE=thecamyth;2457040]ok, a couple of follow up questions. recently, i have been contemplating purchasing an ad-7240s, but would i be better off purchasing the iHAS324-98? Any reason to go retail over oem or vice versa? i’m feeling the itch to purchase one of the two in addition to the iHAS324-08, but i’m still new to this hobby, and i don’t have much confidence in my own discernment. any further ideas or suggestions is greatly appreciated.[/QUOTE]
It’s all about personal aesthetic choices in going for retail vs. OEM. Some people prefer getting a drive in a retail box, others could care less. I sometimes prefer retail boxes because I don’t always trust the way OEM drives are packed and shipped, and the retail box is inherently designed by the manufacturer to protect the drive from human handling.
In regards to the AD-7240S vs the iHAP324-98, I would probably just go for the AD-7240S in your case, because at this point, the 7240 has more up to date firmware and the 324-98 can’t yet be cross-flashed easily. Eventually it won’t matter, but for newer users who aren’t just buying drives to collect and play with, I would stick with the 7240.