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Thecus N7700 Diskless System Network Storage

  • Diskless System
  • 2 x 10/100/1000M
  • 4 x USB2.0
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General

Brand
Thecus
Model
N7700

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
2 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
4 x USB2.0
HDD Interface
7 x SATA (7 x Bay)
Port Others
1 x (PCI-e 1x)

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System
RAID
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD

Conveniences

Supported Protocols
TCP/IP/Appletalk
SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v3, AFP

Environment

Temperature
5°C - 40 °C
Humidity
0-80% RH non-condensing

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Corey G.
  • 9/8/2010 4:19:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS (7 disks!)

Pros: 7 disks!!!

Supports NFS/CIFS (although I haven't tested CIFS). Works very well. It recovers from power outages extremely fast. Does some checking in the background so back up in a minute or so (I'm using XFS for the filesystem).

When I grew it from 5 2TB drives to 7, the grow fs option worked great and was easy to do. It did take about 30 hours (2TB!) but the system was functioning the entire time (although a bit slow).

The box is well designed for air flow. No more overheating drives.

There is remote shell capability via a sshd module so if you want to do some faster copies to a usb drive, you can without going over the network. I'm sure it's not supported so use at your own risk.

Cons: Seems to have about a 15 second delay when doing an NFS mount. It seems to be some type of timeout, but I haven't called support or tried to track it down yet.

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  • Chuck D.
  • 3/25/2010 9:28:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat value: 4.5 stars

Pros: Great price for a 7-port NAS. All metal construction, quality case, and good for ventilation. Not as noisy as people say. It's about the same noise level as a PC. Very quiet when idled. Oh of course if you have fast and loud drives, you will hear it. I have 7 Hitachi HD32000 IDK/7K (which is just retail version of 7K2000 HDS722020ALA330) with RAID6 writing large files (backing up DVDs) and close to my bed, it's gets a bit noise. Just stop your backup just before you sleep or move it across the room and you will be fine. Speed and performance is not bad considering it's running at RAID6. GUI is basic, but does the job. Why get fancy GUI that can crash your NAS? It did crash/froze on me one time, when I had a bunch of incompatible WD drives and I was yanking things in and out, had to manual power off. But that was extreme. Currently i'm backup a bunch of stuff and forced CPU to 100%, NAS stays up just fine.

Cons: WARNING: check HD compatibility list first. I wished they had this flashing all over their site, it would have saved me a lot of head aches and re-stocking fee to return incompatible HDs.

Yes, like most people say, the documentation is bare bones. Generally it doesn't offer much in depth explanation. You should and need to know what you are doing. Just google some terms or watch youtube videos. Anyway, you should play with it a few days before placing any critical data on it. And yes, it seems like they just ran the manual and GUI prompts through a basic translator without any grammar checking. But, you can generally understand what it's saying. Not really a problem.

Other Thoughts: My setup: 7 Hitachi HD32000 IDK/7K running RAID6 with ZFS format. I like ZFS because I can use it pretty much right away while it's still building the drives. Not so with EXT3, I had to wait like 12 hours for the format/build to complete before I was able to use it. Oh, and I tested the RAID6 on this box by pulling drives out and re-inserting many times, especially with the bad drives. This box stayed up just fine except when I wanted to do a reboot, it got stuck/frozen. Other than that, this box works great. I have looked at QNAP, Synology, Buffalo, NetGear, Drobo, but Thecus seemed to be a better value. Had it for 2 weeks. So far so good.

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  • Jason R.
  • 12/17/2009 8:10:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat device

Pros: Very quite, great access speeds, intuitive UI(after firmware update).

Cons: none to date

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  • Robert D.
  • 11/15/2009 10:24:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsTotally Unreliable

Pros: New, clear, browser interface. Able to build a 12TB RAID array in about 12 hours. Files transfer from local hard drive to array at over 60MB/sec.

Cons: I have five of the Thecus N5200's which have been working for years with no major problems. It is very disappointing that this new product lags so far behind in reliability.

Other Thoughts: The N7700 is currently provisioned with seven Seagate 2TB hard drives which ARE on the approved drive list. I am also using the most recent firmware. After about two weeks one of the drives is showing 3 pending bad sectors. This small error has caused the NAS to crash three times, and I am now on the second attempt at rebuilding the RAID 5 array. No actual data loss so far.

When I first got the N7700 I tried using WD 2TB hard drives (not on the approved list) with the same problems as mentioned previously, but with much more frequency and finally total loss of data.

This product just isn't ready for public release!

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/27/2009 8:18:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRead HDD Compatability List

Pros: Multiple modes, from NAS to iSCSI. Largest drive bay count in the price range, allowing 10TB usable under RAID6 w/ 2TB drives. Can be part of a 'stack set' with other Thecus units (including another 7700 to provide a 20TB data sink!)

Cons: User Manual a little hazy in spots, but Thecus support is quick.

Other Thoughts: The comment about WD drives in this NAS is suspect, simply because NO 2TB WD drives have EVER been on the Thecus 7700 compatibility list. The only 2TB drive fully 'confirmed' is the Seagate LP, although most vendors bundling this unit with 2TB drives are using the Hitachi (currently about to be blessed by Thecus) as their 'drive of choice' (Hint: go with Hitachi)

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  • Rene F.
  • 6/17/2009 7:51:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood NAS Solution So Far

Pros: Provisioned a 10TB NAS in less than 3 days time, for a total of about $3100. Put 7 WD 2tb drives in this box after updating the TLER settings, created the RAID 5, assigned an IP and a share folder, and it was ready to go. Moved 2tb onto this so far and it's been acceptable if not stellar. Has 2 NICs installed so you can load balance or team them, or do whatever. I have them running as 802.3

Cons: On large transfers (~20gb, 500k docs) to the NAS, performance degrades over time to really unacceptable levels (~1mb/sec). Upgraded RAM to 4gb (from stock 1gb) to hopefully improve this performance. Reading from the NAS however isn't a problem, sustained read rates are fine. It could be the WD20EADS drives that are installed. Needed lots of space right away so 10k raptors were out, too small.

Other Thoughts: For those of us that remember 40mb hard drives and 5.25 floppy disks that held 720k, 10 terrabytes of data sitting in this little enclosure is just phenomenal. Not to mention the price, cost about $300/tb to implement, thats not too shabby.

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