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This review is from: QNAP TS-101 9-in-1 NAS Server
Pros: 1. Customer support (I got email addresses of 5 people in their company!; they took time to remote access my NAS to see issues) 2. Does many things only a full computer can do (at a much lower power output, 36W). 3. Quiet. 4. Can connect many HDDs (I have connected four 500 GB HDDs). 5. Firmware is Linux-based (3rd parties added MySQL capability for example). 6. Mirroring of internal HDD (they call it QRAID and it's much more stable nowadays).
Cons: 1. Cannot write to NTFS drives (their new TS-109 Pro can! Newegg.com please stock this!), only read. 2. It's microprocessor is slow when doing more than one function (their new TS-109 Pro is faster!) 3. Gets too hot to touch (but their testing shows HDD not too hot [I am a test engineer in RL and I approve of their testing method]). 4. Early, buggy software issues adequately being addressed with regular firmware updates (your mileage may vary). 5. Some network, OS & PC knowledge to use effectively.
Other Thoughts: This device is very complicated so I cannot fit everything in this review. Compared to what is selling now, this unit scores high IMO. I have used this NAS in every iteration except as an iTunes server (Apple, yech!), Disaster Recovery (I have only one TS-101) and as a Print Server. Everything else (including Telnet) just works. As it's in a home it's not often that more than one function at a time is used. Firmware upgrades are regular and so far all have some increased functionality as well (interpret as "something more for what you already paid for"). Looking forward to TS-109 Pro which is faster and can do more functions silmultaneously.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It appears to have all that is needed to do the job: 1. USB and eSATA plus all cables. 2. Holds down HDD with 4 screws, great for heat dissapation. 3. Has a fan. 4. Fan is very quiet fan. 5. Very slim. 6. LEDs indicate drive activity for both USB and eSATA.
Cons: Could not get the eSATA port to work consistantly with 500 GB HDDs from WD and Hitachi while connected to a Qnap TS-101 NAS. Worked TWICE out of hundreds of tries and that was only until it soon locked up. Verified the TS-101 eSATA port worked with the same HDDs and a Cintre CI-355SU2 enclosure. Might be a SATAII issue but forced the WD HDD into SATAI mode and it still wouldn't work.
Other Thoughts: The Rosewill RX353-S SLV is identical to the Nspire
NSP-HD-343-SSC. I returned the Rosewill once through Newegg and the Nspire through the vendor I bought it from. That's FOUR enclosures of this type I tried to get to work through the eSATA port and it was a no go! I would use the Cintre's enclosure for a SATA port except they have no indication of HDD activity, only for USB.
This review is from: CINTRE CI-355SU2 Aluminum 3.5" SATA USB & eSATA External Enclosure
Pros: 1. Has a SATA connection and supports SATAII. 2. Has a fan and fan switch. 3. Has a power light and on/off switch. 4. Supports USB2.0. Conclusion, basically, it works.
Cons: In order of importance but still minor things - 1. No read/write LED for SATA usage, the red LED for read/write works only during USB usage (Cintre confirmed this). 2. Fan sw not attached inside on one side but no sweat, never changing fan setting from ON anyway. 3. No rubber mounts so you hear HDD noise through table so just mounted on a rubber pad.
Other Thoughts: Using it with a Qnap TS-101 as a USB QRAID backup. The other guy needs to find the other HDD screw on the side - there are TWO screws to hold the HDD, not one. There is only one tiny screw to hold each end cap but it works fine. Gave it a 4 out of 5 because the read/write LED should work for SATA as well as USB.READ FULL REVIEW