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StarTech SATADOCK22UE eSATA USB to SATA External HDD Dock for Dual 2.5 or 3.5in Hard Drive
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: My comments are all about e-SATA mode, I haven't tried USB. It is connected via an e-SATA bracket through to the Intel SATA ports in RAID mode on a Z77 chipset from Asus.

Data transfer rates are fine and it runs stably copying 4TB of weekly backups to a RAID-0 pair of HDDs.

Cons: Certain volume-management tasks cause timeouts for some reason. Formatting a disk, for example, hangs until Windows (server 2012 r2) logs:

"The device, \Device\Ide\iaStor0, did not respond within the timeout period."

On old 2011 Intel Rapid Storage Tech drivers, the format process completes after a timeout of a couple minutes. On newer 2013 and 2014 drivers, it never formats and often blue-screens.

This is true for HDDs and SSDs.

Plugging the same drives into the same e-SATA ports on the case directly, without this dock, runs without problems.

Other Thoughts: I mostly got this to plug big drives into to dump data on every week or so in rotation. It's fine for that. But when I want to add a new drive to the rotation, I have to format it using a different connection which is unfortunate. Why just formatting and some partitioning tasks? Maybe this doesn't pass some cache flush command correctly? I don't know.

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Optical Quantum 25GB 6X BD-R 50 Packs Spindle Blu-ray Media Logo Top Model OQBDR06LT-50
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Using an Asus burner running the Lite-On PL06 firmware from November '13. Imgburn sees the media as 10x compatible so I let it do its thing*. The first disc tried going over 6, but quickly reverted to 6 and finished correctly. Every disc since then has proceeded to 10x, and also finished correctly. So no coasters yet, most burn at 10x, and Verify confirms a solid burn for each.

* Source Media Type: BD-R (Disc ID: CMCMAG-BA5-000) (Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x)

Cons: none yet

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ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600 Multimedia Ultra Slim Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n support USB Storage, Print and Media Server
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Bought as the far side of a wireless bridge on the 5GHz band. Required community-enhanced firmware, but then works great, even when the wired end of the bridge is a different brand. This one sits int he living room about 30' from the other, and the PS4 plugged into it can now download at my full 15Mbps speed, rather than an awful 20kbps using the PS4's built-in 2.4GHz wireless.

As a bonus, the USB port onboard can charge the PS4 controller, when oddly enough a USB-AC adapter can't.

Cons: in-box firmware didn't have the right options for bridging and security

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Roger W.'s Profile

Display Name: Roger W.

Date Joined: 03/09/03

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 10/08/10
  • Last Review: 04/09/15
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