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TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Quick read/write speed.
High capacity.
Got 'em on a Black Friday super sale for an excellent price.
Quiet (not silent, but quiet).
They all still work.
3 year warranty.

UPDATE 2/7/2016: Two years later, all five drives are still running perfectly; no failures seen. Definitely recommended.

Cons: No screws, SATA cable, or data migration software was included (i.e. wasn't a true retail kit).

Other Thoughts: I bought five of these drives for a new FreeNAS build; I'd nearly run out of space on my older unit. the RAIDz2 configuration is, for all intents and purposes, a RAID6. FreeNAS has no issues with these drives at all; every drive was immediately seen as a full 3TB drive, and the array was created without any issue whatsoever.

A write test on the entire array (i.e. all five drives working in tandem) yielded a raw write speed of 284Megabytes/sec - yes, bytes, not bits. This is more than double the speed of a gigabit ethernet interface, so I'm quite impressed in that regard. Sure, SSDs would be faster no doubt, but to get 9 fault-tolerant terabytes of storage on SSDs would be a purchase approaching the cost of a new car, so "thoroughly saturating a gigabit network" is plenty fast for me.

All five drives are still spinning flawlessly. No failures in four months of 24/7 uptime for these drives. I nearly took off an egg for the lack of retail kit niceties, but since none of the drives have given me any issue at all, I'm hard pressed to actually do so. Time will tell if these drives withstand the test of time, but I've got a stack of dead hard disks in my closet from every manufacturer, so I'm willing to give Toshiba fair chance this time around...especially since my set of drives was nearly $150 less than the drives I was originally eyeballing for this project.

Definitely have at LEAST one drive's worth of fault tolerance; I recommend 2 drives of fault tolerance since one drive will take anywhere from 10 to 30 hours to rebuild.


Pros: Works with optical drives.
Fast enough to burn four DVDs at maximum speed.
Reflashable BIOS.
Drives are hot swappable.
Ships with a collection of drivers, including ones to slipstream into an XP install (if you still need one for whatever reason).

Cons: RAID functionality didn't work.

Other Thoughts: tl;dr: My motherboard might didn't give the option to make a RAID before loading your OS and the config utility is worthless, but this card does work very well with optical drives, and is one of the few that do.
I got one of these to make a RAID-5 out of four 1TB Seagate drives. The card picked them all up, and showed them all to Windows in passthrough mode, no problem. The problem was that the motherboard I was using didn't show the BIOS load prompt (allowing me to create a RAID independent of software), and yes, I both tried multiple PCI Express slots, and I had the BIOS set to 'legacy' everywhere there was an option to do so, rather than UEFI. I tried setting a RAID within Windows using the utility, but the utility installs Java 5 (not kidding - it's still branding with Sun Microsystems...), and though it showed all the drives in passthrough mode, it refused to let me create a RAID group. Maybe my motherboard is just a bit of a princess, but the bottom line was that the computer I attempted to create a RAID-5 in wasn't able to do so with this card.

The reason I still gave this unit four eggs was because most HBA's I've used refused to recognize optical drives...or if they did, they would read but not burn, only burn at 4x, or some other really bizarre behavior. This one, on the other hand, worked perfectly. The machine this card went into was one that does audio CD replication for a church, and thus has four CD/DVD burners in it. An edge case for sure, but for them it's pretty important. I ended up putting the DVD burners on this card, and making the RAID array using the motherboard connectors. I was able to fire up Nero and burn an audio CD at full speed, to all four burners at the same time, with zero drops, issues, or other difficulties.

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fits eight hard disks without a problem at all.
Lots of places for fans, including directly in front of HDDs.
Bottom mount PSU.
Not excessively flashy.

Cons: ehh, only comes with one case fan?

Other Thoughts: If you're building a home/small business NAS, this is your case. Stop looking. Unless you specifically need more than eight hard disks, this is about the best case you'll get for your NAS. I used this case in my second NAS and liked it so much that I transplanted my first NAS into one as well. When I built a NAS for another company, I didn't even shop - I just bought one of these again.


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Display Name: Joey F.

Date Joined: 11/04/08

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 03/10/11
  • Last Review: 02/07/16
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