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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: These drives have been great so far, I have five of them running 24/7 in two HP n54L micro-servers. I had six, but dropped one of them on the floor, didn't work after that!! These drives are nearly silent, and run smooth. I received one today, it came very snail mail, transferred from Fed-Ex to USPS, and through the -20 deg F weather here in Wisconsin. I put it by the heat register and warmed it up, it works fine. Not sure about all the claims of DOA on these drives, so far mine are working well. Runs much smoother than S**gate brand.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: I would like to be able to try these against some of the other "NAS" drives on the market, but for my budget and needs, these fit the bill. I am running these with WHS 2011 and using StableBit DrivePool and Scanner for monitoring. Great setup, not free like a *Nix platform may be, but much shorter learning curve for me.

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Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great little server OS 09/26/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM

Pros: Very nice little server OS, somewhat dated in appearance and functions, but for the price, is the best thing on the market. I am using this with an HP n54L, the combination is very nice. Also purchased StableBit DrivePool, and Scanner, which integrate into WHS 2011 dashboard for data and drive management. Runnig a real Windows OS has so much more functionality than most traditional NAS's, plus you can use it to run other Windows apps, such as a DDNS update client, among other things. You won't be sorry with this, I only hope that MS will release an updated WHS version that is cost effective, not ~$450 like Server 2012 Essentials.

Cons: N/A

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HP ProLiant G7 N54L MicroServer Server System AMD Turion II Model Neo N54L 2GB 250GB LFF Operating System None 704941-001
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The HP n54L is a sweet system, got it on Shellshocker with the OS for well under $300. It came with a 250GB system drive. I installed a couple of WD Red drives for storage, and we're up and running. This has replaced a 6 year old HP MV-2020 that woked flawlessly, but started to develop power issues. This n54L is very quiet, smooth and uses little power. I am using it with WHS 2011, along with Stablebit DrivePool, and Scanner. ( Those are abosolutly awesome apps, check them out). Also using SubSonic for media streaming, (equally awesome) and Tonido for file sharing and remote access.This combination is a little more expensive than the "free" options, such as Linux, FreeNAS, etc., but for a Windows user like me, this is a dream come true for network storage, and media streaming. You get so much more than with a traditional NAS, and full Windows OS, so you can run other services, if desired. The build quality is very good, very "Pro-sumer", but as others have mentioned, there is a lot tucked in a little space, so getting the motherboard out, etc, takes some care. I installed a CD drive to load the OS, you will need a power adapter for this. This box still has the old 4 pin power connections, so you will need an adapter for a SATA drive.

Cons: N/A

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Display Name: Genesis L.

Date Joined: 10/24/06

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 12/18/12
  • Last Review: 01/28/14
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