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VANTEC NexStar HX4R NST-640S3R-BK Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: When working, its a very simple to use external hard drive bay that can combine drives into a single drive or you can cut up the drives inside to be anything you want (1x1tb and 3x750gb is an example).

The fan helps keep the hard drives cooler & the lights can be informative if your not logged into the computer on the daily.

Usb 3.0 & esata to help ensure maximum connectivity solutions for people.

Cons: I've had it for 14 months now (just about) and the unit has become a hassle to deal with.

Of course I originally thought that it was due to the fact the drives were old (i used this to JBOD raid some old 2 & 3tb drives into a single backup drive for my main server) however it wasn't until after swapping out drives that I knew were working and see similar failure results (the raid controller just goes offline) was when I realized that the enclosure itself was acting up.

I swapped out usb connections (as my mobo uses two different chipsets to run various usb 3.0 hosts) & I even put in a USB 3.0 card to see if that would work. Nope.

Other Thoughts: When working its a nifty piece of equipment. As i mentioned in the first paragraph, i use this to JBOD various older drives as a 2nd backup to my main server. This enclosure is always connect to a pc that I use an unlimited online cloud backup service so it gives me 3 copies of my data (2 local and 1 in the cloud).

Looks like I have to find a new enclosure, possibly one with a longer warranty.

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X-Rite ColorMunki Smile
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs 2 years later.. i've rethunk it 11/10/2014

This review is from: X-Rite ColorMunki Smile

Pros: does an ok job if you dont know what your doing but in several trials of various screens and video cards, on avg the results were undesired and I had to revert to defaults.

Cons: everything. For the Price of this unit, your shy of buying a more adv device like Spyder4Pro which will offer much better results. I ended up going with the Xrite i1Display Pro because the new Dell monitors I got require Xrite's calibators to access the Monitor's LUT.

Other Thoughts: I gave this a better rating two years ago when I knew NOTHING really of calibrations. I thought it was just how the monitor was suppose to look like and I figured "well i guess that is why I needed to buy this..."

Since then I've had friends who are in the business stop over to see my setup and both of them felt that my screen was off in color. (they preferred my manual attempt at using the Windows 8 Color Mgmt vs this one. )

The Smile should be sub $50 to make it "somewhat" worth it but in my experience, your better off just saving up for a better tool or using the manual stuff built into Windows (there are various web articles showing how people self calibrate their monitors utilizing this).

As always you can gmail me at evilhomerclone with questions or comments.

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Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN000 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs not bad i guess (3tb version) 03/15/2014

This review is from: Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN000 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: out of the "NAS" type hard drives, these seem to just barely edge out the others in performance. It almost looks like seagate did just enough to make sure this drive does better. (but it comes at a cost, see others)

you get an extra year coverage over the desktop drives & technically these drives are designed to work in RAID arrays.

Keep an eye on the price, these are always going on some sort of sale.

Cons: 1. not taking an egg away but, one of the drives i got were bad out of the box. I tried 2 different arrays in a single PC then i tried just using it as a direct drive on a built in port but the pc could not initialize the drive. Newegg RMA'd it and i got a new one within a week.

2. ONLY a 3 year warranty. Your paying MORE for the same size drive, yet getting slower results. Your trade off is to be able to use these drives in a NAS device. Why can't my extra money get me a little more coverage. ? ?

3. Speed isn't something too spectacular. According to specs, the Maximum sustained transfer rate for the 3/4TB models is 180MB/s, however in some testing, i was only able to get about 130MB/s per a single disk. Once i RAIDed all 4 into a Raid 0, i got about 533MB/s. Dont get me wrong for a file server, that isn't bad at all, but i would have expected a little better. Something around the 620MB/s (based off the tech listed specs)

Other Thoughts: YES, i'm running 4 in a Raid 0. This is not the only copy of the data, its 1 of 3. So i can enjoy the luxury of having a fast data store for pc access.

Yes i know that in my nextwork, having bonded nics between my desktop and NAS will yield me a max rate of 256MB/s, so i'm not too upset that the disk are only getting around 533MB/s.

Oh, one of the CON's of having the fastest NAS type hard drive is that it uses more power (wattage) to run, because the drive runs at 5900RPM vs the tradition 5400RPM.

Since my server runs 24/7 i wanted to make it very energy efficient. My old standard Business Class drives would idle at 9watts, these drives idle at 4.3watts. At full load, they go up to about 7.8watts (vs the older 14watts).

Would i recommend these.., unless the RED's are on a massive sale OR you need something to be SUPER SUPER low power (Reds idle at like 3.4 watts), yeah i would get these.

as always you can gmail me at evil homer clone.

good luck

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