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MSI G41M4-F LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 4 years and still ticking 02/12/2014

This review is from: MSI G41M4-F LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I put this in a Mini ATX case with an Intel Q6600 and aside from dusting it out from time to time, this little board has never failed me. Used as a home server, it is tucked in a closet and the only time it goes down is when there is when a power outage maxes out my UPS. I upgraded to max mem, HD and put in a DVD R/W over the years. It was a good purchase 4 years ago.

Cons: If it would support more mem, that would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: Seeing this has served me well for an inexpensive board, I should have written this up 4 years ago!

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LACIE 2000385 Diskless System 5big Network 2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Frustrating at first 01/20/2013

This review is from: LACIE 2000385 Diskless System 5big Network 2

Pros: Raid 5.Quiet. Runs cool. This is not a beginner device, and their tech support assumes you are a novice at most things. I can't complain, I had problems setting it up initially. I popped in 5 1tb drives and set it to Raid5. It built the array, then 10 hours later found a fault issue with ID 03. I replaced it and let it rebuild and didn't loose any data.

Cons: However, Lacie pushed an update that I think p_ssed a lot of people off. I should have known better than to just update right off the cuff and wait till I checked their boards for complaints. As a result, I lost the web file browser function for more than a week. When I contacted their tech support, I was outraged to find you could not roll the update back like a regular bios flash, so I went without being able to do remote access through web. I hope they don't do that again. I'd sell the thing in a heartbeat to go through that a second time.

Other Thoughts: Since the initial pain the device has worked flawlessly. I won't let it sleep just because I don't trust it enough to do that. I find web browsing sluggish, but it will stream my music collection remotely. I have gotten wiser and have a backup that does incremental. The blue light up front is bright, but you can go to the power config and turn it off. Once you get it up and going, I think you would be happy with it, but it is not for newbies.

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LACIE 2000385 Diskless System 5big Network 2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Unbelievable support 11/16/2012

This review is from: LACIE 2000385 Diskless System 5big Network 2

Pros: NAS. Raid 5 redundancy. UPNP. In their defense, I have to say "Jon" was very patient, but totally useless.

Cons: I can't tell you how much frustration I am having with this company. If you are totally in Linux of Mac, you will have better luck, but if you are a total win dependent user this is totally ugly.
Bought this "thing" when my external raid5 (Venus T5... don't buy) totally puked the stripe so bad I could not recover 2.8TB of media files. Everything was just dandy at first. Then came the update. Not only did it kill my access to managing my content, tech support said the firmware was not reversible and there was no ETA on a fix. It's been over a week now.
Before they knew it was a firmware problem, they had me back up my entire collection (1.2TB that I re-uploaded fresh from my DVD collection) to an external drive. I went through their procedure to "reset" the device... which was totally ineffective. Then they notified me there were "issues" with the last firmware update and that they were working on a fix.... but they could not give me a time line. When the last firmware was applied, I lost access to all my audio file (56gb). Video files were still accessible. I could add files, but recently when trying to do an incremental back up, I was unable to. Wrote tech support, and they had the audacity to tell me NOW (which is not in their documentation) that incremental was only supported "incremental backup function will only work with external drives that are formatted for EXT3, EXT4, or XFS".

Other Thoughts: I can't tell you how at every turn of this adventure has turned into a total management nightmare. Do NOT purchase this thing if you run anything Microsoft.... it is just totally useless. I am so done with this. I'm sending it back.

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Display Name: Brian P.

Date Joined: 08/16/01

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 03/02/09
  • Last Review: 06/28/14
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