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This review is from: ASRock Q1900-ITX Intel Celeron J1900 Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Cons: DOA. Mostly. Won't boot or POST with any config of the parts I have. Including a way overkill PSU and brand new RAM bough specifically for it. Tried with both RAM slots full. Tried with 1 slot full. Tried with no slots full. Will not even POST with VGA or HDMI connected. It starts up, reluctantly (spins over PSU fan, then dies, then comes on for good), then just sits there.
Also tried with an install of Linux on USB to see if it wanted to boot to OS before turning on display. Nope. Same behavior.
Other Thoughts: I'm RMA-ing because I really want it to work. I like the design and features. But if this happens again, that's it. I'm not the only one to experience this. Check the 1 and 2 egg reviews. Boards should at least be tested to POST and run a BIOS at the factory. Not sure how this happens unless ASRock's quality control is very lacking.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Vantec NexStar MX Dual Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA RAID Enclosure
Pros: It is a cheap solution IF you can find drives cheap enough.
Cons: Just not really worth it. Go look at pre-built RAID solutions on this same site, and you will see. VERY annoying setup. And it randomly shuts off for me and has to be remounted. I've noticed that just after a shutdown like this the enclosure is very warm. Also this seems to happen under sustained load, like streaming video to my HTPC, which is what I use it for, so.....
Other Thoughts: Just not really worth it at all. At the time I bought mine I got a steal on 2TB drives that made it worth it. But now you can get complete built boxes WITH HDDs already installed for around the same cost as building it yourself.
If you're going DIY, just build a cheap real NAS. If you understand the basics of Linux you can use a free OS to run a dedicated cheap PC with as many HDDs as you have room for, and in whatever RAID or mhddfs or aufs or etc that you like.
After over a year with this piece, I have to say I wish I'd just built a real NAS from the beginning, which is what I've done now.
Cons: Doesn't like to be flashed. Bricked twice in 2 flashing attempts via the web interface. Don't give me a web interface to flash with if I can't use it. Seems like such a simple concept.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to update since I contacted Netgear about my unit. First off, the email address they keep posting doesn't work, so it's just a PR tactic that they keep throwing it out.
Once I managed to get them they said a refurbished unit doesn't get the same support as a new one. Strange given the definition of refurbished, but what do I know.
Anyway, once they found out it was a refurb, they refused support and suggested I search online forums for help. Yeah, did that already. Didn't help.
Overall, I'm not impressed with this product or Netgear in general. Went back to Linksys/Cisco, and I'll never buy another Netgear product if I can help it.