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This review is from: Seagate Central STCG3000100 3TB Cloud Storage System
Pros: My data is, at this point, still mostly intact. Software has little configuration and is easy to use for managing it locally. Lots and lots of space for a very low price.
Cons: I've had some more "fun" and have some things I'd like to add to my original review.
have had the unfortunate problem that it seems to have corrupted some of my data. both in data that I've copied to or from it and seems to, in many cases, set it's own permissions on a hard drive that I plugged into one of it's usb slots. As I also mentioned, the format that works for different video formats is extremely limited.
Placed a visible folder in all of my music folders that looks like a system folder with a GUID name to hold thumbnails. Was fixed after a firmware update but I still have to clean up all the folders by hand and more often than not requires explicitly setting inheritance because cascaded inheritance failed.
Major issues with permissions! - Uses a Unix based ACL which does not match the Windows based system identities. Permission denied unless you explicitly give access to a windows identity, which in many cases is impossible without a firmware re-install.
had to re-install the firmware multiple times now and must manually go change permissions at times even though I have manually set permissions and told it to cascade. I cannot take ownership of any of the folders I've created.
Accessing public folder to get at Pictures/Video or Music requires you to have the media in the correct folder for that type of data to be accessed correctly when using certain ways of accessing the data.
Has a problem with special characters. I finally managed to move all the files to a new folder outside the public media type folders, renamed ALL files by appears to still have problems at times which aren't a problem if the files live outside the "music" folder for example.
Access speed is ridiculously slow, even on LAN with N900 router and 1 gb Ethernet connections.
Access with multiple apps or people will just kill it for insanely long amounts of time. Streaming means a 10-15 second pause between every song.
Accessing media via DLNA is ONLY possible via the Public folder. You can access data in folders outside public I believe, but I think it requires some sequence of events that I haven't been able to make work yet.
Using the backup software is the same as using Windows backup in the sense that you can't access the files directly and must be "restored".
Remote access worked at one point and then just stopped for no clear reason and hasn't worked at all since. It also must be set up via a 3rd party software that doesn't seem to work right and is "tacked on" to their paid software.
Has about 3 different pieces of software that I still haven't worked out the purposes and does things like give you a tab that basically does NOTHING remotely useful with one being a web based interface that you get to by clicking on a file in the Public folder root. .
Remote access is both confusing and rarely works right and leaves doubts to if the problem is is you or the software.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I tried again to give this a try and while it's definitely a good price, I must admit that you get what you pay for and I would NOT trust this system with data that I didn't care about losing, didn't want to stream and / or was easily replaced. There's nothing about this that has been pleasant and once again, I would NOT recommend this.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RX-DU101 Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA USB 2.0 Docking Station
Pros: Hot swappable access to full and laptop sized SATA drives. Perfect for quick access or consolidation of data from old hard drives without the need to mount the drives in enclosures or a desktop. Swap out drives is super easy and is simply pushing the drive in to place. It even allowed access to 2 drives that had one of the plastic tabs on the SATA connector snapped off. Does NOT require drives to be formatted either the way some enclosures try to do.
Cons: The only con that I have is that it doesn't support more than USB 2.0. Everything else worked flawlessly on these.
Other Thoughts: Got 2 of these for a very good price and they allowed the transfer of data around with the ease that I would normally reserve for jump drives. Highly recommend them.READ FULL REVIEW