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This review is from: CORSAIR 64GB Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGS3B-64GB
Pros: The CORSAIR 64GB Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 Flash DriveModel CMFVYGS3B-64GB, arrives in a plastic sealed card hanger. The flash drive is made out of metal and is quite large. The length is 2.5”, the width is 1.125’, and its height is 0.25” thick. The 64GB capacity usb 3.0 flash drive is rated at speeds of: Read – up to 295MB/s and for Write – up to 170MB/s.
To test the advertised speed I used an Asus Maximus VI Gene Motherboard with Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate OS loaded on two Samsung 850 Pro SSDs in RAID0 configuration.
I installed 4 benchmarking software applications on this machine to measure how these benchmarking runs would compare to the speeds this flash drive is supposed to get.
I used ATTO Disk Benchmark, CrystalDiskMark version 4.0.3 x64, HD Tune Pro version 5.60, and AS SSD version 1.8.5611.397911.
The average Read/Write speeds I achieved after 10 runs from each software was:
1) HD Tune Pro: 269 MB/s for Read. 150 MB/s for Write
2) ATTO Disk Benchmark: 285 MB/s for Read. 86 MB/s for Write
3) Crystal Disk Mark: 310 MB/s for Read. 149 MB/s for Write
4) AS SSD: 285 MB/s for Read. 152 MB/s for Write
Prior to recording these speeds I was getting 25 MB/s Read speeds and 23 MB/s Write speeds. Then I determined I had not installed the USB 3.0 drivers on this system.
Cons: On the large size so you may have an issue with plugging something in next to an adjacent port. My work around is to use little extender cables.
Other Thoughts: Just make sure you have installed the USB 3.0 driver in order to achieve the advertised speeds.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router
Pros: Worked well for 18 days.
Cons: SSID broadcasting stopped on the morning of 06/17/2015. Spent 14 hours trying to fix issue. Some with Linksys tech support and no luck. Will try a replacement hoping this was a lemon. In the meantime hooked up an Old EA4500 I had in the basement. System back up with that wireless router.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate STDF30000100 30TB NAS Pro 6-Bay Network Storage
Pros: The Seagate NAS Pro, STDF30000100, arrives in a carton in which the unit itself is well protected from normal shipping hazards. The device itself is of a relatively small profile. And though the unit is the size of a small cube with dimensions of 9x8.5x7 inches, it weights almost 17 pounds due to 6 5TB hard drives residing in this space.
The instructions, even for a novice like me, are easy to follow to set this piece of equipment up. Follow the 5 step initial setup instructions on the NAS Pro Quick start guide. You just follow the On-screen instructions to complete the installation.
The Seagate NAS Pro settings can be configured in many options related to security, sharing data, disaster data recovery, performance, etc. I opted to set the hard drive configuration to Simply Raid. This allows the unit to have a maximum storage capacity of 25TB (out of 30TB) and allows the data to be rebuilt if 1 drive fails. There are options to create SimplyRAIDs, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, and RAID 10 configurations with single and double disk protection. Double disk protection will allow data to be recovered when up to two HDDs fail. Though this setup will decrease the amount of storage space on the 30TB 6 Bay model down to 15 – 20TB depending on the RAID configuration chosen.
I updated the firmware to version 188.8.131.52 from 184.108.40.206 on April 17th and that process went flawlessly.
Remote access to the NAS Pro is available thru Seagate App called SDrive. This is what I use on my Smart phone and my laptop. Since I travel extensively for my job I can access the data on the NAS Pro quite effectively from anywhere in the world in which there is connectivity to one on my devices.
You can setup your NAS Pro so that it can share Media, such as movies, music, such as iTunes, and pictures with UPnP/DNLA devices. I have turned this sharing feature on in the NAS setup options and it allows me to watch and listen to media on my Smart TV at home and from my Smart Phone from anywhere in the world I have connectivity.
The FTP function allows you to share files with anyone you want in which you provide them access to your NAS. The folders on the NAS are configured for Public and Private access so you can determine what access, in both read and write capabilities individuals will have when connecting to the device.
The device features a Wake on LAN function through the Seagate Network Assistant software you can download off of the Seagate site. This function will allow you to send a signal to your NAS Pro device to turn it on.
This 6 bay 30 TB model is ideal for anything from a personal cloud to running a small business. You have numerous options for setting up individuals/groups to what they can access on the drive.
Also you can use your Seagate NAS to be a Network Video Recorder through Seagate’s Surveillance Manager Software you can download from their site. It has support for up to 16 cameras. I plan on doing this soon.
Cons: My one dislike is that the device is a little noisy as it is placed only 2 feet from my ears. You can hear the platters spinning on the 6 hard drives and there is a small vibration. Though the device does incorporate some anti-vibration technology according to the manual. Though when I get my new wireless router I will place this device down in the cool basement and it will never be heard from again.
Secondly, the power fan that cools the unit does an excellent job and keeps the temps in the upper 30C range, but since I’m sitting 2 feet away you can hear it. These noise cons are trivial if you will be placing the device away from where you are working from.
Thirdly, just to see how long it would take to rebuild the RAID and resync the data I did a restore. It took 16 hours to do it. Expected the process to be quicker, but the system is still available for file accessing as the resyncing process was running.
Other Thoughts: In summary the NAS Pro 30TB unit is a solidly built device that should last for years if it is what your storage needs require. Seagate backs the device up with a 3 year warranty.READ FULL REVIEW
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