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Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: First, understand that when you format a 1TB drive you will see what occurs to be some lost space. When in fact what you are looking at is the difference between drive makers TB and chkdsk TB. They are not the same, drive makers use decimal 1000 everyone else uses binary 1024 (2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2) as the basis for Kilo Mega Giga Tera. So drive makers write 1TB = 1 000 000 000 000 bytes (13 digits). Terabytes by chkdsk are = 1 099 511 628 xxx bytes (calculator only shows 10 significant digits) = 91%, formatted drives lose 9% without losing anything, because chkdsk reports binary size. In saying all that when you format this drive you will have a formatted NTFS drive that shows 9.08 TB Free. So you lost almost 1TB you never had in the first place.

I set this drive up using a MSI ProBox130 2M-007BUS Intel 4th gen. (Haswell, Max TDP: 84W) Core/Pentium Intel Socket LGA1150 (Intel Celeron G1820 Haswell Dual-Core 2.7 GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G1820 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics) that I converted to a server for my network at home. The network consist of 4 desktop computers, 7 notebook computers, and 3 cell phones. They all share a Windows 10 configured network. I also used Windows 10 Professional to configure the server and had no problem connecting to the network and sharing files and folders on the network. I did not open the server up to the internet for file and folder sharing. I have moved all videos and movies to this server as a secondary backup for the house and I am running a 3 month reliability test on this HDD. Two weeks in and no disruption in streaming of failure to load movies has been seen. So far this drive is faring well and might be an acceptable storage device.

A search of the internet and you will find NAS that are compatible with 2, 4, 6, and 8TB HDD and not the Seagate Iron Wolf ST10000VN0004. Some NAS will reject the formatting of a drive that is larger than its maximum capacity depending on their scalability. Synology’s site shows that the DS1515 is compatible with the drive, but I do not want to lock the drive so…I found it easier to build a server and attach it directly to the router with a Kaybles 25ft CAT6A-25S 25 ft. Cat 6A Blue Color Shielded Stranded STP Network Cable Blue Color 25 feet cable. This enhances the connection between the server and the other computers on the network. This setup has been up for two weeks with a solid connection and file sharing between devices. Sometimes with a drive this size we tend to believe that it will never be filled. Reminiscence of days one by when the 1GB drive came to the market, 10TB is the new 1TB. Excellent drive so far with no issues.

Cons: None at this time for this drive.

Other Thoughts: As with all new items the price out shadows its greatness. It has a 3 year warranty. Only 3 years…not a good sign when buying a disk of this size, you might be replacing the drive every 3 years. I do recommend this drive if you are installing a NAS or a home Server…if it is a home server add as many additional case fans as you can install for cooling.

Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5
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Pros: This drive is an easy install and will fit all notebook and desktop computers. I mounted this on in an Acer, Toshiba, and Lenovo notebook computer. They all recognized the drive and install the proper SATA drivers.
The first install was Windows 7 in an Acer 5742z-4200 with 4GB of DDR3 memory. I expected a slow install since the drive is a 5400rpm drive and not an SSD or a 7200rpm drive. Windows 7 installed at a moderate pace and was completed with updates in 45 minutes.

Second install was in a Toshiba TECRA R840-S8430 with Windows 8.1Pro. Needless to say I was quite impressed with the installation performance using Windows 8. Complete installation with updates was less than 30 minutes. I then upgraded to Windows 10 with no issues or problems.

Third install was a clean install of Windows 10 OS drive to the drive with ease and less time than I have seen on other drives. This too was surprising…the entire installation process took 38 minutes. I have done clean install of W 10 on spin-up drives that has taken 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once complete the drive ran flawlessly. This drive was definitely faster than the standard 7200 RPM drives.

The last install was a clean install on a Lenovo Ideapad U 460 with 4GB of memory, I then reformatted the SSD and placed it in the TECRA R840-S8430 with 8GB of memory and reloaded the Windows 10 OS, this time in less than in 27 minutes. The final installation on the Toshiba TECRA R840-S8430 with 8GB of DDR3 memory has been running fine with no noticeable defects. For everyday use this drive will fit the needs of most users. There is a noticeable difference in speed of this drive and the 5400 & 7200 rpm spin-up drives and the other SSD’s I have been using.

Cons: At this point and time I have not noticed any failure or potential failure in this drive. It performs with some of the better SSD’s on the market.

Other Thoughts: Recommend this drive for Desktop because of additional storage bays. Would recommend the Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 960GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP960GBSS3S55S25, for notebooks because of the additional storage capacity.

Netgear Arlo Q - 1080p HD Wi-Fi Security Camera with 2 Way Audio & 7 Days of FREE Cloud Recordings - VMC3040-100NAS
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Pros: Easy setup.

Pretty good quality on video.

Give a free Basic Plan with 7 days recording, can add up to 4 cameras for a total or five, allowed 1GB of Cloud storage and limited to 3 Months support from NetGear.

This camera is recommended for indoors use only.

Cons: This will make a great surveillance camera, but not a good security camera.

Outside the house you will have add electrical outlets or place near already installed floodlights with a waterproof outlet for power. You will also have to encase the plug and cord in something to prevent tampering with the power source. Even though it is wireless it still needs a power source which lends to it being vulnerable to anyone that can unplug a plug from a socket.

The price of one camera is equivalent to some wired security systems with 4 cameras.

You will have to input your SSID and Password on the Arlo website. Later you will then set up an account with an email address and another password. When you read the agreement, you are held responsible for anything that comes under your Username and Password. Nothing is said about Arlo and your SSID and Password.

There is a momentary delay in recordings and you are only given a choice of saving Favorites, Sharing, Downloading, and Deleting videos. You can opt for a non-stop video recording Cloud Video Recording (CVR) service. You cannot record directly to your hard drive or phone...1 egg deduction.

All add on cameras say that you will require Arlo Camera Kit, or Nighthawk R7000 nothing is mentioned about the Arlo Q. They may or may not connect to the Arlo Q. When you go to the website they sell the Arlo Q with the wireless cameras for outdoors, but you will be required to purchase a base station.

Other Thoughts: This camera is recommended for use indoors. You cannot connect the Arlo Q-1080P HD to the Netgear Home Security system, it acts as a camera and base and stands alone.

They offer two other plans:

Premier with 30 Days of Cloud Recordings
(Up to 10GB Cloud storage)
Up to 10 cameras
Unlimited Support

60 Days of Cloud Recordings
(Up to 100GB Cloud storage)
Up to 15 cameras
Unlimited Support

Optional 24/7 CVR

Basic, Premier, and Elite plans allow Arlo cameras to record only when motion or activity is detected. However, if you have an Arlo Q camera, you can now record 24/7 non-stop to the cloud by selecting a CVR plan to the camera.

14 Days of 24/7 CVR
Monthly $9.99 per Camera
Or Annual $99 per Camera

30 Days of 24/7 CVR
Monthly $19.99 per Camera
Or Annual $199 per Camera

Get 50% OFF on purchase of additional CVR plans
(If you purchase more than 1 plan per account)

Overall I cannot recommend Arlo Q unless you just want a camera for indoors to monitor your house while you are away or a child's room when you are at home or away. It is not recommended as stated for outdoor use, inside it works appropriately.


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