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New Swivel Metal USB 2.0  Key Chain Flash Memory Stick Pen Drive Thumb 128G 128GB / 256G 256GB
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Notta

Cons: It did actually arrive. I knew it was a gamble at the price it's listed but it was cheap enough to give it a shot. It came formatted FAT32 which was a bit odd since you would normally expect any thumb drive this supposed capacity to be formatted exFAT. Began copying files to it. It's slow at 2.5MB/s but at this price thats to be expected. Gets to 1GB of data copied and says the disk is write protected. Well lets format it and try again right? Wrong explorer says it's write protected. Unplug it and plug it back in, shows up as having no filesystem anymore at all (RAW). OK try to format it exFAT in explorer. It fails with unable to complete. Try with NTFS, same failure. use a third party FAT32 formatting tool since Windows won't even let you format anything this size FAT32 natively. It quick formats but again copying data at 1GB it disappears and the file system goes away. My gut says there is only really 1GB of flash in it and the firmware has been altered to report an incorrect amount but I can't prove that. What I can say is it's junk and since it's not worth the cheap price to deal with RMAing the thing to China they're going to get to keep my money. Don't give them yours too.

Other Thoughts: I normally never buy anything on here that isn't actually sold by NewEgg themselves, this is why.

Synology DS412+ Diskless System High-Performance & Easy to Manage 4-bay All-in-1 NAS Server for SMB Users
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I purchased this a little over a month ago and loaded it with WD 4TB Red drives. I have since updated to the new DSM 5 which is really nice and greatly simplifies mobile use off your LAN. It ran non-stop from initial setup until yesterday when I updated the firmware without a hitch. The firmware updates have to reboot by their very nature. Overall I am super satisfied with this device. It isn't only a NAS it can serve iSCSI and pretend it's a SAN, it serves music, video, and if you want it can even be a directory controller, DNS, web or FTP server. However it does require you understand exactly what those things are to set them up properly. The new DSM 5 mobile app stuff is pretty simple for a novice user but the other stuff does require you actually know what you are doing.

Cons: I couldn't afford an 8 or 12 bay one? I can't find any real cons in this device.

WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have had two WD Red 3TB Drives in service for over a year now. Recently I ordered a 4 drive NAS and I ordered 5 WD Red 4TB drives for it. I ordered 5 in case one was DOA and more importantly to have a spare on hand in case of a failure in the RAID 5 set. On arrival I used WD's tool to do the extended test on each drive one at a time. A time consuming task but IMO essential when you're talking about putting this much data on a drive. All five passed. So I put them in the NAS which built it's raid and immediately ran a consistency check of it's own on the volume, also passed.

Cons: They aren't bigger and faster.... really I don't have any cons....

Other Thoughts: Overall I am impressed so far with these drives and with WD Red drives in general. Let's be honest we're pushing the edge of current technology in storage capacity with these drives. I always test my drives and I have learned the hard way to expect failures. So far the Reds have not although I realize others may not have had as good luck. Overall though I would put them at the top of the current heap.


Joseph F.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph F.

Date Joined: 09/25/06

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 04/02/14
  • Last Review: 08/13/14
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