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Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs 10TB Drive - great for NAS boxes - enterprise grade 08/06/2016

This review is from: Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Heavy duty, solid built drive

1M hours MTBF

3 year limited warranty

180TB/year user workload rate

Rotational vibration (RV) sensors mitigate vibration in multi-drive systems (perfect for NAS boxes)

Enterprise grade drive specifically designed for NAS boxes

The Register says the 10TB Iron Wolf drive is helium filled and spins at 7200 rpm

Cons: Warranty isn’t as good as some of Seagate’s other offerings (BarraCuda)

Other Thoughts: Tested in a Seagate STBP8000100 NAS box (4 bay) – fast copy times – depending on the file size being copied, up to 6-7MB/s over the network (limited by 10G router, NICs, etc)

For this to be fully compatible and supported in a RAID NAS environment, you probably want to buy more than one to make sure that the sector size, disk size, cache size are all the same. If you are using RAID this is especially helpful because if the disks don’t have the same cache sizes and sector sizes the software or hardware raid controllers may have trouble syncing data.

Unfortunately, the MTBF of two or more of the same model of drive is usually about the same, so it may be tempting to get drives of different brands or wear levels so that their MTBF is different (so they fail at different times and you have time to replace one). But if you do mismatch models, make sure they have all the same specs (sector size, disk size, cache size).

To test out the drive in a system that is faster than a NAS box, I decided to throw this in my personal desktop to get some rough benchmarks over SATA.

Zero’ing the drive out over SATA on my desktop I was seeing consistent speeds of 230MB/s

Using a Windows software mirror, the drives sync’d at about 150MB/s… that is fast, but if you are syncing even just a 4TB volume, you are still looking at roughly 7 and a half hours of sync time.

Windows seems to decide to re-sync the mirrored volume at random times- even during a reboot initiated by the start menu (seemingly safe shutdown). This may have to do with the different disk caches flushing?

I can’t recommend using a Windows software mirror. This drive is obviously meant for hardware RAID, and NAS box configurations that use RAID.

Copied about a terabyte of files from a 4TB WD Black to this in preparation to setup a mirror. The copy happened at ~115 MB/s and when looking at Windows 10 Task Manager, the WD Black drive was at about 80% utilization (just doing reads) while the IronWolf was at about 40-70% utilization (writing).

The Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB Desktop Drive is a similar price, runs at 7200rpm and has a 5 year limited warranty. That drive may better suit anyone who is not running a NAS box.

The Register claims the IronWolf Pro is coming in autumn 2016

Desktop rig: Asus sabertooth z77, Intel i7-3770k, 16GB RAM

Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: Very affordable drive, decent performance

I read that people had good experiences with customer service

Great for laptops- shock resistant, 7mm footprint

Cons: Performance isn’t great, but that’s understandable when considering the price of this drive

Other Thoughts: I had not heard of the company Silicon Power before I got this drive. Wiki says they were founded in Taiwan in 2003 and had USD 213 million in revenue in 2010. They make flash for consumer and industrial products.

The SP240GBSS3S55S25, not the SP240GBSS3S55S25FR (this product) seems to have bad reviews/feedback. I'm not sure how this drives compares to it, besides having a very similar look and S/N. Maybe this one had better quality assurance before leaving the factory, but Silicon Power seems to have taken notice to the negative feedback of its possible ancestor and put effort into to making this drive more reliable

I tested this drive with a USB 3.0 SATA adapter- another review posted numbers using a SATA connections

Using defraggler to run a quick ‘benchmark test’ with a completely empty file system, default 4k allocation unit size, and NTFS filesystem- the drive did 87-93 MB/s random read

I copied 200 seperate 2MB video files at 93 MB/s. Copying larger video files (hundreds of MB) this drive started copying at 160 MB/s then leveled off to 90 MB/s

I copied a bunch of music files onto it. When 60 GB of the drive was used, I re-ran the defraggler test of random writes and now got 68 MB/s This kind of performance degradation is normal in SSD- as the flash fills up the controller has to make more decisions about how to optimize writes/reads

For comparison, my 4 year old, 200GB, Micron SSD boot drive (running over SATA connection) clocked in at 80 MB/s random read with ~50% used space during the same defraggler test

Has 223.4 GB of usable space with NTFS filesystem

Test rig: Intel i7-3770k CPU no overclock, ASUS Z77 motherboard, 16GB RAM @ 1600 MHz

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: 1080p resolution with good day/night infrared camera (default is set up 720p so keep this in mind)

Reliable when you buy into the entire Netgear Cloud Video Recording (CVR) service

Easy setup – got it up and running relatively quickly. Simple and straight forward to use

Small form factor and less ominous looking than other security cameras

I am happy to see that this is compatible with IFTTT

The Netgear website says the Arlo Q can be used both indoors and outdoors, but recommended for indoor use

Motion detection with activity zoning

Magnetic base is a nice additional touch that I don't think many other cameras have

Nice packaging

Cons: No local storage option?... this camera can’t record to desktop or phone… this is number one flaw for me, especially when the terms of service and privacy policy are worded in favor of Netgear. Not having local storage ability forces you into a payment plan if you want to use this for anything more than a toy, such as for security purposes. I think the Arlo Q Plus has this feature and is only a bit more expensive!

The Android app needs some work on stability and usability – crashes when sending or receiving lots of network activity (maybe lower resolution works a little better)

Trying to actually have a conversation with this device is not ideal, but I appreciate that they added the possibility of 2-way communication

Motion detection is not very sensitive. This may be a good or bad thing depending on your needs.

Web application requires Adobe Flash Player… might be a deal breaker for some Apple users

No range of color options- you can accept white or DIY to add some black or camo paint

Other Thoughts: Overall I would recommend this for: a business that wants to monitor rooms inside a building and want to pay for the cloud services, or, home users that want a good resolution camera who just want to check in from time to time and don’t want to pay for the online storage services.

Only one device can be logged in at a time… not sure if this is a con or a security feature

Power cable is about 9ft long


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