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Synology DS213j Diskless System Network Storage
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Support sucks 02/15/2015

This review is from: Synology DS213j Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Decent NAS. Supports time machine.

Cons: Don't be fooled by all the apps. Only the high-end boxes have the processor power to run them.
This is basically a NAS drive with decent mirror raid support.

Other Thoughts: A recent software update practically bricked my DS211j. Synology tech support were arrogant and dismissive and flat out ignored my issue.

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APC BE350G Back-UPS 350VA 6-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: meh

Cons: Bad design. Power outlets are bunched up together, impossible to use with more than one "wall wart" transformer.
Doesn't last. These units last the life of one battery. Replaced battery, but unit still dead (happened to me on two APC units)
APC offers an upgrade program called "trade ups". The price after trade in is higher than the newegg price.

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Sans Digital 5-Bay USB 3.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID5 Tower Storage Enclosure w/ 6G PCIe 2.0 HBA Card TR5UT+B (Black)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Low cost eSATA + USB 3.0 Hardware RAID 5 solution
Good way to optimize storage

Cons: EXTREMELY PRONE TO CATASTROPHIC FAILURES

It literally took me years to realize that this awful enclosure is responsible for several catastrophic volume failures I have had.

Even though I've never had a physical drive fail in the enclosure, I've lost complete RAID volumes due to faulty firmware.

The problem seems to be cause by a dropped connection to the computer.

This happens both over eSata and USB 3.0

I own several enclosures, and this happened on two of them.

As a result, the RAID volumes become corrupt and unrecoverable.

I've had several volumes become unrepairable and read-only.

1 5x2TB hardware RAID 5
2 2x2TB software RAID 1 (Apple RAID via disk utility)
1 2x3TB software RAID 1 (Apple RAID via disk utility)

Other Thoughts: If you earn even just minimum wage, the hours you will spend in repair and recovery will cost more than a proper enclosure.

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Display Name: Guy R.

Date Joined: 08/13/07

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 08/18/07
  • Last Review: 02/15/15
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