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Pros: Works with FreeNas. On my FoxCon Intel Atom dual core to two drives I average 63MB/s.
Price is right.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Patriot 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF4GMUSB(Blue)
Pros: Boots FreeNas. To make this happen I had to insert the thumb drive during or just after the FreeNas installation from CDRom process. Once it is installed it worked great. However, if you boot up with the thumbdrive already inserted during intial power up booting off the FreeNas install CD, the installer would fail (which was not the case testing my other thumbdrives).
LED blinky is nice.
Small- perfect size for always inserted boot device
Cons: Time it took to understand why this thumbdrive behaved different than my other two thumbdrives.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Foxconn R10-S4 Intel Dual-core Atom 330 Intel 945GC Intel GMA 950 Barebone
Pros: Setup: built a 4TB FreeNas file server that boots from USB thumb drive. Parts list:
-Kingston 1GB memory (N82E16820144151)
-Patriot 4GB USB stick (N82E16820220247)
-Two Western Digital 2TB drives (N82E16822136514)
-StarTech GigE eithernet card (N82E16833114004).
Kill-A-Watt measured 44 KwH normal operation; 35KwH at Level64 Standbye.
Small size, quiet, and case allowed me to drill 4 holes to add the second 5.25" drives. Temps are fine.
Cons: Only 2 SATA ports (if there was three I probably could stuff a third 2TB drive in it).
No GigE network on the board
Wake On LAN (WOL) does not work with the onboard NIC, or using the StarTech, but BIOS has managed settings, so this is defect in the BIOS.
Other Thoughts: If WOL worked I would make another unit with these same specs.
With the GigE card I average 63MB/s through put.
It is my first FreeNas build, 4TB, low power, quiet, very fast, and inexpensive.