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StarTech ST1000BT32 1 Port PCI 10/100/1000 32 Bit Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works with FreeNas. On my FoxCon Intel Atom dual core to two drives I average 63MB/s.

Price is right.

Cons: None

Patriot 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF4GMUSB(Blue)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs FreeNas boot 02/28/2011

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.

Foxconn R10-S4 Intel Dual-core Atom 330 Intel 945GC Intel GMA 950 Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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.


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Display Name: Mike M.

Date Joined: 06/16/02

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  • First Review: 10/28/10
  • Last Review: 02/28/11
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