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QNAP TS-869-PRO-US Diskless System 8-Bay, All-in-One NAS
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Love it. 10/03/2013

This review is from: QNAP TS-869-PRO-US Diskless System 8-Bay, All-in-One NAS

Pros: It's a NAS. It's a cloud. It's a DLNA media server. I can access it from any PC on my network. Or my iPhone. Or my i-Pad. It's an FTP server. It has integrated antivirus. It does all that and more. I love it. It is expandable, can do RAID level migration, RAID 0,1,5,6 or 10 and it has both hot swap and hot spare capability! Make sure you use NAS rated drives. I currently have 5 WD Red 3TB drives and one Seagate NAS rated drive in a RAID 6 array and one WD Red 3TB marked as a standby in a slot.

Cons: My only con is that this thing is capable of doing so much that it is overwhelming. It can do things that only a really techie person can understand...such as an IT or SYS ADMIN.

That means it can do everything that I, a home user, wants it to do and more.

Other Thoughts: If you want a NAS and don;t wnat to have to buy again for a long time, this is the one to get. 8 bays, easy to set up, looks great, easy to install and remove drives, easy to use GUI menu through your browser, and iPhone / i-Pad access makes this thing a big winner. I even have my own FTP server and cloud hosted by this beast.

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Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have built many computers in the last ten years...probably 10-15. I just built PC's in three of these to give my kids "matching" PC's for Christmas. This case is one of the easiest to work on with one exception: Routing the wiring harnesses for power, SATA, etc. are a bit challenging. Lots of open space, good easy to fit big video cards...thumb-screw access, removable motherboard tray, power supply and drives separate from motherboard, and the top flips over to make a "test bench".

Cons: Biggest con is it does not come with the 80MM exhaust fans to keep the lower case cool, nor does it come with a 120MM rear exhaust fan. You should add all three. It does have two top-front fans. Second con (from reading reviews) is that it comes with a "hot-swap" card that your SATA 3.5" drives plug into...I read it is unreliable - so I immediately un-installed it and never even tried using it. It is big. The big square, so although it is shorter and not as deep as a tower, its footprint is big, so placement can be a challenge.

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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I am running three of these so far in a QNAP 8 bay NAS in RAID6. I have had zero issues so far. Two were bare drives, one was a retail box. NO DOA's, all formatted, installed, and were rebuilt on the array in less than 24 hours.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I'll post back if and when I experience issues. There are so many negative reviews, I wanted to post my positive experience for balance.

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Display Name: Shane W.

Date Joined: 10/10/04

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 08/26/13
  • Last Review: 10/03/13
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