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This review is from: ORICO PFU3-4P USB3.0 4 - Port PCI Express Host Controller Adapter Card
Nice physical layout of ports on back panel.
Easy to install.
Cons: I'm only going to say this once!
You have to follow the instructions.
(OK. They are in Chinese.)
First: You have to plug a power supply connector from your power supply into the card. If you do not do this it will not work.
Second: You have to download updated drivers from the manufacturers web page rather than use the dinky cd that is packed with the card.
But we all know this, right?
Other Thoughts: This card installed and worked perfectly for me when I installed it correctly. I have no idea why anyone would pay more for a different card.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Lenovo 70A69003NA Diskless System Iomega ix2 Network Storage 2-bay
Pros: I was going to build a Windows Home Server backup system but then I saw these on sale. It looked neat and compact and the reviews were good so I ordered one.
I had previously ordered two of these:
Seagate Desktop HDD.15 ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
So I panicked when they mentioned a list of compatible drives. This was the only Seagate 4TB drive listed as compatible:
4 TB Seagate NAS HDD 4TB ST4000VN000
No problem. The drives install in a minute without screws thanks to some plastic clips. I plugged the Ethernet cable (included!) into a spare port on my wireless router and the device fired up with no problems. I installed the software on my laptop and it found the NAS immediately.
The interface was very intuitive and I was formatting the pair in RAID I in a few minutes. NOTE: the format took NINE hours. I also decided to update the device firmware in the middle of the RAID format. I was feeling lucky. Amazingly, IT WORKED and went back to formatting where it left off. Truly a miracle.
OK, here is where I hit a snag. The network drives showed up just fine on my Windows 7 laptop BUT
I have Windows 7 Home Premium. This version will not back up to a network drive! Upgrading is still fairly expensive so I am looking at some other backup programs. Either way, I'm sure it will be OK.
Cons: Beware! Windows 7 Home Premium will not back up to a network drive.
Other Thoughts: I like it. Very happy despite a little snag.
I am looking forward to implementing the Cloud option but I am not ready to start fooling around with my router settings just yet.
This review is from: Antec P280 Black Aluminum / Steel Super Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: I have used all kinds of cases from Antec to LianLi.
This is my favorite case!
It is HUGE.
Although not listed on the board sizes that will fit, I just put in a CEB Form Factor board (12" x 10.5") with ease.
There is still more than an inch of space on the left side of the motherboard bay and inch or two on the back although you will start to interfere with the cable management ports if you go much larger.
I do not know why they call it a mid-tower.
Power supply on the bottom - check.
I like this configuration much better than on the top.
SIDE sliding disk bays - check.
I will never buy another case that does not have side sliding bays.
Plain black case - check.
I do not need a computer that looks like a carnival act. I just don't.
Great ventilation. I did add two extra fans that fit perfectly in the space reserved for them on the front blowing over the hard drive bay in my first build.
NB - The CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler fits in this case very well. Here is the trick: I removed the Antec standard case fans first and attached the radiator directly to the case top from the inside using the included short screws left over from the fan install placed from the outside top. There were only four left over and there is room for four more on top but I am fine with four screws - one at each corner placed from above. Here's the good part: I then attached the Antec case fans back under the radiator blowing up using the hardware that came with the cooler. You can leave all the wires attached to the Antec fans and just move them out of the way while you install the radiator. The instructions say to blow into your case but this did not make sense to me and I never follow instructions anyway. The fans that came with the cooler fit then perfectly into the spots on the front of the Antec case reserved for fans. There is room for screws on two corners, not four. Hence, four screws left over to attach your radiator to the inside top of the case. Protip: Plug in the power connector to the fans on the back of the Antec case before mounting the radiator because it will be very difficult to plug it in after the radiator is in place.
Great cable management.
Cons: USB ports on the front are on top and the cables hang over the door makeing it tedious to open. They also get caught up in the DVD drive door when it slides out.
Other Thoughts: I don't see a reason to buy any other case.READ FULL REVIEW