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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)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy setup
Easy integration with Win 7 or higher
Option of USB -3 or e-Sata
Affordable option for home network or small office
Supports multiple RAID options

Cons: Occasionally drops offline
Cables tend to be a little loose and can get disconnected
Requires some technical experience as the documentation assumes a mid-to-high level of knowledge

Other Thoughts: If you're going to go the affordable route on a SAN, don't go cheap on the drives. Ask techie friends for recommendations but in a nutshell, you don't want a "green" drive or a drive with slow read-write. A lot of the performance of this unit will depend on the performance of the drives.
And while you are chatting with your techie friend, talk through the pros/cons of the different RAID options. Your drive purchase will need to complement the RAID option you choose.

This is a good option for someone who wants the dependability of RAID and doesn't have a lot of time for day-to-day maintenance. Invest your time it planning before you do the setup, make the right drive choices and then you shouldn't have too many issues.

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Synology DS412+ Diskless System High-Performance & Easy to Manage 4-bay All-in-1 NAS Server for SMB Users
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Great UI. Lots of great features beyond the typical network file server.

Cons: I wish I had done that Google search on "synology flashing blue light" before I purchased. Apparently Synology has a history of product issues with failures shortly after install. It worked for about 15 mins. After 15 mins, it dropped off the network, the power button (which has a blue light) started flashing. After that, nothing worked. After I did that Google search looking for a solution and found all the complaints about Synology support and the known issues with the "flashing blue light of death", I decided to return it.

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David D.'s Profile

Display Name: David D.

Date Joined: 11/17/08

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 10/22/13
  • Last Review: 06/29/14
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