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HGST Deskstar NAS H3IKNAS600012872SN (0S03839) 6TB 7200 RPM Up To 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Price - capacity - reliability

Cons: Quality control from ALL HD manufacturers needs to be better. HGST rates the best in terms of reliability, but ALL hard drives fail eventually, so don't cry if your disk fails and you don't have a complete offline or nearline backup somewhere.

Other Thoughts: NAS drives are NOT meant to be used as Stand Alone drives, so anybody who buys just ONE of these is naive. RAID1 is OK, but drives of this capacity scream for a RAID6 array (2 redundant drives). Therefore, the minimum RAID6 array needs 4 hard drives, but most commercial users think in terms of 8 to 12 drives. They also buy a couple of extra drives because a) any batch of 8 to 12 drives is likely to have at least 1 drive that's either DOA or fails within 2 weeks, and b) you never can tell when a drive will fail, so even if your array has been running problem free for months or even years, you need to have spare drives for that inevitable time when a drive finally does fail (usually at a very inconvenient time - Murphy's Law).

Also, all those who are complaining that HGST doesn't have an advance replacement service - read above. You are extremely naive if you don't understand that professional/commercial users ALWAYS have extra drives (that have already been tested by extensive read/write tests) sitting on a shelf so they can replace a failed drive IMMEDIATELY! You want to make sure that those spare drives have been extensively tested becuase you don't want to pull that spare drive off the shelf and open the box and find out that it too is DOA or has other problems (like noise and random seeks) that indicate the drive may fail soon.

And you need a RAID6 array because you may have a 2nd drive fail while rebuilding the array. If you have a 2nd drive fail while rebuilding a RAID5 array, you're out-of-luck, but a RAID6 array will finish the rebuild, and then you will need a 2nd spare drive to replace the 2nd failed one, and do the rebuild yet again to get back to your 2-drive redundant system.

It's great to live in a world where even high-end home computers can have multiple Terabytes of storage, but if you're not prepared to buy 4 drives at a time (4 is the minimum required for a RAID6 array) and a professional grade controller card, you're just setting yourself up for the day when you'll experience a catastrophic loss of data.

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360 Electrical 36081 12 Outlet Swivel Surge Protector w/ Coax Protection
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Watch for it to go on sale 08/04/2014

This review is from: 360 Electrical 36081 12 Outlet Swivel Surge Protector w/ Coax Protection

Pros: A bit pricy, but I got mine on sale for 30 bucks each. I ordered 2, but now I wish I had ordered more. I

Cons: None that I can see.

Other Thoughts: I ordered 2, but now I wish I had ordered more. I do computer repairs at home, and often receive batches of ultra small form factor computers. I sometimes have 20 or more of these little machines on my workbench, so until I bought these 12-port surge protectors, I was always short of sockets to plug them in for testing. I plugged my 2 surge protectors into a standard wall outlet, and then mounted the protectors on my wall at bench level, so I don't even have to get down on the floor anymore to reach an outlet.

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TRENDnet TEG-S80G Unmanaged 8-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs I own three of these 02/21/2013

This review is from: TRENDnet TEG-S80G Unmanaged 8-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch

Pros: Cheap
Quiet
Reliable
Nice layout - ports on the back where they belong, and lights on the front.

Cons: None. Great product.

Other Thoughts: I wired my house with Cat6 cable way back in 2003. Unfortunately, at the time, I never imagined I would have more than one computing device per room. Now I have 3 rooms with multiple computers and networked color laser printers. I wasn't about to tear out the walls again to run more cable, and wireless is a poor substitute, both in terms of speed and reliability, so I just bought an 8-port switch for each room everything works great.

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Display Name: Keith O.

Date Joined: 06/11/11

  • Reviews: 27
  • Helpfulness: 20
  • First Review: 07/06/11
  • Last Review: 05/26/15
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