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This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
Pros: Massive storage. Easy to set up. Plug and play. Looks good aesthetically. Fast as expected with USB 3.0. Very quiet, as in I couldn't hear it running. Cords are plenty long even with routing. 2 year warranty shows confidence from the manufacturer. Lack of super bright lights!!
I have used this strictly as an external with both Windows and Linux. I did not use their software for the Windows install, but used the native backup software I use for each and this worked flawlessly. Speeds held up to expected USB 3.0. I have yet to figure out how I'm going to fill this up even with backing up my laptop, my desktop and my server.
Cons: A power switch would have been handy, but being this is meant to be a continuous backup device I can understand. Still you could have anticipated not everyone would use it this way.
I plugged this directly into my server and the drive laughed at me. I mean yes I only have USB 2.0 on the server, but it is a bit older and I thought this was rude :)
Other Thoughts: I am not a fan of device specific software so I have not tried the Seagate software. The server does not have native USB 3.0 so I Used it over the network; it still maintained great speeds.
Unfortunately I did not have a Mac to try this with.
This review is from: EnGenius ENS202EXT High-powered/Long-range Wireless N300 Outdoor AP
Pros: Very nice coverage, Easy to set up, PoE is especially convenient. I have a fairly large yard and coverage was always an issue, but now my whole yard and then some is covered. Easily 1 acre coverage.
Cons: Doesn't do 5GHz wireless, but I knew that going into it.
Other Thoughts: I honestly can't see why a bunch of reviews claim this to be difficult to set up. After setting it all up and confirming it was all working properly it confused me even more so I reset it and set it all up again to see if I missed what was supposed to be difficult.
I then reset it again and called tech support to help me. I gave them the run around like an average user that would haunt their tech support days using a few general ideas from a forum with stories about nightmare calls too :) Tech support was also great.
Pros: Fast read/write times, runs really cool, massive single drive storage, Nice 5 year warrant so they must be confident, 128MB cache!
Comes out in Windows as 5.45TB
Throughout testing in Windows 7 Ultimate X64 and Oracle X64 I will be estimating the following in between the two result sets:
Sequential read 224 MB/s
Sequential write: 220 MB/s
Random Read (IOPS): 4010
Random Write (IOPS): 1196
Transfer rates maxed out network speed at 120MB/s
Drive to Drive went over 1 GB/s slowing down towards the end of 7GB to about half of that.
Writing batch files at 30MB block size with a block increase of 2 @ 10 file creates the results are as follows:
720 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 754974720 bytes; 1907 ms; 377.556 MB/s
780 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 817889280 bytes; 1630 ms; 478.528 MB/s
840 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 880803840 bytes; 1817 ms; 462.300 MB/s
900 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 943718400 bytes; 1977 ms; 455.235 MB/s
960 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1006632960 bytes; 2085 ms; 460.432 MB/s
1020 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1069547520 bytes; 2796 ms; 364.807 MB/s
1.0546875 GB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1132462080 bytes; 2178 ms; 495.868 MB/s
1.11328125 GB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1195376640 bytes; 2513 ms; 453.641 MB/s
1.171875 GB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1258291200 bytes; 2601 ms; 461.361 MB/s
1.23046875 GB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1321205760 bytes; 3477 ms; 362.381 MB/s
512K read write
Cons: None to speak of. The price is rather high for my tastes, but that'll come down in time.
Other Thoughts: I would absolutely love to have four of these to Raid in my server!!READ FULL REVIEW