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This review is from: Seagate Central STCG4000100 4TB Cloud Storage System
Pros: Easy, easy to set and use even my mom can with only computer knowledge online browsing the internet, emails and Skype.
Extremely easy access, same as if it was a second drive connected directly to the computers motherboards.
4 terabytes of storage space for any computer connected to your home router for not much more money then buying just the hard drives
Cons: no cons really for what this is, a really easy network storage device at a good price.
Other Thoughts: Since setup 7 days i had no issues with this device at all. Set up was easy, with easy to read icons and simple understanding text including upgrading the firmware took a few minutes. its doesn't make much noise and use the power light to know if its on. doesn't get hot well vented and is small enough to fit just about any ware. its about the same size as my cable modem.
i can see this storage device used for any one even the non tech savvy that wants more storage.
hopefully more setting and options will be added with future firmware updates for more advanced users.
For the price i really cant complain and heck this is the first NAS i setup in a long time and didn't take days and require me to call tech support only to find out it wont work with out a firmware out date then still more tech support calls.
if you looking for more storage that really doesn't cost much more then the hard drives then selves buy this
tested this Seagate Central STC4000100 using a new mini itx Intel computer with onboard realtek gigabit Ethernet and windows 8.1 64bit operating system on a 256GB SSD. Using a ASUS RT-AC66U wireless router
i will test on a new mini itx Intel and a new mini itx AMD computer with a Intel gigabit Ethernets and cat 7 cables with all other specifications same as above and post back
i was amazed on how simple this was to set up and use. i don't think it could be easier unless it setup it self.
set up is as easy as connecting this devices to the home router and the electrical power outlet. then on the computer go to your hard drives. in windows 8.1 it shows up as a network drive then just double click on the device and open it as you would with any hard drive. then just follow the setup steps and fill out the registration. took me under one minute. longest part was just filling out personal information to register the product for warranty about 15-20 seconds. Lol this was very fast and easy
i first tried transferring from the second hard drive in the computer a 6 year old slow 2 terabyte WD AV hard drive. the transfer average was 41mb/s with lows as low as 38mb/s. now i thought this was a bit slow considering the hard drive in the computer i was transferring from has a average read speed of 80-90mb/s using HDtune. This is still an improvement almost quadruple the speeds over my 8 year old NAS with only 500GB of storage average read of 20mb/s and write 12mb/s.
then i transferred the same file using the computer SSD drive to Seagate central, the average was 42mb/s.
so far it write speeds are around 40mb/s
transferring the same file from the Seagate Central back to the computers SSD drive 70-75-82mb/s and took 12 seconds. Wow, i don't see me using my old NAS anymore.
then ran some HD video from it with no issues at all .
great storage device wish i had it years ago. i would like to note that since my first few attempts trying a NAS at home many years ago i gave up out of disappointment, no more
This review is from: Transcend TS64GPSD330 2.5" 64GB PATA MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: was very fast at first and boot up was under 10 seconds with windows xp. must be from a fresh windows install on this ssd.
brings new life to a old laptop. speed was even faster then my friends new laptop
Cons: started slowing down really slow read other thoughts
Other Thoughts: ok so everything couldn't be better for the laptop. i upgraded its processor to the fastest the laptop supports. upgraded the memory to 2 gigs and installed wireless N card. had to hack its bios to install anything.
everything was supper except the original 8 year old hard drive was slower then a snail. spent a week online looking for a replacement found out about these pata/ide SSD's read reviews, Wow sounds good . read online reviews for this ssd at multiple stores. not that good at other stores 50/50 change it will work. then read the newegg positive reviews and decided to try
well everything went great , the bios didn't boot to the ssd
a few times during windows installation, but i was determined and followed thru completing the installation and installing updates and programs. everything was great super fast, even faster then a new laptop my friend just purchased . that was until he asked me to install windows 8 on his laptop. anyway
the laptop i installed this drive in was finished i was proud and satisfied. then after it sat for a day no use i went to turn it on,
it wouldn't start 9 times restarting and playing in bios the laptop finally started but startup took 5 minutes . wow that's 4 times slower then the old slow hard drive that this one replaced. to make this short. it got slower and slower and slower and the starting up problem got worse and worse to the point i felt like throwing it out the windows
this drive failed me and i going back to a normal hard drive for the laptop. i fix computers daily and never had a issue like this and upgrade laptops weekly with 100% success for all but this one. i could return for a replacement but the customer needs the laptop as of yesterday and i cant take no more chances. going old school dependable and reliable 2.5 hard drive - unfortunately .i love ssd.that's all i use aside from mass storage and i convince just about
every customer to upgrade to ssd , have not a single unhappy customer yet in 3 decades.
see i the guy that after you go to BestB-y for repair or geek squad or even the local computer store and give them your hard worked money for nothing. then they come to me. i have a wide following from churches to business. practice makes perfect and i had 30+ years of practice and my following shows.
this ssd is the best upgrade you can do for a aging laptop if it works. but you never know unless you try it. just because it didn't work for this laptop doesn't mean it won't work for yours.
i would buy and try this ssd drive again if i get another old laptop to upgrade " not the same one i already tried it with.
Pros: I like the design. Small sleek and works very good .
Accept one thing. Read other thoughts
Cons: Not top of the line quality, though work good
Other Thoughts: I have 3 of these cases I been using this case with a new mini tic motherboard and low power 35w intel processor as a htpc it's on a the time 24/7 to record shows .
To make this short. The 80w power supply that comes with this case is not 90w, yes the power supply uses upto 90w that's the brick part only the internal power to the motherboard is a maximum of 80w I would put more them 40w .
So now I been going crazy with not being able to run memory at 2100mhz or even 1600mhz with any of my motherboard with any of the 3 power supplies from these cases also some strange slite instability nothing blue screening but do have to restart sometimes
To make this short this power supply is not that great I spent months researching and even buying more mini powerful power supplies up to 250w that fit in this small case
In the end non of the sma power supplies would run compleat lay stable sure everything seem to work . Little glitches hear and there most peaple think that's normal for a computer, it may be normal but there is a reason .
In the end I upgraded to new cool master case for mini Itx a silent no fan seasonic power supply and even sea sonics small 250w . Now all glitches studers. Or what ever are gone and now tuning one at 2100mhz the other at 1600mhz no problem
I was going crazy for months why nothing would work right and thought I save someone the hassle .
I can not put into works the diference , I think the power supply degrades over time cause it wasn't so bad at first . Not great but not bad but recently I was going crazy with having to reboot over and over s day long