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This review is from: D-Link DGE-530T Gigabit Desktop Adapter 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI 1 x RJ45
Pros: Works with Linux. Dropped it into my ClearOS based router box and changed a few settings and it works.
Cons: Could have cost less, been worth more, cured cancer, cleaned the air, fixed the hole in the ozone layer, generated clean power, fed the poor among other things but it didn't.
Other Thoughts: Turned an old 2.8Ghz P4 into a router. 3GB of ram in a intel board with dual NIC's. Sadly one was gigabit while the other was only a 10/100. dropped this in and the whole thing is great. It's humming away in a closet right now.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Drive is working great, sequential reads and writes to the drive vary from 130MB/s to 70 MB/s. It holds more than the file server I ran for years on one drive than I had on 4 from just a couple years ago.
It performs well and was not DOA.
It supports smart monitoring and has a tool so that you can change the time before the heads park to be something more suitable for your use. Normally a desktop this would be fine for a few years use but it can be extended to 300 seconds (5 minutes) or even turned off.
Cons: 8 seconds. That is how long it takes for the drive to be idle before it parks the heads. This wouldn't be such a bad thing except the heads are only designed to be parked around 300,000 times. It may sound like a lot but I would rather spend a little more on power than to lose data.
Some people while not using in recommended situations have racked up 800,000 parking operations in less than a year.
Other Thoughts: WDidle3, google it, SERIOUSLY!!!
It's a tool published by Western Digital to change the idle time before parking. If you are like me you will increase the time to save wear and tear on the heads.
I am using the in a FreeBSD variant and did a short, conveyance and long SMART test followed by a four pass marathon of BadBlocks. After another smart test the drive was performing just fine. For those unaware of what bad blocks does here is a little info:
Badblocks performs a pattern write to the complete drive followed by a complete read. The patterns are, 01010101 10101010 11111111 00000000
On my 3TB WD Green a single write pass took approx seven hours followed by another seven hours of reading. So the drive was worked solid for right around 56 hours straight. If it can pass that with flying colors then I think it's safe to trust with my data.
If you are getting a drive and not checking it for problems before you put your important data on it then do not complain when there is an issue. You have to think about how complex these things really are.
In 1956 a five MegaByte hard drive was nearly as large as a two refrigerators side by side.
The heads flying over the media float on a cushion of air about 3 nanometers over the disk which in this drives case is spinning at around 5400 RPM. This is the equivalent of a 747 flying at around mach 800 less than 1 centimeter from the ground counting every blade of grass while making less than ten unrecoverable counting errors in an area the size of ireland.
Pros: Lots of power, two cpu 12V connectors, lots of SATA power cables.
The fan will continue to spin even after the computer is shut off to get the power supply components cooled down. Modular so you can use what you actually need.
Cons: Can't find a place to buy spare cables. For my situation I need ZERO PCI-E power cables but at least 14 SATA connectors. I will have to use some splitters on the end molex connector for all the ones I need unless I can find some more cables.
Other Thoughts: I am building a FreeNAS and using a SuperMicro X8DT6-F Motherboard with a pair of Xeon E5640's. I needed dual 12V 8 Pin CPU connections along with a 24Pin connection for the motherboard and a ton of SATA connectors as when the system is fully up and running I will have 14HDD's in a pair of RaidZ3 vDev's. I intend to use 3TB drives which will give me somewhere in the neighborhood of 24TB of storage minus around 10 percent or so for the OS overhead. This has been up and running for over a month now and it has had zero issues.READ FULL REVIEW