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This review is from: Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
Pros: Seems like a good amount of storage for a good price.
Quiet. Runs cool.
Cons: 2 of 5 failed. One spun up, but upon powering back on, got nothing at all. Not sure what was up with that. Kind of sad, considering these were packaged pretty darn well, with nifty bubble wrap things inside simple boxes.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a good deal, but test them well.
Slightly lighter in weight than another brand's 4TB drive, not sure if they're using one less platter here, with fancy new helium tech used in the 6TB drives.
Problems with one drive was related to not spinning up correctly - not sure what the deal was, but it made some interesting sounds while trying to do its thing.
This review is from: Synology DS213 Diskless System DiskStation - Simple Set-Up, Easy Efficiency
Pros: So far, I'm impressed. Will be using for a small group of users who are kind of separate from the rest of the company, but I still want some control over their use of resources - this thing fits the bill perfectly. No longer will they use main file server storage.
-USB 3.0 support (will be using a drive to backup)
-Backup scheduler built in (with app download)
-AD integration - a little quirky, but seems to be working well now that I've got it set
-AntiVirus app - perfect for a little extra peace of mind
-Control over what apps I want / don't want. Comes very "clean" but allows additional apps, VERY good decision on their part!
-Decent interface, though Java wants to show up and have some fun in certain areas of interface. Still, it's pretty slick.
-Nice visibility on resource usage on home screen (CPU/RAM/Network)
-MIB support - hoping to get it monitored w/Zenoss; we'll see
-Light weight, but decent construction. Looks like it'll run cool (though there is an option to run the fan on a faster speed - low/high. Not much choice, but glad it's there.
-Isn't the NAS of the "old world" - seems to have some great potential for small office use. If you really put a lot of these apps to use, you could do some pretty cool stuff - DNS, DHCP, a mail server, helpdesk apps, ERP apps (though this would cost, and you'd be better off with something of that caliber on a better piece of hardware), and so many others... flat out amazing that this little thing could serve so much in theory
Cons: Their web launcher app couldn't find the device. Probably our firewall blocking it from scanning, which I don' t mind. Went to DHCP, found "diskstation" pretty easily ;)
After initial setup, be prepared to let it run for quite some time for the initial disk scrub. As with any new drive, or set of drives, I've found it best to NOT TOUCH THEM for at least a day or two (physically, that is).
Wish it had a second NIC for redundancy, but there seems to be a good warranty.
Java required for certain parts of the web interface. Oh well. Not a huge deal, just mentioning it.
Other Thoughts: Like one other reviewer, I'm used to higher end "enterprise" level storage tech. This little box is quite nice though, and is certainly neat to play with. Seems like it'll be perfect for our little group of "other" users. Will keep their files separate from our main environment, back itself up, and should serve them nicely.
Haven't figured out the "home drive" setup on this yet, but being able to set permissions via AD is quite nice.
Seems like a great little box, and I'm happy with it so far. Couldn't ask for more, yet it is certainly capable of it! Wouldn't push the thing too hard with *every* app it has available, but if you wanted it to, it certainly seems capable of some basic duties outside of simple file storage.
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