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This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333
Pros: Low power, draws 45W with 4 HDD's, 1 SSD, and 2x8GB RAM. 36W when drives are idle
Cons: Only 2 USB 2.0. Keyboard, mouse, thumb drive anyone?
Other Thoughts: 133 MB/s read with mdadm raid1
90 MB/s write with mdadm raid1
This review is from: Vantec 2.5" / 3.5" / 5.25" SATA / IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - Model CB-ISATAU2
Pros: Saved a drive that Windows wouldn't recognize when it was plugged into the internal SATA ports.
Cons: Random I/O errors when trying to copy off of it. Drive is not always recognized in both XP and Ubuntu.
Other Thoughts: So far it hasn't destroyed any drives, but as soon as I'm finished offloading the contents of my 750 GB drive I'm tossing it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: nice design. I liked the quick release features for the HDD's and cards.
Cons: The side fan was so loud I had to unplug it.READ FULL REVIEW