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Hitachi GST 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It has been a steady performer for 4+ years, but it's mounted right next to the case inlet fan, so it's at 39 degrees C at idle. Keep your drives cool, and they will last a lot longer!

Price --> 1 TB for $65... was inexpensive at the time. Still a good deal today :)

Cons: Average 89 mb/sec on HD Tune 5.5 - slower than many HD drives on the market today.

Other Thoughts: Bought from Newegg in June 2009... drive is still working today! I plan on switching to a SSD and relegate this to a backup drive.

ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Followup to previous review 08/19/2013

This review is from: ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server

Pros: Print server, hackable - get into Linux shell, 3 USB ports, web server, ftp server, mySQL, Python, DropBox integration, auto-sync with another NSA, JBOD (two volume) or JBOD (combined volume), RAID 0 & 1.

CPU is as fast as a Atom N450. If you know Linux, you will have a blast playing with essentially a cheap Linux box.

Cons: RAID 0 and 1 are slower than JBOD (1 drive). I ran many benchmarks and unbelievably the RAID-1 was considerably slower than JBOD with 1 drive. It's likely the RAID is implemented in software, and the CPU can't handle it.

Other Thoughts: Here are my figures transferring a 3.8Gb ISO file:

Read 1:23 1:30 1:53
Write 1:17 1:18 1:30

Here are figures for transferring 1.0 GB of Windows System32 files (4077 individual files)

Read 4:00 4:18 4:26
Write 1:12 3:31 1:48

It's amazing that the RAID-0 is the slowest in Writes. It might be possible that the NAS caching algorithm is not optimized to write to 2 drives at once. I also notice in using RAID-1, the mirror synching occurs *after* the data is written to the 1st drive.

For the money, this level of performance is tolerable. But if you are seeking a fast server replacement, look elsewhere.

Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: very quiet, faster than earlier generation Caviar Blacks

Cons: Thailand - made drives are about 10% faster. These have serial numbers starting with WCC. Mine came with Green label.
Avoid WMC made in Mayalsia and have all black lettering on label.

Other Thoughts: These are my HD Tune stats on empty drives
Transfer rate

Min 67.6 Max 154.2 Avg 114.4 mb/sec

Min 89.1 Max 154.0 Avg 124.8 mb/sec


ROBERT T.'s Profile

Display Name: ROBERT T.

Date Joined: 10/19/07

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 04/06/08
  • Last Review: 08/31/13
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