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TOSHIBA PH3500U-1I72 5TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache Serial ATA 3.0 (SATA) Desktop Internal Hard Drive Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The Toshiba 5TB drive was available at a reasonable price and much, much cheaper than any 6TB drive (~$100 cheaper in July 2015). I bought this drive to put into a Synology (DS214) NAS where it will be used by a small non-profit office. I've initialized the drive and set it up to provide versioned backups of a set of shared folders (approx. 800 GB). No problems so far.

Cons: I've only had this drive for about 2 weeks, now and only ime will tell if it lasts through the years. As a drive in a NAS box, I am taking a risk by using a normal (a non-enterprise) PC drive. However, the price seems to be justified so far.

Synology DiskStation DS214 High-Performance 2-Bay NAS Server for SMB & SOHO
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Great hardware - limiting software features 07/11/2015

This review is from: Synology DiskStation DS214 High-Performance 2-Bay NAS Server for SMB & SOHO

Pros: The DS214 has a very easy setup, a rich set of features, and works right out of the box. I created a shared folder that syncs with my wife's My Documents folder (and all sub-folders) so that she has a backup copy of all of her documents, spreadsheets and other files. For my PC, I created a shared folder which my backup software uses to keep the backup files for my PC. As I have some shared software, pictures, audio, and video, I have also created shared folders for all of the above accessible by all of the people in my house.

Cons: I've used the DS214 for my home and for a non-profit office. In the case of my home, the software that came with the DS214 did not support creating full, incremental, backups of my home PCs--I had to buy Paragon Backup and Recovery 15 Home software to take a complete block-level backup of my PC. For my wife, I used DSM Cloud Station to maintain a synced copy of her My Documents folder (and all sub-folders). For the office, I could not create versioned backups (allowing the users to retrieve one of many prior versions of a file backed-up from a shared folder) to an external hard drive--I had to buy a 2nd internal hard drive and create the versioned backups on the internal drive. This will obviously make for a tricky migration to a 4-bay Synology box when the office eventually exceeds the current capacity (won't happen for a good while).

Other Thoughts: The non-profit office will eventually use several of the DS214 feature to "serve media file" such as audio and video files. While the versioning backups required using the 2nd slot right-away, it is possible to migrate two hard drives from a DS214 into a 4-bay DS box in the future.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Installing the ASUS STRIX-GTX-960-DC2OC-2GD5 was quick and easy. Using the NVIDIA control panel, I quickly configured my TV and my monitor as dual displays. PowerDVD played my Blu-ray movies without a hitch and some simple video games played without problems, also.

Cons: So far, none (it has been only a week, so take that into account).

Other Thoughts: My purpose in buying the ASUS STRIX-GTX-960 was to upgrade from an Radeon HD 6850 video card. While I haven't done any FPS measurements, the GTX-960 appears to be performing well and the price was close to $200 which I considered to be a good, budget, price.


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Display Name: Mark G.

Date Joined: 05/16/04

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 09/17/13
  • Last Review: 07/21/15
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