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Dariusz D.

Dariusz D.

Joined on 05/26/04

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Works, with limits

LSI SATA / SAS 9212-4i4e 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies
LSI SATA / SAS 9212-4i4e 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: Price and brand. Seems to be faster than Adaptec 6405 with 128MB cache, as my source drive gets saturated 100%, while destination is bouncing 40-80% (RoboCopy on 8 threads).

Cons: Can't get it to boot in a ThinkStation C20. If any drive is switched on, during boot time, it gets stuck with a cursor blinking in upper left corner. Same result if no drives are connected, but I try to get into configuration (Ctrl+C). After boot, if I power the drives on (using external SAS SansDigital for a backplane), the drives seems to be working fine.

Overall Review: Web support decent. When upgrading firmware, a must right after opening the box, select the one ending with IR to have RAID, or IT for JBOD alone.

WD support is superb

WD Red Plus 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 64MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX
WD Red Plus 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 64MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX

Pros: Fast, large, easy to work with

Cons: I've got two of these working inside QNAP HS-210, and one of them was not passing built in smart read test. RMA with WD was a breeze.

Feature rich NAS

QNAP HS-210 Diskless System 2-Bay Network Storage
QNAP HS-210 Diskless System 2-Bay Network Storage

Pros: Easy to setup Number of useful applications and functionalities (proxy server, media server, IOS mount) Fast and silent (as silent as your drives, I have two, one with 2.5" drives and one with 4TB WD RED, you can't hear the first one) RRTR (site to site two-way replication, works great over VPN) Built-in HDD health check Minimalist form Secure (allows for AD ACL as well) All mounting hardware included

Cons: Can't really think of any, except one minor thing of assisting in manual configuration of VPN routers for QNAP cloud access.

Decent backplane

Sans Digital 4-Bay SAS/SATA JBOD Compact Tower Enclosure w/ Mini-SAS (SFF-8088) x 1 TR4X+B (Black)
Sans Digital 4-Bay SAS/SATA JBOD Compact Tower Enclosure w/ Mini-SAS (SFF-8088) x 1 TR4X+B (Black)

Pros: Price, case finish.

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: The case doesn't really feel that bad. It does what is supposed to do.