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Henry B.

Henry B.

Joined on 07/30/03

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Most Favorable Review

Great for offsite backup

Foxconn R20-D1 Intel NM10 Barebone
Foxconn R20-D1 Intel NM10 Barebone

Pros: Small, efficient and quiet.

Cons: None for me. But could use space for one more internal 3.5" drive.

Overall Review: I bought this to house an offsite backup server at my son's place. I stuffed two 2TB drives in it, added 1 GB RAM and installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server. I set it up for wake-on-LAN and in the middle of the night my backup script wakes this box up, copies data over and when complete, a script on the box itself shuts it down. I checked power usage and even when up, it only uses 35W. The drives are mirrored so I "only" get about 2TB of storage.

Most Critical Review

Not at all durable.

Team Group 16GB C171 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TC17116GB01)
Team Group 16GB C171 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TC17116GB01)

Pros: -small form factor -not expensive

Cons: -not at all durable

Overall Review: I don't use these very often. I write them and that's it. Today I tried to rewrite one and it failed. It won't mount, won't format. I tried this on two different PCs with same results.

Smaller than the previous version.

Sandisk 64GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s (SDCZ430-064G-G46)
Sandisk 64GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s (SDCZ430-064G-G46)

Pros: Flash keeps getting less expensive.

Cons: - No more dust cap - Smaller than the previous version by about 1% (120127488 vs. 121307136.) That's not a big deal unless you want to copy the image from an older Ultra Fit to the new one. It won't fit.

Can't write DVDs

BYTECC ME-535U3 Aluminum 5.25" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Enclosure For SATA HDD/DVD
BYTECC ME-535U3 Aluminum 5.25" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Enclosure For SATA HDD/DVD

Pros: Seems well constructed.

Cons: Can't write DVDs on either Linux or Windows.

Overall Review: I made a bunch of coasters trying to burn a DVD. I checked the BYTECC web site for a firmware upgrade and did not find one.

Small, efficient, but...

Foxconn R20-D1 Intel NM10 Barebone
Foxconn R20-D1 Intel NM10 Barebone

Pros: Small form factor, low power usage (35W - 40W with two drives.) Quiet.

Cons: Insufficient power to reliably start two hard drives. Lack of availability of Foxconn support site.

Overall Review: I bought this with two 2TB hard drives to make my own NAS. On a cold start, I frequently get a blank screen or only one drive shows up as a boot option. I tried to see if there is an updated BIOS to download from the Foxconn support site, but it is only occasionally up and exceedingly slow. Once it's up and running, it's just fine. I've done limited testing with Wake On Lan and that seems to work either from suspend or shutdown. (Running Ubuntu Server 10.04)