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Danny N.

Danny N.

Joined on 02/12/03

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Most Favorable Review

NAStastic

Seagate BarraCuda ST320005N4A1AS-RK 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail kit
Seagate BarraCuda ST320005N4A1AS-RK 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail kit

Pros: I purchased 4 of these in August 2009. These are 2TB drives with solid performance. I have had no problems whatsoever with these drives. All 4 drives are used in a Synology DS409 in a RAID 5 array. The first NAS had a hardware failure (Ethernet port), and the Seagate drives transferred to the replacement NAS with no issues at all. (I did make sure to label the drives so they were hooked to the same internal ports on the new NAS when it arrived.) Retail packaging ensured that the drives were protected to manufacturer specs during shipping.

Cons: None. After PROPERLY formatting the drives, I seem to have avoided issues people have had with failures shortly after installation. If these FOUR Seagate drives can survive in a little toaster NAS this long, I can only assume that those who have experienced failures have either mishandled or improperly installed their hard drives, or the drives were mishandled from Seagate to their door in some way.

Overall Review: These drives are overkill for a home use style NAS. 4 drives in RAID 5 with 32MB of cache experience nothing as far as testing the limits of their capabilities. The initial formatting and array creation have been the only activities which have come close to pushing the limits of the capabilities of these drives. There have been no episodes of "clicking" or any other worrying issues with these drives in over 8 months of use. The only noise I hear from the NAS is when the drives are writing vast amounts of data, and that sounds not unlike a cat purring as far as tone and volume. NAS power management shuts the drives down after long periods of no activity, which is a series of 1 click per drive as they are shut down in successive order.

Most Critical Review

Fixed Blinking Lights of Death

NETGEAR 8 Port Gigabit Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS108)
NETGEAR 8 Port Gigabit Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS108)

Pros: 8 Port GBe switch worked flawlessly for almost a year.

Cons: Blinking lights of Death when any more than 2 ports were in use.

Overall Review: Fixed by replacing the two Teapo 6.3V 1000µF capacitors with two 6.3V 2200µF capacitors. Easy solder job.

Mostly awesome

Sunbeam ACTS-T Transparent Clear Acrylic ATX Desktop Ultra Tech Station Acrylic Case
Sunbeam ACTS-T Transparent Clear Acrylic ATX Desktop Ultra Tech Station Acrylic Case

Pros: The quality of the acrylic is outstanding. No blemishes, cracks, scratches or fog on any of the pieces. Easy to put together, so long as you read the instructions and follow them. Once fully together, the system is solid and serves as a great teaching platform for anyone curious about the workings of a modern desktop computer. An X58 motherboard, 2x ATi Radeon 4890's, 2 HDD's and 1 ODD all powered by an OCZ 700W PSU. All components fit perfectly and function well, and stay cool due to the obvious open air design.

Cons: Hit and miss build quality on some of the embedded anchors in the acrylic pieces. A few of the posts had to be filed/deburred of acrylic material that had presumably melted into them. This prevented mounting screws from being fastened until the excess acrylic was scraped away. While it was nice to be provided with cotton gloves, they're of the "one-size-fits-none" type, in that they fit the fingers just fine, but the spacing between thumb and first finger is wrong. And, not affecting construction adversely, but some of the anchors were tapped slightly, but noticeably off center on the 6 support posts. Once assembled, they function as they should, but it's just a nit I'm picking on QA.

Overall Review: Mostly tooless except for the "front" panel header which requires a philips screw driver to affix to the case. Be sure to route ALL your cables under the motherboard before you mount it.

Powerful little toaster

Synology DS409 Diskless System Disk Station 4-bay SATA NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices
Synology DS409 Diskless System Disk Station 4-bay SATA NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices

Pros: Runs quiet. Thankfully, it does not have a massive amount of Blue L.E.D.'s that seem to still be popular on consumer electronics. The hard drives install into plastic sleds that, optionally, can be more permanently secured to the inside frame of the NAS. The inside is no frills and perfectly setup. There are no messy cables, aside from the two fan leads inside the case. The drives mount directly into a riser card backplane, so you don't have to fumble with flimsy SATA connectors at all. Easy to set-up, configure, upgrade and customize. The web based administration is presented in a logical, easy to navigate and responsive interface. The available options and guides/forum/support on the Synology web site are more than adequate to get a DSx09 system up and running just the way you want it.

Cons: Having to download the latest firmware and installation application instead of using the included CD. After reading through the manual and browsing through the Synology website it was apparent that I'd be wasting my time by using the install/firmware package on the included CD, and instead just needed to download and run the latest versions of both. The network performace is not capable of data rates which would be conducive to video editing. That being said, I don't use it for video editing, and it serves 6 PC's with streaming media of all types as well as user storage space.

Overall Review: I purchased this NAS and fitted it with 4 Seagate LP series 2.0TB drives. I was expecting a long format time as it was, but after going through the options and initializing a RAID 5 volume, the system accomplished low level scan/format/redundancy checking within 12 hours. I was expecting much longer based on what I'd read on both this DS409 as well as 2TB drives in general. Throughput on 1Gb network with 4k Jumbo Frames is about 36MB/sec for cached operations, and about 15-20MB/sec for uncached operations.

Excellent!

Seagate BarraCuda ST320005N4A1AS-RK 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail kit
Seagate BarraCuda ST320005N4A1AS-RK 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail kit

Pros: Retail packaging. Five (5) Year Seagate Warranty, cables and SeaTools (Seagate drive Utilities) included with drive(s). 4 of these drives installed into a toaster sized NAS enclosure are very quiet, and stay nice and cool. Temperatures read approximately 41C after 12 hours of RAID5 formatting/consistency checking, which should be the hardest workout these drives see in the NAS enclosure.

Cons: Not so much a con, but I wish in the tradeoff between performance and power consumption that drives which out perform this one were closer in price.

Overall Review: LP Series is quiet and very low power compared to previous HDD's. I installed 4 of these into a Synology DS409 NAS in RAID 5. After 12 hours of intial formatting and thorough consistency checking, the monster toaster is serving my network with 5.5TB of storage!

Fix for "Won't Load Discs!"

Sony Optiarc Black 2X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-ROM SATA Slim Internal Slim Slot Blu-ray DVD Combo Model BC-5600S-01
Sony Optiarc Black 2X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-ROM SATA Slim Internal Slim Slot Blu-ray DVD Combo Model BC-5600S-01

Pros: Reads discs, when you don't tighten it down too snugly in a chassis.

Cons: If you install it into a too tight/stiff slot or chassis, it does not load discs.

Overall Review: To fix the issue with not loading discs, loosen or bend out your chassis slightly, as this drive needs to "flex" a bit in order to properly load discs. Most notebook bays allow the sides to flex properly, but if you install it into a typical desktop case, you'll need to make sure it has a bit of "wiggle" on the sides, or it will fail to load discs. Ridiculous, isn't it?