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This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 102 2-Bay Network Attached Storage Diskless (RN10200)
Pros: - Easy Setup
- Solid Build Quality
- No tools required for drive installation
- No Router config needed to access NAS outside the house
- Good price point
Cons: The Ethernet cable in the box did not work.
The ReadyNAS web site could no longer find my device after login during setup. Had to use RAIDar, which was easy enough.
Included instructions don't tell you how to install the drives into the tray.
Other Thoughts: I read a lot of reviews on the ReadyNAS systems before deciding to purchase the RN102. It seems most of the negative reviews had to do with poor video streaming quality. That isn't a concern of mine. I need a reliable backup location and file storage that is easily accessed from outside the house. I had used ReadyCloud in the past with a WNDR4300 router. I am happy to see that it has been improved upon.
The ReadyNAS is my first NAS system. I put 2, 2 TB Western Digital Red drives in RAID 1. The system automatically setup the RAID and formatted the drives as soon as the ReadyNAS was powered on. It took about 6 hours for it to sync the RAID, which included 2 Firmware updates and about 30 GB of data transfer.
I am happy with the transfer rate. I copied about 5 GBs worth of photos at an average of 30 MB/second. I copied a 4 GB ISO file at 45 MB/second.
If you are looking for an easy to setup NAS system, I recommend the ReadyNAS RN102.
This review is from: VANTEC CB-SATAU3-6 NexStar SATA 6Gbps to USB 3.0 Adapter - 2.5"/3.5"/5.25"/SSDs
Pros: It's fast when it doesn't disconnect the drive.
Cons: I bought this to use with my Laptop, but it constantly disconnects the drive and reconnects it. It rarely goes more than a few minutes before dropping the connection. It is extremely frustrating.
I have no trouble with my other USB 3 devices on the laptop, but this one is flaky. On my Desktop with USB 3.0 it works fine.
Other Thoughts: I have a handful of Vantec external hard drive enclosures and IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 adapters and have been happy with them. I'm not happy with this.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a beautiful laptop. Very powerful, plays all games I play with ease on high settings. I thought the sound was pretty good for a laptop. The screen was crisp and could be viewed from the sides pretty well. Brightly lit rooms were not a problem either.
It came with very little bloatware, at least in terms of programs. I don't use the Metro side of Windows 8, so there may be lots of bloaty apps.
Cons: Unfortunately, after 5 days of use the laptop died; I'll get into that in a minute.
While the laptop was working, I went ahead and replaced the 500 GB hard drive with a 240 GB SSD and used a 750 GB for data. I planned to create the recovery DVDs like I have for clients with Windows 7 on ASUS laptops and then recover it onto the SSD. Since there was little bloatware, it would just make my life simplier.
I was dissappointed that ASUS no longer provides the AI Recovery application in Windows 8. It's one thing to not provide a recovery DVD or Windows 8 (no manufacturer does that anymore), but to not give the ability to create them is frustrating to say the least.
So I cloned the stock drive onto the SSD and added the 750 GB drive. I am glad I planned to do it that way, because I was also disappointed to see that ASUS is using Hitachi Hard drives!? Plus the drive was over 1 year old!
After setting the laptop up exactly as I wanted and was confident all my programs installed and worked well, I began the task of transferring data to the laptop. Before doing so, I rebooted the system and it would not come back on.
The laptop powered on, the keyboard lit up and the power button was on, but nothing else happened. No post, nothing. After trying a few things, I contacted ASUS Customer Service. The tech had me unplug the laptop and remove the battery (which I already tried) and he had me hold the power button for 30 seconds before replacing the battery and plugging it in again.
I wasn't sure what that would do, but it didn't help. The tech told me I could return it to NewEgg since I just bought it or I could return it to ASUS for repair.
Other Thoughts: I had been watching the price of this laptop for a few months now hoping it would drop after the G750s came out. When NewEgg put it on sale for $999, I couldn't pass that up (and now it is back up to $1449).
There's no chance I'm going to have a 1 week old laptop that has been repaired. That's just a ticking time bomb. I will return it to NewEgg and get a refund.
I have been buying ASUS laptops for clients for many years and have never had a problem with any of them. I've also been buying ASUS components and Monitors for years for clients and have never had trouble with them.
I know ASUS makes quality products and I will continue to purchase ASUS products. It's just very frustrating to get one that dies after less than a week of ownership, especially after spending many hours setting it up eactly like I wanted.