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This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 104 4-Bay Network Attached Storage Diskless (RN10400)
Pros: Hi. I am interested in buying one of these units. Please provide reviews those who already bought it. I am interested to see some other reviews from someone who doesn't care about installing third party apps like the first negative review here.
Cons: Are there 4TB Western Digital Red disks coming out any time soon?
Other Thoughts: How good is this product for someone who just needs solid storage for home?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 1. Full tower - this doesn't mean that there is plenty of room to work with; it means that there is just enough space to work with.
2. Motherboard connectors come out the top of the case, instead of the traditional back of the case - this is the most brilliant idea for the computer case. Now I can actually put the tower on the floor right next to my desk and still have easy access to all the connections. This includes the USB connections and the power button - all at the top.
3. The 150 mm fans on the bottom are slick and quite. If you plan to go with liquid cooling and radiator, the radiator mounts right on top of the fans - that's just brilliant!!!
Cons: Even though I'm in love with this case, but I am giving it 4 eggs simply because there are things that I didn't like. So this is a part of the fair deal for proper feedback.
Ok. Here is my biggest problem with this case. The case came with a 2 port USB 3.0 extension accessory which mounts in place of the floppy drive. Sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? But here is the thing. The floppy drive mounting brackets that came with the case are the most horrible and the cheapest worst things ever!!! They are just 2 pieces of plastic with many holes in them. It is the worst design ever. It was really difficult and annoying to try to figure out which holes to use in order to be able to mount the brackets assembly into the case. Not only that they are made out of plastic, they are made out of cheap plastic. There were no details in the manual about how to mount it. The only thing that it says is to use a certain type of screw, which is not even a "plastic" screw. It is a "metal" screw.
Other Thoughts: Cons-continued
Even though it is listed in the specs - the case comes with only one adapter for internal SATA hard drivers. The current price on Newegg is $9 (+$2 shipping). Search for CP05 model name. It is not the end of the world, but for current $195 (+ $30 shipping) case I think not all, but these SATA accessories should be included. Also, you can just use your regular SATA and power connections traditionall way.
Hot swappable HDD capability is really pointless in a desktop. The only reason I went for this model over cheaper RV02-BW ($170) is because HDDs mounting direction is "coming out" instead of the traditional way "coming in from the inside".
Another thought that comes to mind is that this case comes with too many screws. I found it a little annoying to screw all the screws since my previous case came with almost no screws, where almost all the components except for the motherboard, used snap-ons. So if you buy this case prepare to use a screw driver a lot when building
Pros: I have 4 of these configured in RAID 10 in a low-end PERC H200 controller in vMware ESXi 4.1 host and 4 more in RAID 5 in QNAP NAS in a small office.
I also have a pair of 750 GB caviar blacks configured in RAID 1 on PERC H700 controller.
Cons: I had bad luck with only one of these drives which came in DOA. For some reason it was only 1 GB space instead of 2 GB.
Other Thoughts: Even though the manufacturer warns us that it is a non-RAID drive but in my experience RAID works fine.READ FULL REVIEW