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  1. 2 points
    Put them in a server and run some sort of SDS on top of it like Nexenta. Fun learning experience and gets you a cheap SAN.
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    Note the three years in between though...they've been surprised by the interest in the platform I think. Now, if WD could just get those 2.5" Reds up to 2TB in a 9.5mm...
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    Long-time watcher of StorageReview, but I registered just to be able to comment on this review. An excellent review, though your testing seems a bit high-end for the likely intended usage. I'd bet the majority of the target users for this SOHO device won't have a backbone that supports iSCSI or even dual-port aggregation. As you point out, 2-10 users in a casual / small office setting or for home use seems a likely audience. Such an audience would be much more likely to have an entry-level GbE switch as opposed to a managed backbone that costs 10x more. To that point, I've used the entire line of BlackArmor devices, and there are three critical issues common to them that seem to be repeated with the replacement Business Storage line... none of which are mentioned in the review, but they may not impact everyone so I'm not sure they necessarily bear mentioning up-front. 1) Performance. You obtained okay numbers in your testbed, but as summarized above, I doubt you'd see that infrastructure in the wild. I'd suggest you at least pair it with testing results from a cheapo GbE switch using a single LAN plug and simple Windows file sharing / disk mapping. Unless the BS line has markedly improved from the BA line, you'll see performance on the order of 15 MB/s read, 10 MB/s write. Horrendous for anything but backups, really, which is all I use my BA boxes for. Also, I recognize that there's a massive disparity of price points and target audience, but I get 110 MB/s--TEN TIMES the performance--from my Synology boxes, and 50-70 MB/s from my Drobos. And that's on a cost-conscious backbone of entry-level GbE switches using one LAN port per device and simple, iSCSI-less file sharing in Windows. There's no comparison at all. 2) Compatibility. Massively overpriced with disks, the BA and BS line are very reasonable when purchased diskless. I've used Buffalo, Seagate, Synology, and Drobo NAS boxes in small-business and personal settings, and diskless BA/BS boxes are far and away the cheapest way really of adding reliable (but not fast!) NAS storage in such contexts. But these NAS boxes only support Seagate disks. True, this is a Seagate device, but it seems as though someone had to intentionally code a rejection routine into the firmware, which is just kind of an obnoxious move. In addition, some of the compatibility notes for "certified drives" listed for the BA line are flat-out falsified--the diskless BA 400 will simply NOT work with the 1.5 TB desktop line of Seagate disks, period. 3) Risk. For those who know what they're doing, these are fairly easy boxes to deploy, and the web-based UI is second only to Synology's in my experience. But it's easy, far too easy, to make a catastrophic mistake. For example, if you set up a BA box using one LAN port, and then try to plug in a second LAN plug, it will not only not work, but it has a strong chance of corrupting the entire array, forcing you to not only lose all data and set everything up again, but in order to even begin to do so, you must eject each disk individually and reformat it using a separate computer. Otherwise it won't set itself up. Now, much of my comments above are from my experience with the older BA boxes, but I'd like to know if those issues have been resolved with the replacement BS line. Anyway, as always, I love seeing info on Storage Review.com so keep up the good work!
  4. 2 points
    You're almost right here. What's missing is that copying small files, even from the same directory, will automatically include some random access too. The files being read may be spread across the disk, they may be written different locations, filling up holes in the current file structure (what ever the OS see fit) and the MFT may be accessed. That's why multi-threaded copy for higher queue depths still improves throughput: the disk can arrange the accesses better through NCQ and can reduce access times. BTW: if the folders you're copying are often the same I'd look into incremental sync'ing with e.g. DirSync (nice freeware). Not sure it can increase QD, but it certainly saves time not to transfer untouched files again. And I'm not a fan of buying large SSDs for storage, that's often a waste of money (IMO). I'd rather use the SSD for temperary storage and as automatic cache. If you're concerned with many small files an SSD would be ideal. And if the SSD cache also buffers writes you may see a massive speed increase. The cache capacity would also be huge compared to the amount of storage required for small files MrS
  5. 1 point
    For what you want to do, any will work, though I'd lean toward the Seagate if I had to pick one. Transcend is just an enclosure with someone else's HDD inside. Seagate has a nice software bundle too, as does WD, but those drives didn't make your list. Check this out - http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_backup_plus_slim_portable_drive_review
  6. 1 point
    Agreed. And the RPM used to be listed by everyone. WD: Intellipower = 5400 RPM Seagate: if RPM unlisted = 5900 RPM Toshiba: always lists RPM. Imagine that.
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    As Brian said, you're asking a rather broad question. What exactly are you asking with regards to performance issues? Did you have an application or actual proposed use in mind in sufficient detail to make this a question we can helpfully answer, or at least try to? Have you talked to any of the relevant vendors in this space-- newcomers like Tegile, Nimble, Tintri, Nutanix, etc.? Or established ones, such as Equallogic, EMC, Netapp, Fusion-io, Is commentary such as this sufficient...? http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/data-center/the-brewing-battle-between-hybrid-and-all-flash-storage/ The harddisks and the SSD's are usually organized separately when it comes to the actual hardware disk sets, it's not a straight RAID10, if that's what you're asking. Now how the firmware manages the various controllers involved with the harddisk arrays and the SSD arrays is the tricky part...
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    I'd just like to point out that everything you just said is wrong. Hope that helps.
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    I think eventually geometry will be layered so tight together sectors will suffer magnetism bleed. 0s next to 1s will flip, etc..... Arms and pivot points will be tight and accurate for only so long. Electric motors will get sloppy stepping after a while... Sent from my rooted HTC Supersonic using Tapatalk 2 Pro
  11. 1 point
    I think they bumped it up recently... both are at the 1M value. Also if that HGST model is the best price for that capacity, I wouldn't go for anything else.... you really can't beat that performance or reliability for better price.
  12. 1 point
    Yeah, That should just be an interposer connector that is put on a standard 2.5in drive. You should be able to pry it off(gently). Then just put it on the new SSD. You can see an example of it below. http://youtu.be/f8lnWPiuwGc?t=47s
  13. 1 point
    I formatted a 12TB spanned volume with exFAT once. Worked perfectly! Windows GUI won't let you format HDDs exFAT, but you can use the FORMAT command in CMD to do so.
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    FYI: we updated the topic concerning formatting options for the Toshiba 3TB HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit here: http://forums.storagereview.com/index.php/topic/36239-toshiba-3tb-partitioned-as-all-mbr/ (scroll down to #21) That updated information might be useful to users who opt for this 4TB WDC HDD. Quick Summary: GPT formatting works AOK; an MBR partition can format the entire 3TB but only by changing the sector size from 512B to 1KB (or larger sector size). However, the latter MBR partition w/ 1K sectors was not recognized by all third-party software, as expected. p.s. We did not try that MBR formatting w/ 1K sectors on a Windows XP 32-bit OS, however. According to the Highpoint RocketRAID 2720SGL documentation, VSS (variable sector sizes) were supported by that add-on controller with Windows XP 32-bit.
  15. 1 point
    Did you consider just using a NAS and throwing it in the basement or wherever your router is?
  16. 1 point
    Cyber Monday 2013: Compilation from slickdeals.com, blackfriday.com, bfads.net and a few online retailer sites. Some deals have already started, or they may only show up on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. This post will be updated on a semi-regular basis. Make sure to double check if deal is only available in-store and if the deal is a good deal(I took out some obvious bad deals and those that were out of stock). Happy hunting! (See notes for *) SSD: 1TB Samsung 840 EVO-Series Solid State Drive - $unknown until 10:40 AM PST on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3W16OU/ref=gb1h_img_c-3_7982_38f3706b?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=07W0E9SFSVKFPGN7HGBK&pf_rd_i=5550342011&pf_rd_p=1673797982 960GB Crucial M500 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive #CT960M500SSD1 - $440 on ebay.com http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390711367805 (*3) 256GB Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Agility 4 AGT4-25SAT3-256G.RF 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) -$125.99 @ newegg.com http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227960 480 GB SanDisk Extreme II 240 GB SATA 6.0 - $unknown until 9AM PST on Amazon.com 240 GB SanDisk Extreme II 240 GB SATA 6.0 - $unknown until 9AM PST on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COF7E3K/ref=gb1h_img_c-3_7982_a88861ae?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=07W0E9SFSVKFPGN7HGBK&pf_rd_i=5550342011&pf_rd_p=1673797982 128GB SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 Solid State Drive - 2.5" Form Factor, SATA, 6Gb/s - $59.99 AR on tigerdirect.com http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=2979419&sku=S153-9906 (*4) 128GB OCZ Technology Vertex 450 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch 7mm -$unknown until 5:40 PM PST on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CXKRWJW/ref=gb1h_img_c-3_7982_97bf98c2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=07W0E9SFSVKFPGN7HGBK&pf_rd_i=5550342011&pf_rd_p=1673797982 HDD: 1 TB Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive - $89.99 @tigerdirect.com and newegg.com http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7750549&CatId=139 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178340 (*4) 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD.15 ST4000DM000 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" -$139.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178338 (*3/*2) BF copy: Note*: 1- reserve at Frys.com. Deals start at 9AM(PST) on 11/28/2013 2- Use 'MBLBF5' on m.newegg.com to save %5 off whole purchase(up to $50). 1 use per account only on 11/28/2013 3- Deal early 4 - Save 20 dollars off $100 with v.me on tigerdirect.com
  17. 1 point
    Local seller e-shop listed this drive yesterday at 270.29 Euros ( http://www.e-shop.gr/product?id=PER.303057 ). The price is nearly the same as with the WD4001FAEX model ( http://www.e-shop.gr/product?id=PER.304687 ) and is better than what I expected. But still, there are cheaper models that will do fine for pure storage in my rig. The only thing that holds me from going with them is that I'm getting kind of "demoralized" if I don't use high-performing staff.
  18. 1 point
    Honestly for that duty I'd go for capacity and not mess with hybrids for your use cases.
  19. 1 point
    I'd be incredibly amazed if someone specifically tried to cheat our benchmarks. Our sample range is 4TB (capacity of the drive), we use direct IO (test isn't buffered) and the testing environment is Linux. I'm not sure how you would get around random access requests skipping around such a massive area.
  20. 1 point
    Also it may be cheaper to buy two UPS's (one for monitor, one for computer) than one big one. If you are borderline your existing UPS where removing the 50W of load of the monitor will make it work, then a second cheap UPS may be better than trying to buy an extremely expensive larger one.
  21. 1 point
    Put the drives on a HBA interface and download Quetek's raid recovery software (don't initialize them-mount them in read only mode if possible.) The free trial of Quetek raid recovery is fully functional for locating recoverable files. If it works, it' only about $100 to unlock it. They have good documentation on the website so be sure to read it carefully.
  22. 1 point
    Do you have $80-100 to spend on an SSD in addition to bulk storage? What drive do you have now?
  23. 1 point
    I can see clearly in the HDD forum a thread with RE4 in it yet when i search your search engine says this No results found for 're4'. eh?
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    Hi everyone. I'm running two machines on one 21" monitor which is PanaSync Pro. It has BNC and VGA connectors on the back and you can switch between them through OSD menu. So I needed VGA-BNC cable. I had a lot of old cables from broken monitors so I picked one with VGA connector on one end, of course, and cut the other end open. Then I went to a local electronic store and bought 5 BNC connectors which ran about 15 bucks total, if memory serves me right. I soldered them onto the open ends according to specifications of the cable and making sure about the signals. All works flawlessly and keeps me very happy about it. This is just for someone who enjoys hands-on weekend projects. If anyone wants the same cable I can make it custom, but not sure about price and shipping expense... I just couldn't find any of those cables in local computer stores, that's why...