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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.
  2. 2 points
    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...
  3. 2 points
    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!
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    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
    http://safebrowsing.clients.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.storagereview.com%2F&client=googlechrome&hl=en-US That is the info I received when I attempted to load up storagereview with Google Chrome 23.0.1271.64 with adblock plus extension and do-not-track enabled.
  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.
  7. 1 point
    Sadly, reinstall. It's a massive pain if you have a lot of apps, but the end result is worthwhile.
  8. 1 point
    I'd buy a few $40 pci express cards, combined with the motherboards on board sata, and mdadm/linux or zfs/freebsd those dudes into whatever you want. Sent from my rooted HTC Supersonic using Tapatalk 2 Pro
  9. 1 point
    Slow archival and faster performance hard drives are normally segregated in separate disc shelves for management reasons. The same thing normally goes for any type of solid-state storage. Down at the array level, individual array shelves may use two or three or more individual RAID-5 or RAID-6 volumes in each shelf. Mirroring of those RAID volumes can also be done if it is deemed necessary. Groups of these arrays, or slices carved from these arrays, can be presented as a single LUN to the end-user. The storage controllers will simply compute out a LUN with a compatible geometry and present it to the end-user. The end-user of the presented storage is normally unaware of the RAID level actually being used in the LUN, unless the end-user has management software that can query the array to report statistics and status. In modern enterprise storage systems with both solid state and spinning magnetic disc storage, storage volumes are often presented to end-users that appear as unified storage, but are in reality tiered via storage management software that runs on storage controllers which are connected to the storage fabric switches. Storage tiering is configured in a way that makes sense for the type of usage patterns that have been presumed by the storage management team that will be maintaining the storage system. You can configure the migration policies within the tiering to fit your usage patterns and tweak the policies over time by analysing storage reports. A storage tiering policy might be configured to write all new data to magnetic disc first, then migrate that data to solid-state storage if certain access patterns occur. By the way, these storage controllers that are between the end-user and the storage system, have "large" (as in 32, 64, 256 GB, or larger) battery-protected global solid-state RAM buffers and caches that act to help smooth out storage traffic and keep the storage system running without contention issues. Storage tiering is usually licensed software, where you pay license fees typically by total storage system capacity and/or number of tiers and/or types of storage devices in use, and so forth. As for the number and types of storage tiers you could have, you could have something crazy like six tiers of storage: Tier 1: SSD arrays based on SLC flash devices. Tier 2: SSD based on "enterprise MLC" flash devices. Tier 3: Storage arrays based on 15kRPM hard drives. Tier 4: Storage arrays based on 5400 RPM hard drives. Tier 5: A tape library using LTO-6 tape. Tier 6: An offsite storage facility with LTO-6 tapes in storage containers.
  10. 1 point
    I'd just like to point out that everything you just said is wrong. Hope that helps.
  11. 1 point
    I think you could do a million times worse. Do it and let us know how it goes!
  12. 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.
  13. 1 point
    An Enterprise review of Samsung 840 Pro would be very nice! We are using 840 Pro in a couple of enterprise projects for SSD caching (w/ LSI CacheCade) in production and for Tier 1 storage pools (under DataCore SANSymphony-V) for development / testing / lab environments. So far, so good, but having more information for the top-tier consumer SSDs and especially head-to-head comparisons would be great :-) In real life, if the reliability is acceptable, it could be much more efficient to use 200-300% more consumer/prosumer SSDs instead of a bunch of enterprise SSDs (which are insanely expensive) to achieve stable performance and modest TBW. P.S. I've just tried to log in with my 2001 account, but I had to create a new one :-) I guess the old forums were not migrated to the new CMS :-)
  14. 1 point
    With so much speculation as to whether or not Apple was having a good year last year with iPhone sales, we’re all ready to see what the final result was. Those who own Apple stock may not be pleased to hear that Apple isn’t doing that well. In fact, sales were much lower than expected. This might be good news for some smartphone manufacturers trying to get in on top though. Levono was probably pleased to hear the bad news. Apple stock drops As the announcement was made by Apple that iPhone sales were lower than anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2013, people were not pleased. Even though sales were still higher than ever before at 51 million units sold, iPhone sales were expected to be at 55 million for the quarter. This led to investors dropping Apple stock and stock prices decreasing. According to Forbes, investors aren’t just worried about sales, though that is a big part of it. In fact, investors are also concerned that there has been hardly any innovation in recent years. With lack of innovation, Apple may quickly drop to the bottom of the totem pole. A chance for Levono Though Apple and Apple investors are disappointed about the low iPhone sales, other cell phone manufacturers are excited to hear the news. It means that there is more opportunity for others to finally beat Apple. Levono, for example, has announced that it has a goal of passing up Samsung and Apple in sales. Since Google has sold some Motorola parts to Levono, it might even be a more realistic goal for them, according to the LA Times. Though the smartphone manufacturer may be a little less well-known in the US, it is extremely popular on a global level and is leading in many countries. Levono has high hopes of becoming the top dog and thinks that, with time, it is possible. And then there’s Samsung Samsung, as the number two cell phone manufacturer out there, has been working hard to beat out Apple. Levono hasn’t even been on Samsung’s mind as a company to beat, but that might need to change if Samsung is to keep up at the top. Samsung’s new innovative technology and the new patent agreement with Google might give it a more competitive edge than the other smartphone manufacturers. Windows phones One of the fasted increasing smartphone sales out there is the Windows phone. This is probably why iPhone sales have been suffering as more people are choosing Windows. Because sales have been increasing quickly, other cell phone manufacturers should be on the lookout. Maybe sales are still not that high, but the growing sales make Microsoft a new competitor to fight. Which phone is right for you? To run your business, you’ll need a smartphone. No matter what business you run, smartphones can only increase efficiency within your company. The question is: which smartphone is right for you? It all depends on what you are doing with it. The only real advantage to the iPhone is that you can use iTunes on it and match it up with all your other devices. If your company is using Gmail as your main source for email, calendar, and documents, you’d be much better off with a different phone that has an Android operating system. No matter what you choose, having a smartphone to manage text marketing is a good idea. Mobile technology news brought to you by businesstexter.com Sources: forbes.com/sites/briansolomon/2014/01/28/idisappoint-apple-plunges-after-iphone-sales-come-in-low/?utm_campaign=forbestwittersf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-lenovo-apple-samsung-20140131,0,5305000.story#axzz2rzeebZD8
  15. 1 point
    Saw a post somewhere (was it here? Or somewhere else?) showing they had opened up a Seagate 2TB 2.5" external or something and it had a Samsung M9T inside with a standard SATA connector.
  16. 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
  17. 1 point
    I circled what appears to be that plastic adapter in this next screen shot:
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 1 point
    You'll be much better off with a small SSD of, say 64GB and a regular 2TB drive. The tiny cache on the 2TB drive is just too small to really be useful. You can either configure the SSD as a cache (see Sandisk ReadyCache), or just install OS + apps on the SSD and keep media on HDD.
  21. 1 point
    I've checked all over this site and cannot find a way to get my account deleted. How do I go about this. If an admin reads this, please just go ahead and delete my profile/account. Thanks.
  22. 1 point
    Hey guys, Is there any chance the leaderboard might be updated anytime soon?
  23. 1 point
    This was emailed to me, apparently from CNN.com (but I did not go looking for a link, sorry, this is Sunday and I am lazy): I think that saying the lions thought the 12-yr-old cub (or similar) is reaching. Do lions just randomely guard anything that makes cub-like noises? I doubt most lion families would do this even for another un-related lion cub. Furthermore, why would the lions guard against the kidnappers, but leave when rescuers arrived? Even ignoring the lion stuff--what about that Ethiopian marriage statistic? Up to 70% of marriages based on abduction? At he risk of sounding ethnocentric, that is just happy fellowed up.
  24. 1 point
    My F6 key doesn't work when i press it during the windows xp setup at the period where it says press f2 blah blah, press f6 blah blah. I've tried the key on two keyboards, an older keyboard without the F Lock function and my new one with the F Lock key. I have a gigabyte 8iPE1000 Pro 2 gt 2004 mobo. How could my F6 key not work? So dodgy.
  25. 1 point
    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...