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  1. Captain's Log: June 25, 2012 I opted for the 1 TB A7K2000 Ultrastar. Running it through both the "Hitachi Fitness Test" and MHDD utility suites, the drive is quiet during Read and Idle states. During Writes, the drive has the familiar and audible 'clicks' that are slightly more pronounced than my Seagate 1 TB ES.2 drives. SMART reports the Ultrastar runs about 3 degrees Celsius cooler than my three ES.2. With 2 Ultrastars in my 2-bay Synology 212+ configured as mirrored drives (using Synology Hybrid Raid), the NAS reports after a 300 GB write session drive temperatures for Drive 1 and Drive 2 of 32 and 33 degrees Celsius, respectively (fan set in the default Quiet Mode). Here, too, during Writes drive noise from the NAS is more pronounced than with two, 1 TB Seagate Barracuda green drives I had on hand and used for a quick audible signature comparison. During Read and Idle states, the Ultrastars are equally quiet to my ears. With 3 weeks under my belt, the drives are performing hiccup-free in the NAS, and the NAS as a whole is doing its thing as expected. As I'm sure y'all will agree, there's a certain peaceful nicety that infuses the senses when tech just works; a satisfying alignment; a soothing musical note -- I do, however, always keep a piece of wood to knock nearby, as father Time and a certain, well-known but unmentionable law are ever-present. Mahalo
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    LaCie the Succubus

    I can relate. I've looked hard for a dependable Firewire-based, direct attached storage (DAS) for Macs -- an increasingly difficult task amongst a shrinking marketplace selection. I, too, have banged my head against the wall with problematic Firewire hardware -- principally at the power supply and bridge-board levels. In my experience, the Oxford chipset-based boards last longer and perform notably faster than the other alternatives. Fed-up with yet another power brick failure, I recently replaced the stock power supplies for both OWC and LaCie drives with beefier, higher DC output power supplies (maintaining the same voltage, of course). So far so good, but I won't be buying new products from the two. If necessary, my next Firewire drive purchase will be from WiebeTech's RTX series -- an empty 2-bay unit that I'll stock with my choice of bare drives. There's a review of one of the RTX220-series units here on Storage Review. It's pricy. It's built like a tank. It has screw-less, caddy-less, easy to disk swap, drive bays. And with past sanity headaches and costs in mind, it now seems like very good value for money. There are three 2-Bay editions. Here's the link to the RTX series if it's of interest: RTX lineup Hopefully, WiebeTech will soon add USB 3.0 to the eStata, FW, USB bridge boards. Cheers
  3. Aloha Storage Review, ~ just wondering if anybody has any thoughts or experience with either the Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 or the TOSHIBA MK1002TSKB drive -- both are 1 TB enterprise drives. They would be used in a 2-bay Synology 212+ NAS, are on Synology's hard disk HCL. Background: ------------ I plan to populate both bays configured as a RAID 1, disk mirrored volume. As you may know, the Synology 212+ runs a Linux OS that uses a software-based mirror solution. The NAS will sit in a quiet home-office environment serving 2 users as a storage device, a backup target for daily user-file deltas, an hourly Apple-esque Time Machine backup; and, during playtime, as the host device for music and picture libraries. In short, as enterprise drives go, they'll see light, 16x7-ish duty. A voltage-regulated UPS will stand guard, and to minimize drive start-up wear 'n tear, I'll schedule the box to hibernate solely during evening and nighttime hours. Where necessary in this case, I place quiet, reliable, and durable before high performance and energy efficiency. Drive Options: --------------- My 3, 1TB Seagate ES.2 drives in an existing file server are running hiccup-free for the last 2+ years. For the new Synology joining the Lan, I'm exploring drive options but to keep things simple and consistent, I want to use native, 512k sector drives until I make a wholesale move to larger advanced format drives. I could buy ES.2 drives again but two other 1 TB enterprise drives have caught my eye that are perhaps, cool and quiet jewels born without mainstream marketing campaigns? A. Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 Link to Drive Specs I've read all SR's references to the drive. It's not a hotly discussed drive but it seems cast in generally favorable light for my usage-case. The 3-year warranty is good, it's native 512k-based, and locally it's attractively priced. However, I don't know if it runs cool and quiet -- both qualities I covet for the NAS's location. B. Toshiba MK1002TSKB Link to Drive Specs The 5-year warranty is great, it's native 512k-based, and here, too, it's attractively priced. Beyond that, I've come up dry consulting professor Google and Storage Review Engineering. I hope I've painted enough detail without running on. If anyone has any thoughts or in-the-field, hands-on experience with these drives, I would be most grateful for your advice and guidance. Mahalo
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    48 tb server help

    Here's a 60 TB rig: 60 TB - Serve The Home The owner details his hardware decisions and software configuration. Additionally, he includes benchmarks and chronicles the project's evolution. The site contains other recipes, too.
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    Is storagereview dying?

    Yes, you're an old fart. Probably at least in your 30's. Personally I also dislike websites with too much blingbling. It's nice on some sites but not when you have to read lots of text and stuff. Kill most flash and a website becomes a lot more readable and way faster. Less scrollbars is nice as well. I am 33 which sometimes seems old in IT... You're on the money: Young enough for a keen edge; old enough for a luggable show-and-tell -- my father's Osborne I.
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    Is storagereview dying?

    Personally, I prefer a simple, clean, text oriented website design where the content is first and foremost (not to imply earlier posters don't). In addition to faster loading pages, it's lighter on bandwidth, which (presumably for SR) costs less to host. I'm not here to initiate a thread on the merits of an SR site redesign --- green on black text, circa 900 baud versus Pogo.com --- to attract new readership but rather to say that I appreciate SR's "just the facts, ma'am" design decision. (am I really that old??)