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  1. Valleyforge

    Yup, yet another which drive question (NAS)

    HGST Deskstar NAS. Reds are probably too slow, the Red Pro is unproven, and the RE4 is a noisy, hot running beast. The Seagate NAS is just a relabelled Desktop.15, so same issue as the Red as far as speed is concerned. Though, to be fair the 412+ is pretty old now, there's faster NAS units out there for probably less money. The 415play has hardware encoding for certain apps, I'm not sure if that includes Plex just yet. I'd recommend the Asustor AS604T. It is an Atom based unit (D2700), 2 cores, 4 threads, and totally wipes the floor with most of the Synology units. I'm also finding the Asustor is more stable than Synology - with the various Synos I had, I was always having to tinker and fiddle with them to keep everything happy. The Asustor I plugged in, copied the files over, and basically forgotten about it since. Even an AS204T is probably as fast as the 412+, though it lacks expansion options (the 604T has 2x eSATA expansion ports).
  2. Valleyforge

    Synology DS415play NAS Review Discussion

    Noise and power consumption really are a must - these things are designed for home use, and I don't know anyone that's happy to run a noisy machine that sucks power.
  3. Valleyforge

    Synology DS415play NAS Review Discussion

    No mention that this is an Atom-based NAS dual core with HT, not the dual core ARM Marvell of the 414. No internal pictures. No power consumption figures. No noise readings. OK for a draft, looking forward to the real review.
  4. Valleyforge

    How come my 840 EVO is slower than Vertex 3?

    It's something to do with Sandforce drives. I have an ancient Kingston V+200 that's Sandforce, and it is the fastest "feeling" drive, even compared to the latest Samsung drives. I know, it makes no sense, but that's the way it is.
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    Buying a 6TB disk in the UK

    Try and hold off a few months, there should be better availability of bigger drives. But, as others have said, you really want to be using a SSD for the DB stuff and just use a spinner for your big 'slow' data.
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    Slow write speed on intel Raid 5 (6xRED 4tb)

    As others have said, running 6 drives in RAID5 on Intel FakeRAID is a terrible idea.
  7. Valleyforge

    New Defective? Samsung Spinpoint M8

    Sounds like it's dead. Which is unusual for the M8, it's been around a long time, and considered a solid, reliable drive. Sounds like a NewEgg warehouse minion mishandled it.
  8. Valleyforge

    Seagate 8TB HDD Now Shipping Discussion

    Looks like a drive that would suit my needs fine. Even the slowest drive can serve my needs, which is usually a single movie at a time being streamed off my NAS. I think I'm probably in the same boat as most home users that have a NAS, it's pure bulk storage with minimal access.
  9. Is it just me, or is SanDisk's naming convention confusing? I can never tell what's new, what's old, slow, fast. You really need a code wheel to figure out what is what.
  10. Valleyforge

    OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review Discussion

    I still think they're wasting their time. With OCZ's past history (relabeling and overclocking RAM, the terrible SSDs, and pretty dire PSUs), they still have a lot to prove that they're not the same company. If things have changed so much, Toshiba should have dumped the OCZ name and got rid of all that past history. The only way they'll sell OCZ branded drives is to newbies who are sucked in by big discounts, or by the drives hanging in blister packs in the local electronics store (Radio Shack, Maplin, etc).
  11. Valleyforge

    OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review Discussion

    It's totally fair, because I've seen nothing that shows OCZ have changed. A terrible product owned by a different company is still a terrible product. It just has a different label on it.
  12. Did you format the drive if it's a new one? It won't get a drive letter until you do...
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    OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review Discussion

    After the terrible reliability and even worse firmware on the old OCZ drives, why would anyone who suffered those buy these new OCZ SSDs? I had 5 Agility3 units before I got one that worked for more than a month.
  14. I'm aware of that, I was only throwing that in as a bonus statement. If the UK government has gone to the lengths of setting up a whole department to test Huwiieieeie's stuff, I think I'd be avoiding that stuff...who knows what's hiding in the firmware. Tinfoil hat on.
  15. Well, as one who occasionally specs IT hardware, and having done the Ethical Hacking courses, I doubt I'd ever recommend, or even consider Huawei because of that nagging doubt in the back of my mind that there's a possibility of something going on thanks to the Chinese government. There was also some security concerns expressed in UK government about the big deal British Telecom did with Huawei and the ADSL equipment they're using. Besides, I've had the misfortune of having some Huawei equipment (ADSL modem router supplied by my ISP, the PVR supplied by my ISP, and a 3G USB dongle) and it's all pure junk. Terrible stuff. Interesting reading: