[geeks] Thoughts? (Cheap NAS with nice feature set)
lionel4287 at verizon.net
Mon Apr 7 11:45:12 CDT 2008
>From: Nadine Miller <velociraptor at gmail.com>
>Date: 2008/04/07 Mon AM 08:17:27 CDT
>To: The Geeks List <geeks at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [geeks] Thoughts? (Cheap NAS with nice feature set)
>Shannon Hendrix wrote:
>> On Apr 4, 2008, at 10:35 , Lionel Peterson wrote:
>>> It's $120 + cost of HDs from Newegg.com, but it looks pretty nice for
>>> Mfg. link: http://www.galaxymetalgear.com/Products/3500MGBR_pro.html
>>> 2 SATA bays, RAID 1/0, USB expandability, 10/100/1000 ethernet, etc...
>> I'm disappointed that people have not lined up to hack the Hammer NAS I
>> bought last year, since it would seem possible too.
>> Seems to me it is slower than the Hammer, but cheaper too.
>The reviews @ Newegg do not inspire a lot of confidence, though. Not
>recognizing HD's on start up? 3 minute boot times?
IIRC there are a handful of reviews, with half at "five stars", the rest across the board. I question the abilities of many reviewers at Newegg, esp. for a box like this one.
Understand, I've never touched one of these units, but as an example, I have a Netgear SC101 - a piece of crap, dog-slow NAS box that requires you to install software on each PC that you want to access the storage from - and most reviewers crucify it as pure garbage. If I were to write a review for the unit today, after I just dug it out of storage, I'd say:
"Runs OK with latest firmware, performance not stellar, but very reasonable for small file storage/archives, and it works great with Windows Server 2003" and I may give it four out of five stars. My review would be based on my needs, and my needs are for single picture upload/download archive and long-term archive for personal correspondence/small word documents.
BTW, the SC101 takes two IDE drives, offers RAID 0 or RAID 1, and simply appears as a drive on my Windows Server machine without any effort beyond installing the driver...
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