NAS Drive Prices

Size Western Digital Red Seagate NAS HDD HGST Deskstar NAS
1 TB $64.99 not offered not offered
2 TB $79.99 $87.99 not offered
3 TB $109.99 $99.99 -
4 TB - $144.49 $168.50
5 TB $199.99 not offered $234.95
6 TB $249.00 not offered $272.50

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Categories: Hard Drives

Hard Drive Failure: Analysis of 49,056 Hard Drives

Backblaze’s latest drive reliability stats are out.

we are publishing data on 49,056 hard drives spread across 26 different models, varying from 1.0TB to 8.0TB in size.

Source: Backblaze: Hard Drive Failure: Analysis of 49,056 Hard Drives

Categories: Hard Drives

Accidental Tech Podcast: 141: Chain-Link-Fenced Garden

The Mac-focused podcast talks about home storage.

Large-storage needs at home: NAS, Drobo, or external hard drives?

Source: Accidental Tech Podcast: 141: Chain-Link-Fenced Garden

Categories: News, Podcast

QNAP TS-451+ SOHO NAS Review

AnandTech reviews the QNAP TS-451+ NAS.

A look at the specifications reveals that the core SoC and memory capacity seem to be similar to the TS-x53 Pro launched last year. However, while the TS-x53 Pro targets the mid-end SMB market, the focus of the TS-x51 is more towards the home consumer side.

Source: QNAP TS-451+ SOHO NAS Review

Categories: Prebuilt NAS, QNAP, Reviews

WD Red Pro 6 TB Review – High Performance NAS HDD Gets a Capacity Bump

AnandTech reviews the 6 TB Western Digital Red Pro hard drive.

The WD Red Pro is meant for rackmount units up to 16 bays, but is not intended to be a replacement for drives such as the WD Re.

Source: WD Red Pro 6 TB Review – High Performance NAS HDD Gets a Capacity Bump

Categories: Hard Drives

HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB Review on AnandTech

HGST aims to fill that space with the 6 TB Deskstar NAS. It falls in the same market category as the WD Red. However, the HGST Deskstar NAS drives have a 7200 RPM rating and the 5 / 6 TB variants come with 128 MB of DRAM cache. This is expected to make them perform closer to the Seagate Enterprise Capacity v4 and Enterprise NAS HDD drives. In the remainder of the review, we will try to determine whether that is the case.

via AnandTech

Categories: Benchmarks, Reviews

Should I Use a DIY PC for My NAS or Buy an Enclosure?

Lifehacker goes over the pros and cons of building a NAS from an old PC or buying a prebuilt one.

Categories: Comparisons, Guides

ASUS P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L (Intel Avoton) Server Motherboard Review

Tweak Town reviews and benchmarks a Mini-ITX, passively cooled, 18 drive, 4 NIC, IPMI NAS motherboard by ASUS.

The unique feature of this platform is low power use or green design, which allows it to be run with a passive cooling system. This also offers low running cost with power saving features.

via Tweak Town

Categories: Benchmarks, Reviews

Building Your Own NAS: Silverstone DS380 Chassis Tested, Reviewed

TechSpot combines some popular NAS components, a Silverstone DS380 case, Asrock C2750D4I motherboard, and FreeNAS.

Assembling your own NAS would net more performance as well because you’d be using a Celeron or Pentium over the Atom or other SoCs, while power shouldn’t be a concern with Haswell using less than 30 watts at idle. As the cherry on top, open source software such as FreeNAS and enclosures like Silverstone’s DS380 should make it less daunting to get started with your homebrewed eight-bay NAS server.

via TechSpot.

WD Red Pro Review: 4 TB Drives for NAS Systems Benchmarked

AnandTech reviews and benchmarks a bunch of 4TB NAS and server hard drives.

Categories: Benchmarks, Reviews

The Ars NAS distribution shootout: FreeNAS vs NAS4Free

Ars Technica takes a look at the most popular NAS distributions available for x86/x86-64 hardware.

Today, we’re going to look at two ready-to-rock ZFS-enabled network attached storage distributions: FreeNAS and NAS4Free.

via Ars Technica.

Categories: FreeNAS, Reviews

Storage Pod 4.0: Direct Wire Drives – Faster, Simpler and Less Expensive

Backblaze is back with a new version of their Storage Pod. The major change is that they got rid of their port multiplier backplanes, and instead are going with drives directly attached to two expensive 40-port SATA cards.

The port multipliers have always been a negative aspect of their build to me, as I can see them causing problems, slowing down performance, and being difficult to integrate into a standard PC case. Their replacement is two $700 40-port SATA cards. The downside to these is price, and while I’d love to have one of these cards in my 20-drive file server, it’s out of my budget.

I guess I’ll keep waiting for an affordable, high-port count SATA card.

For the first time since the original Storage Pod, Backblaze is announcing a completely redesigned approach with the introduction of the first “direct wire” Storage Pod. This new Storage Pod performs four times faster, is simpler to assemble, and delivers our lowest cost per gigabyte of data storage yet. And, once again, it’s open source.

via Backblaze Blog 

Synology DiskStation DS214se Review

The DiskStation DS214se is Synology’s economical two-bay NAS with the capability to host, share, and protect data and is optimized to be an personal NAS server running the ever incomparable DiskStation Manager (DSM).


Categories: Reviews, Synology

Enterprise Drives: Fact or Fiction?

Backblaze looks at drive failures in their company and discovers little difference in failure rates of enterprise vs consumer drives.

Via Backblaze Blog » Enterprise Drives: Fact or Fiction?

Categories: Hard Drives, News

Ubuntu Server 13.10 Released with Two Stable SSD Caching Options

Ubuntu Server 13.10 is out, and with it comes the 3.11 kernel with production-ready Bcache and dm-cache SSD caching options. SSD caching can help speed up NAS devices significantly by allowing reads and writes to hit SSDs before slower rotational media.

Ubuntu 13.1o is considered a stable release, although it’s only supported for 9 months. The next release will be 14.04 LTS with 5 years of support.

Information about other server package updates in Ubuntu 13.10 can be found in the release notes.

Categories: News

Battle of the 4 TB NAS Drives: WD Red and Seagate NAS HDD Face-Off

AnandTech reviews and benchmarks the Western Digital Red, Seagate NAS HDD, Western Digital SE, and Western Digital RE 4 TB NAS hard drives.

The correct choice of hard drives for a NAS system is influenced by a number of factors. These include expected workloads, performance requirements and power consumption restrictions, amongst others. In this review, we will discuss some of these aspects while evaluating four different hard drives targeting the NAS market:

via AnandTech | Battle of the 4 TB NAS Drives: WD Red and Seagate NAS HDD Face-Off.