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Seagate Introduces BarraCuda 2.5” HDDs with Up to 5 TB Capacity

October 22nd, 2016 No comments

AnandTech has some insight into Seagate’s new 2.5″ drive lineup, with sizes up to 5 TB.

The BarraCuda 2.5”/15 mm drives for external storage solutions will be used inside Seagate’s own DAS devices such as the Backup Plus Portable Drive and the Expansion Portable Hard Drive products. The Seagate Backup Plus Plus Portable Drive 5 TB (STDR5000100) is due in early November and will cost around $150 – $160.

Source: AnandTech: Seagate Introduces BarraCuda 2.5” HDDs with Up to 5 TB Capacity

Categories: Hard Drives, News

Seagate’s New ‘Guardian Series’ Portfolio Brings 10TB Helium HDDs to Consumers

July 23rd, 2016 No comments

Seagate announced a new line of consumer NAS hard drives named IronWolf. They come in capacities up to 10 TB, are 7200 RPM, and include vibration sensors.

The IronWolf series is focused on hard drives for the NAS segment, currently served by vendors such as Synology and QNAP.

Source: AnandTech: Seagate’s New ‘Guardian Series’ Portfolio Brings 10TB Helium HDDs to Consumers

Categories: News

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

December 6th, 2015 No comments

AnandTech reviews the 6 TB, 7200RPM Western Digital Red Pro NAS hard drive.

Western Digital was the first to introduce a 6 TB drive in the SOHO NAS drive space, but Seagate came back a few months later with a souped-up 6 TB Enterprise NAS HDD targeting the SMB / SME NAS units. Last month, Western Digital finally released the 6 TB version of the WD Red Pro for the SMB / SME NAS units.

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

Categories: News

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

November 7th, 2015 No comments

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

Enterprise Drives: Fact or Fiction?

December 6th, 2013 No comments

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

October 20th, 2013 1 comment

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

Western Digital Red 4 TB and 2.5″ NAS Drives Released

September 3rd, 2013 No comments

Western Digital today released a 4 TB 3.5″ Red NAS drive, along with expanding the Red line to include 2.5 inch drives in 750 GB and 1 TB configurations. Storage Review has already published benchmarks for the 4 TB drive and the 1 TB 2.5″ drive.

Categories: Benchmarks, Hard Drives, News

Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive Review

July 15th, 2012 No comments

Western Digital released a hard drive aimed directly at home NAS users. It should also work great for home file servers, and any server where a 5400 RPM SATA drive is appropriate.

WD has several features that they’re touting as critical for the NAS user including; NASware specialized firmware, Intellipower low power spindle, robust NAS compatibility list, three year warranty and a dedicated WD Red 24×7 customer support line (1-855-55-WDRED if you need them).


Categories: Hard Drives, News, Reviews

Thecus Rolls Out Core i3, SAS Rackmount NAS

August 19th, 2011 No comments

A professional rackmount version of a DIY NAS, with link aggregation and redundant power:

The N8900 is based on a dual-core Intel Core i3-2120 processor with 8 GB of DDR3 memory and Thecus Dual DOM flash memory.

via SmallNetBuilder

Categories: Complete Systems, News, Thecus

FreeNAS 8.0 now available

May 5th, 2011 No comments

According to iXsystems developer James T. Nixon III, FreeNAS 8.0 includes major architectural optimisations and is more modular than previous versions. It features a redesigned GUI, built using Python and the Django web framework, that is aimed at making the OS easier to use. ZFS and UFS2 file systems are both supported – ZFS is used as the primary file system.

via The H Open Source

Categories: FreeNAS, News, ZFS

HP kills Windows Home Server line, claims Vail fail not to blame

December 1st, 2010 1 comment

Soon after it’s discovered that the next version of Windows Home Server will be dropping its drive extender feature, HP decided to drop its Windows Home Server products.

Categories: News, Windows Home Server

Data Robotics’s Drobo S storage robot goes USB 3.0, starts at $800

November 29th, 2010 No comments

As you could probably surmise from the title above, the only notable difference in Data Robotics’ newest storage robot is the addition of USB 3.0, but the triple interface ensures that eSATA and FireWire 800 users are also taken care of.

via Engadget

Categories: Drobo, News

Has Microsoft just ruined Windows Home Server?

November 29th, 2010 1 comment

Ars Technica covers the implications of Microsoft removing the Drive Extender feature from Windows Home Server.

Indeed, Drive Extender was fundamental to the home server concept. A home server as originally envisaged by the Windows Home Server team should have, in essence, infinite storage, and storage that should be transparently extensible.

Categories: News, Windows Home Server

Seagate’s New Home NAS

July 25th, 2010 No comments

Gizmodo has a summary of of Seagate’s new home NAS, the GoFlex Desk.

The NAS—they don’t want to call it a NAS—works just like most up-to-date NASes do: Time Machine support, streaming content to media players (Xbox 360, PS3) around your network, USB printer support, third-party real-time backup, remote access with your iPhone/iPad and smartphone as well as Facebook and Flickr integration.

via Gizmodo

Categories: News, Seagate

Awesome Custom Built 16 TB Atom Powered NAS

June 26th, 2010 No comments

Will Urbina has posted full build pics of a low power NAS using an Atom processor, HighPoint 8-port RAID card, and eight 2 TB SATA drives.

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