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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

The ins and outs of planning and building your own home NAS

February 11th, 2016 No comments

Ars Technica walks through building a Windows NAS:

At this point, I had a couple of options. I could spend more money on a better, faster NAS, one that wouldn’t disappoint me with its performance. Or… I could go ahead and build my own, which would give me the flexibility to build basically whatever box I wanted. Inspired by our recent articles on building a living room gaming PC and a DIY router, I decided to take the more Ars option.

Source: The ins and outs of planning and building your own home NAS | Ars Technica

Hard Drive Failure: Analysis of 49,056 Hard Drives

November 8th, 2015 No comments

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

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

October 25th, 2015 No comments

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

Building Your Own NAS: Silverstone DS380 Chassis Tested, Reviewed

August 17th, 2014 1 comment

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.

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

March 21st, 2014 No comments

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 

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

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

September 4th, 2013 No comments

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.

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

NAS Drive Prices

August 30th, 2013 No comments
Size Western Digital Red Seagate NAS HDD HGST Deskstar NAS
1 TB $62.99 $49.99 not offered
2 TB $79.99 $111.91 not offered
3 TB $106.98 $129.00 -
4 TB - $277.49 $129.99
5 TB $197.65 not offered $364.99
6 TB $210.78 $189.96 $199.99
8 TB $249.99 $269.99 not offered
10 TB not offered $299.99 not offered

More drive prices here. Prices are updated automatically from Amazon.com.

Categories: Hard Drives

DIY simple NAS on budget

December 24th, 2012 2 comments

User mzepan wrote in with a DIY NAS running FreeNAS and sporting a custom case. Check it out here.

Hacked together NAS in a box

December 23rd, 2012 No comments

Hack a Day brings us a low powered OpenWRT NAS in a tin box.

Categories: Custom Builds, Guides, Showcase

Drobo Releases Faster 5N NAS

December 13th, 2012 No comments

New features include a faster processor and an optional SSD cache.

Read more about it at Ars Technica and Drobo.com.

Categories: Complete Systems, Drobo

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).

via  StorageReview.com

Categories: Hard Drives, News, Reviews

DIY: Home UBUNTU NAS Server

September 5th, 2011 No comments

A detailed blog post which covers hardware and software choices.

For the hardware, I ended up with a fanless MiniITX motherboard Intel D510MO, which has a Atom processor, Gigabit ethernet (all my home network is Gigabit, so it does make a difference). I am also using a 2GB 800Mhz Kingston RAM memory, and both two SATA connectors. The MOBO has up to seven 2.0 USB and one mini PCI Express, in case I want to add more SATA drives in the future.

via DanielAndrade.net