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    Seagate ST4000DM000 or Hgst 0S03665 (no raid)?

    Agree, but with recent SG series, you should think twice.
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    Are the WD Reds better than the Greens for 24 hour operation?

    If you say greens are not for ANY kinds of Raid, looks like you don't know about Raids these days. Hardware Raid ---> Reds : I agree (but who care of hardware raid these days?) Software Raid ----> doesn't matter if you're using reds or greens. I totally agree if you buy reds with more money...
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    WD RE 4tb drives dropping in price

    Sorry but tell me when it drops to ~$140. Most of my 4TB drives I bought were ~$120. And for this one, I would pay $20 more for another year of warranty.
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    Will install FreeNas on my HDD, possible?

    - Just in case usb drive dies, I don't know if my data is sill intact. - Looks urgly when I (and many people) see it protruded. A quick question here. When I install FreeNas on my HDD (2TB), the OS should occupy about less than 100MB, so can I use the rest capacity of the hard drive to...
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    Will install FreeNas on my HDD, possible?

    Plan to build my home Nas based on FreeNas. But I found, for many reasons, I'd better install FreeNas to a hard drive instead of running FreeNAS from a USB key as intended. Is it possible and how? :confused: Thank you for your thoughts and inputs.
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    JBOD software with individual drive spin down?

    Ok, check flexaid, stableit, and drive bender. They all have option to let you try in a few weeks and you can figure out which one is the best for you. Those are not free but pesonally it's worth.
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    PSU for 24 HDDs

    I have about 40 drives. Peak power at startup is ~620W, and stable (normal) at ~250W. My PSU is 850W Seasonic. I think you're good to go with the 900W PSU.
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    Prebuilt NAS or Home Build

    Unraid, sorry but the money I buy that license, I can buy another 3TB drive to enrich my storage and go with a lot free but robust OS.
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    6TB Helium drives

    Should wait and see...
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    Seagate 4TB NAS HDD

    I know for sure he's talking about ST4000DM000 (at $140) not ST4000VN000. I actually bought 10 ST4000DM000 drives at $130/each from Amazon about half year ago. They're still working fine in my home server now, FYI. Unless ST4000VN000 drive drops below $150, trust me, ST4000DM000 drive still...
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    Free Backup Solution

    You know what? I hate Windows backup. Last year, my C drive crashed. After I replaced a new drive and restored my machine with its image I kept in my nas. Everything looked just fine until I was warned to activate the OS. What the hell! Had to call Microsoft and explained blah... blah... Damn...
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    Will too many Hard drives be a fire hazard shorten lifespan?

    You sure? My FreeNAS server that has 10 drives and all of them spinning all the time when I run torrent 24/7 and keep download files in the pool. And yes, give some fans to make it cool.
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    Free Backup Solution

    Thanks, great. I like it. Let say I backup my PC C drive image to NAS, and suddenly on a beautiful day my PC cannot boot up because my C drive crashed. How can I restore it while I cannot run AOMEI Backupper? :confused:
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    How do you know if your NAS is hot-swappable?

    A friend of mine just suggested that I should buy a Lian Li PC-Q25 ITX PC Case that he said it must be good for my new nas and it's hot-swappable. I really don't know if a home Freenas/ Free4nas would benefit from "hot-swappable" and, if possilbe, what kind of mITX mobo should I buy? Or any...
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    When you buy a SSD, which factor you should consider first?

    Thanks for the link you gave, but the article was over a year. As you know, things have changed so fast specially in SSD world. I have one question, guys. On a certain beautiful day, when you turn on your PC, the machine cannot recognize your SSD that you installed OS and you properly think...
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    ZFS server, non-ECC to ECC

    A quick easy question. Why a nas MUST need ECC? I built an alike nas without ECC and it runs 24/7 for months withou any issue.
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    How many of you use NAS?

    I have the same question why people are these days using NAS. I don't need security camera (how many percent of you need it?) I don't need a web server or alike (how many percent of you need it?) When I needed of some more storage space for my media server, I built my own small desktop (just...
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    When you buy a SSD, which factor you should consider first?

    Thank you for the inputs, guys. Right here I have a quick question. Do you notice that the more capacity a SSD has the faster speed it runs? Why? Please explain in more detail and simple. Thank you.
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    MDADM to ZFS build

    Mobo, CPU, and RAM (at least 16GB) with ECC supported. WD Red or SG Nas hard drives. Seasonic or Corsair PSU. What else, guys?
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    When you buy a SSD, which factor you should consider first?

    Recently, when SSD drives turn cheaper, people are changing their minds and decide to buy more SSD drives for their PCs. So, if you're on the fence to buy a new SSD drive, which one should you think about first (please don't mention the price - just talk about technology)? Brandname? MLC or...
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    Thinking about Synology - Talk me out of it

    Do you guys think FreeNAS or Nas4Free which one is better? GUI, performance, reliability,...? Thanks.
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    The perfect ZFS home server motherboard.

    Hey, wait... I was told mITX is less power consumption then mATX, is that correct? Thanks.
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    The perfect ZFS home server motherboard.

    Right, no arguement here. But if (in your 10 HDDs system) you want to read a little file on a specific drive, the whole 10 drives will spin up right away. Is that correct?
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    The perfect ZFS home server motherboard.

    Really? I thought all drives those are in ZFS system are always spinning. Are you sure? Prove it?
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    SSD intermittently recognised in BIOS

    +1. That makes sense.
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    4TB Drive Options - ST4000VN000 vs WD40EFRX

    For me, I would buy which ones are cheaper if I could find.
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    NAS/Media Storage what to buy??

    FYI I didn't test QNAP TS-212-US yet, but as for Synology DS212j, you may get some lag/stutter when you stream 1080p movies.
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    HGST 4TB Deskstar 0S03359 experiences?

    I have some in my current home media server now. It runs cool, quiet but slow as WD green ones. Not any issues after a half year of running 24/7.
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    Buying NAS : do I make a good choice ?

    I've currently been using several WD 3TB Green drives in my Synology NAS that's running 24/7. It's cool, quiet and fast enough for my home use. A friend of mine who works for WD told me Green and Red (dedicated for NAS) have the same parts and assembling lines. Red only has a different label in...
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    WWYD - Trouble choosing ZFS server or NAS

    Couldn't see any links/ charts that prove/ confirm your state at Synology website. :confused: Can you provide more info.?
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    I have lost faith!

    I never have to use any UPS for my computers at home. I've never used OCZ PSU, so I have no comment on it. Antec PSU killed 2 mobos in the past from what I remember. It has real good cases but stay away from its PSUs. All my home PCs/ servers are now running on SeaSonic or Cosair PSUs only...
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    Clone Windows 8 from HDD to SSD

    I had the same situation and used license # on the Windows label at the bottom of my lappy. Got an error when I tried to activate. I don't remember what exactly the error massage was but I couldn't.
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    Western Garbage Green

    When I buy a hdd, I don't care if it's WD, Seagate, SamSung, Hitachi, Toshiba, Maxtor, ....All I should care is my hdds must stay away from heat, power fluctuation, and vibration.
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    wd red, ultrastar or deskstar for 24/7 NAS?

    I personally don't trust RED since one failed in my hand after several months of using. Green is slower than Red? Not so sure but what I know for sure is Green reliable and cool in NAS. Been using Green over 2 years without any issue. Also been using new models of Seagate (3TB and 4TB) in my...
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    tRAID RC1 - Transparent RAID (by FlexRAID developer) is out.

    Can you tell us some tweaking you have done, SirMaster?
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    tRAID RC1 - Transparent RAID (by FlexRAID developer) is out.

    Have you tested tRAID RC2 yet?
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    Hard Drive Rubber Feet

    A stupid question. Do we really need Hard Drive rubber feet if we don't use HDD for external enclosure?Thanks.
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    What is your max speed between NAS and PCs?

    Ok, a lot of people said D-Link 655 router is not the culprit of slow speed. I'll replace current on-board intel NIC by a dedicated intel NIC card tonight and test once again. If I see no improvement during testing, I assure you can my Synology NAS posted somewhere on eBay/ Craiglist :D
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