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  • Arbie - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    Didn't see thermals mentioned. Seagate goes for record-setting internal temps by totally sealing their drives in plastic. I have several GoFlex multi-TB units that, out of the box, exceed their max rated limits! It seems impossible that a company that can build a modern hard drive can't produce a ventilated plastic box to house it. At least I thought it was impossible, but technology advances....

    Yeah I know these are different animals but they still say "Seagate" on them, and those incompetent packaging engineers must have moved on to some other project. Could be this one.


    and probably many other web comments by now.

    BTW the fix on the GoFlex is to rip half the cover off, and hold the remaining half on with a rubber band. Looks real nice.
  • JeffFlanagan - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    I was considering getting three or four of these to replace my somewhat flaky Unraid server, but Arbie's comment makes me worry that this will be drive-destroying junk.

    Ganesh, can you tell us about any thermal issues?
  • DanNeely - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    This design includes a 120mm fan. While measurements would be nice, I doubt this design has the same problem as the goflex enclosure. Reply
  • woggs - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    The pics on page 2 show the fan but no other vent holes for air flow. Where does the air from the fan go? Are there bottom vent holes we can't see? Reply
  • MichaelD - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    The fan pulls air through the chassis from front to back. The air enters through the spaces around the drive sleds and is pulled through/over the drives before being pushed out the perforated rear panel.

    I've been looking to get a NAS device to replace the W7 box/HW RAID card setup I have running at home as a NAS. I built that box 3 years ago to replace the SOHO NAS JUNK that was for sale at that time. I.E. under $600 or so.

    This box looks promising...but still, the storage format is not compatible with Windows. If the NAS itself fails, I have to wait until a replacement NAS is purchased to see if my data is there, and that worries me.
  • MichaelD - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    Just saw that even though it's got two GbE ports, this device does not support Link Aggregation. A real shame. Not a deal-breaker for me but it's nit to pick. Reply
  • MadMan007 - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    It depends on the NAS drive file system actually. There are ext4 drivers for Windows that enable read/write of ext4 volumes. I have read that people are able to pull a drive from a RAID1 and read it on a Windows machine...perhaps it depends on the NAS vendor as well though. Reply
  • ganeshts - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    This unit's lineage is not related to the GoFlex, rather, it is from LaCie (the use of Noctua fans, for example).

    I am very happy with the thermal performance. All our evaluation was done with the WD Re drives (known for not being very 'cool'), and never once did the temperatures go above 50 C in our stress tests.
  • BMNify - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    seriously, how can you keep flogging the crap ARMADA 370 SoC in a NAS as a good investment, tindustrial hey are far lower spec than even a A8 in data throughput and the ports are second rate add-on's for a soc that cant cope.....

    even an old 5.4" single board computer with a cheap case would be far more forgiving of data throughput,
    LS-576TXD 5.25" Embedded board with Intel QM77 w/6 x Giga LAN

    or one of the newer 3.5" smb's would give far better return on investmant, just bung freenas on there and be far better supported.
  • name99 - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    Dude, just accept that different people have different desires and needs.

    Personally I don't see the point of these NAS boxes --- I can (and do) create much the same thing by hooking up a bunch of external drives to an old Mac and using OSX's soft RAID. Meets my needs, may not meet yours, especially if your needs demand RAID5 or live disk replacement.

    Likewise some other people's NEEDs (not desires, NEEDs) are "absolutely trivial installation", or "comes in a single box that can easily be moved, with no bits hanging out".

    You're like the salesman who, asked "please show me the laptops department" starts ranting about "you don't want a laptop, you want a tablet. Here, let me show you our fine selection of tablets."
  • MadMan007 - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    Whoa, you mean a motherboard that costs more than this entire NAS performs better? SHOCKING! Reply
  • JeffFlanagan - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    Thanks Ganesh and others who commented on the cooling. Reply
  • harshw - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    Ganesh, I can attest to the fact that LaCie's fan design on their 5Big boxes for example - isn't really good for thermals. Like I commented earlier, I had a LaCie 5Big NAS Pro consistently overheat here in California where the ambient room temps can easily rise to 80F. I replaced the 120mm Noctua with a 150mm Thermaltake and also cut out the fan grill. It worked but the LaCie RAID config was already broken and no amount of recovery would help. Reply
  • ganeshts - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    That is disappointing to hear. I have the 5big Pro running without issues, but I have it perched on a shelf open on all four sides (basically a garage rack converted to hold stuff) where there is plenty of air-flow. One issue with the 5big box is that you have to make sure the underside is pretty clear (air intake is through that).

    That said, I do have more confidence in the NAS 4-bay, as the air is being pulled in through the front side of the unit. But, then, again, the NAS 4-bay doesn't have a metal body, so some heat loss through conduction will be missed.
  • beginner99 - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    With these huge RAID-Rebuild times greatly increasing the risk of a second drive failure, wouldn't it make sense to add a dedicated chip that speeds this up? This would even help during normal operation? Reply
  • Zan Lynx - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    As far as I know, no current hardware is limited by the CPU when doing RAID rebuild. It is always the amount of time that it takes to read and write so many terabytes of data.

    Now maybe if the drive bays were fitted with SSDs it would be a problem.
  • jabber - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    From looking at recent tests and from my own kit at home it really looks like you need around 500MHz of ARM CPU power per 20-22MBps of data pumped down the cable. Reply
  • Zan Lynx - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    Maybe the NAS builders should start using AMD Bobcat. My little home server built on a E-350 can fill a gigabit Ethernet link. Reply
  • wintermute000 - Sunday, July 27, 2014 - link

    I agree. heck even Bill us the cost difference, what 50 more or whatever for a real cpu like a celeron Reply

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