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Workhorse Hard Drives

by on Mar.27, 2019, under QNAP

I have become a huge fan of QNAP’s NAS solutions. Not only are they affordable, they have been a proven solution in the small to mid-size business space. If you are looking for a well performing drive that will run tasks 24/7 for 3-5 years, I recommend checking out Western Digital’s Red Pro line (Amazon – http://amzn.to/2JCNRkJ).

You can confirm they will work with your NAS using QNAP’s compatibility list https://www.qnap.com/en/compatibility/.

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Still using a serial interface?

by on Mar.13, 2019, under Serial Interfaces

Many of us find that the serial interface is still widely deployed, but it is become harder to find computers with a build in interface. While I have had a lot of success with USB devices such as the Tripp Lite Keyspan High-Speed USB to Serial Adapter (Amazon – http://amzn.to/2VF6nhP), there are some solutions that have trouble interfacing over a USB connection. I have found a great PCIe X1 card on that works well with Windows 10’s native drivers (Amazon –
http://amzn.to/2O30xja. I hope if you have need for a similar solution, that you can know this one works!

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Old SAS Drives

by on Jul.10, 2018, under Hardware

It seems like it’s getting difficult to source SAS drives that are shipping with a variety of Dell servers (such as the one on Amazon http://amzn.to/2L9O5w8). Has anyone used a SAS to SSD adapter in a server RAID array?

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