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Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB Drive Review

The Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 is a robust 7200 RPM, 3TB drive with 64MB of cache that comes with a five-year warranty. It’s pricey, hovering currently around $375, but if you’re looking for a drive that’s designed to take 24x7 punishment it may be worth it. The 7K300 ha s 2M hour MTBF rating which is a first for a 7200 RPM drive.

We put five of these suckers in a Synology DS1511+ NAS. The drives spin up quietly but are fairly noisy when reading and writing data. The sound is similar to a WD VelociRaptor. So these drives are best used in an environment where noise will not be an issue.

Preparing all five drives to run the Synology Hybrid RAID takes the better part of a day with full disc scan to ensure no bad sectors are encountered later. That may sound like a long time but that’s actually pretty good for preparing five 3TB drives.

Where these drives really shine is when multiple clients are accessing the NAS at the same time. For example, a couple of PCs can be backing up data and the NAS media server is able to easily stream audio and video to a TV.

If you run Windows 7 or a Mac you should have no problem using a 3TB drive. If you’re still running XP than stick with the 2TB drives.

We’re beating up these drives as best we can and so far they’re holding up nicely. Video editors will appreciate the robust performance and the 5 year warranty should give anyone piece of mind for myriad backup solutions.

The Ultrastar 7K3000 comes in both SATA and SAS versions to accommodate any workstation or NAS. The HP Z800 filled with several of these drives would be a force to reckon with.

Visit Hitachi for more information.

Linksys E1000 Wireless Router Review

The Linksys E1000 is a wireless router with 4-ports and 2 internal antennas. For this test we replaced an old Netgear WG264 in a wiring closet servicing a 3,000 SF two story home. The wiring closet is on the second floor which makes for optimal wireless coverage.

The difference is night and day. Where the old Netgear router was constantly dropping the signal and requiring a hard reboot the Linksys E1000 has been rock solid. It just shows how far we’ve come on the wireless front in just a few years. Entry level is really pretty good now.

The Linksys E1000 has a nice looking and intuitive interface that makes for a breezy setup. Novice users will appreciate the included CD with step by step instructions. For the fastest setup just punch in the IP address and customize the wireless settings and password. It only takes a couple of minutes.

Cisco is offering a 90 day guarantee on its lineup of Linksys routers. The E1000 retails for under $70 and should satisfy most homes users looking for a no frills wireless setup.

Visit Cisco for more information on the Linksys line of wireless routers.

Seagate GoFlex Ultraportable External Drive Review

The Seagate GoFlex family of external drives are ultraportable and versatile. The drives are ready for USB 2.0 / 3.0 right out of the box and additional connectors can be purchased for connecting to other protocols such as Firewire 800 which is more common on Macs.

The drives are handy for backing up and moving files between Macs and PCs. We sometimes take them on our Video shoots as backup drives. We’ll connect with Firewire 800 to backup from the Macs in the field and then dump it in using USB or eSata back in the studio where we mostly use PCs.

The GoFlex family is not ruggedized in any way. In fact, the drives are in a plastic case which feels quite flimsy and squishy. However, if taken care of properly and not drop kicked around the drives have performed reliably. We’ve had 3 500GB units in use for a few months without any problems.

The biggest attraction of course is the flexibility implied in the name. The additional connectors for Firewire, eSata...etc., cost $30. That’s too high. If you purchase multiple connectors all of sudden you’re at a price point where you could have purchased an Iomega or Laci product with all of the connectors built in already. So it’s kind of silly to by a GoFlex drive and all the connectors.

However, if you primarily only use 1 or 2 connectors and ultra portability is a factor, the GoFlex series becomes much more attractive. We’d like to see the additional connectors drop to the $10-$20 range which is much more reasonable.

Visit Seagate for more information.

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