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What options are available for cheap NAS devices that allows to put two hard drives in RAID 1?

QNAP TS-231 I've been using a TS-212 just about 24/7 for two years. I was happy enough with it that I recently bought a second QNAP device, albeit one that has 4 drive bays (TS-451). It appears that ...
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>2 TB 2.5 inch HDD

If you can use an external drive, there's the Toshiba 3TB Canvio HDTB330EK3CA (catchy!) It's 3TB and 2.5 inch, but it's expensive. Expensive to the extent that you could get 2 2TB drives for less than ...
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Inexpensive Long-term (10-20-year) Archival Storage

Your criteria are impossible to merge together and here is why, ordered by cost. You need a 10 year reliable storage that can handle more or less industrial quality requirements. This is a quite high ...
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Will any replacement SATA hard drive work to replace any SATA port?

Yup. Its standard as long as its the same from factor. For that matter 7mm and 9mm 2.5 inch drives, and 3.5 inch drives like that all share the same connector. Just make sure its the right form ...
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Will switching to SSD improve my write performance?

It depends mainly on the type of NAND the SSD uses, and also somewhat on the controller. Higher quality SLC NAND stores one bit per cell. This make the cells much faster and longer lived, whereas MLC ...
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1TB or more HDD for Playstation 4

I have looked for other HDD that fit your requirements, and the one you linked to in your comments is the best that I have found. Its capacity is 2TB, it is a standard size, so it will fit inside your ...
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Router + External Hard Drive (a.k.a. Home Cloud)

If you really want an android app you should look at certain brands. But if you don't need an app from the router manufacturer, basically any router with a USB and FTP-support should work. To answer ...
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External SATA enclosure for multiple disks

OK, so I have used an older version of this product with success, but not had a chance to use their latest version. My experience was good enough to make a general recommendation. Icy Dock now ...
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Upgrade HDD to SSD for Dell Inspiron 5558

Please note, this is answer is for the Dell Inspiron 15-5558, which hopefully is the same as the OP has. Is my laptop compatible to upgrade to SSD ? Yes, as you can see in the following picture, ...
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Seagate Hard Drive RPM

I'm sorry I don't have a source on this as it's more of a result of long experience in the industry than anything else I can really point to, documentation-wise (so if someone else comes along with a ...
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Is there a low power consuming device with good CPU to be used as a NAS?

If you want a non NUC class machine, just go with a mini ITX system. They arn't as ludicrously small but they have more expansion capability. Looking at these reviews something like the asrock 3150 ...
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SSD / HDD choice when write speed is slow - developer workstation and for games

SSDs should never be slower than a HDD, especially in small files. The reason is because of how they work. A HDD uses a spinning platter and a read/write head for information access where a SSD uses a ...
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What hard drive connector is this?

I originally posted this article on: HP laptop/MHV2120BH HDD as a comment. It turns out that the correct connection is/was always there. There was an adapter fitted over the SATA connector, for use ...
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HDD vs SSD for semi-frequent backups

Assuming price is not a concern, neither one has much of an advantage over the other for your purposes. A powered-down laptop hard drive is reasonably shock-resistant: the 500g rating is roughly ...
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Cheap, reasonable 3TB internal HDD

It sounds like the best drive for your circumstances is a 3TB Western Digital Green. Normally, I'd never recommend a WD Green because of severe performance issues (the firmware prioritizes power ...
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Difference between 3.5" and 2.5" SAS for home office server

Its extremely unlikely that a NAS or home server's going to be faster than local storage. You're better off getting fast local storage first if external disks are slowing you down. Your file server ...
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Long Time Storage Solution

This is one of the best examples there are of the problem you will face: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Domesday_Book It might be better to ask how you can keep the data alive rather than in ...
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Pick the right HDD for an unknown connector on HP 17-cn0021nr laptop motherboard

Its a standard hard drive - what you're missing is a cable that breaks out the ZIF socket to a regular HDD. The Service manual is a great starting point. You're looking for a Hard drive cable L22526-...
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is it good decision to upgrade to ssd?

My laptop speed is very slow now so I decided to add 128gb SSD to it. ... My friend suggest not to upgrade my laptop to SSD and it will not boost the speed. Your friend might be right if you're just ...
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1TB or more HDD for Playstation 4

Based on personal experience (3 out of 4 failed, purchased several months apart) I recommend to stay away from the hybrid drives, as I will be in the future. A limited sample I know, I could have ...
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1TB or more HDD for Playstation 4

It depends heavily on what you're looking for in the drive; SSDs are faster but ultimately less reliable. SSDs work using electronic circuits and NAND (or NOR) gates to store data. Traditional HDDs ...
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Will switching to SSD improve my write performance?

The answer is simple: yes, switching from HDDs to SSDs is a huge improvement but that depends on the write and read speed of the SSDs themselves. Personally I gave up a 1TB HDD for a 240GBs SSD and ...
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mSata upgrade to install system Envy 15-j108el

Yes, the new drive can replace the existing drive. There are a couple things to note though: The Crucial drive is SATA 3. Newegg says that the drive you have is SATA 2. If you assume that the ...
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Which is more likely to give the bigger performance boost, i5 to i7 or HDD to SSD?

CPU upgrade should raise your PC performance in CPU dependent apllications and games. HDD to SSD upgrade will significantly raise speed of opening/closing OS, running applications or copying files. I ...
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External SATA enclosure for multiple disks

The Mediasonic Probox looks like a good option for you. It can be found here It has support for esata and usb 3.0. It has fairly good cooling with a thermal sensor to automatically change the fan ...
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Which one I should go for, ADATA SP550 120GB vs Samsung EVO 120GB SSD's?

The Samsung is much more durable since all the components are manufactured in house and they have very strict quality control. They are both TLC, but the Samsung has a really good TLC flash chip. The ...
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Is there a low power consuming device with good CPU to be used as a NAS?

Its a bit tricky. There's three elements to your problem and each of this needs to be handled seperately. Data, Power and 'space' Easiest way? USB 3.0 Hard drives. They are typically fast enough for ...
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Quiet 7200rpm hard drive

It's a bit tough finding exact decibel ratings on different hard drives, in general the dbA is not listed under the hard drive's specifications. But I did find one site where sound measurements were ...
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Small and inexpensive drive?

You can find HDD's under $20 on newegg.com : 80 GB - WD800JD - $9.99 on newegg.com WL 160GB - $14.99 on newegg.com
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Seagate Hard Drive RPM

This questions has already been answered but here is concrete information provided from seagate. I also agree with the answer. Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 1.58.13 PM.png
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