by Lyle Smith

TerraMaster F2-221 Review

The TerraMaster F2-221 is a 2-Bay NAS designed for small businesses and the home use such as personal cloud and back up. It is compatible with both 3.5 and 2.5 inch HDDs as well as 2.5 inch SATA SSDs with a maximum capacity of a generous 28TB via two 14GB drives. It also features two USB 3.0 ports and two gigabit LAN ports. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch Review

Seagate has released a new edition to its portable Backup Plus line, this time with the Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch. The drive leverages USB 3.0 but comes with a handy adaptor so it can be used with USB-C as well. The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch comes in both black and white and in either 1TB or 2TB capacities.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Mobile Drive Review

This year at CES, Seagate, and LaCie by extension, announced a new portable HDD, the LaCie Mobile Drive. This new external storage solution has a beautiful diamond cut covering. The LaCie Mobile Drive comes in capacities up to 5TB and leverages a USB-C interface. ​

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron 1300 SSD Announced

Today Micron Technology Inc. announced its latest cost-effective SSD for client use, the Micron 1300 SSD. The 1300 is based off of the company’s prior 1100 SSD series and leverages 96-Tier 3D NAND. The drive has a SATA interface and comes in both 2.5” and M.2 form factor in capacities up to 2TB (for the 2.5” version).

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Unveils 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC Card

Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced what it is calling the world’s fatest 1TB UHS-I microSD card, the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card. The new microSD card has higher capacity and higher performance for capturing and storing larger files. WD is showcasing the memory card at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

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by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: A Software Engineer’s Setup

I am a software engineer with an interest in computer networking and security. The intention for the homelab is for self-learning on computer networking plus the ability to stand up software development environment and infrastructure needed for work related prototype. I also want isolation between work, entertainment, utilities (network printer, NAS) and IoT devices network so VLANs was my answer and hence I got an entry level Edge Router X.

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by Adam Armstrong

Plugable USBC-NVME USB 3.1 Gen 2 NVMe SSD Enclosure Review

While there are a ton of options when it comes to portable storage, there are very few when it comes to portable NVMe. Plugable is offering a good compromise that allows users to take full advantage of NVMe SSD in a portable manner and allows users to choose their drive. The able USBC-NVME Enclosure is small and stylish fitting various M.2 form factors and leverages USB Type C interface.

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by Brian Beeler

Mistakes Were Made: Home Lab Horror Stories

In partnership with /r/homelab we gave away a Synology RS214 recently. The mission was simple, just post an anecdote about that one time you made a mistake in your home lab. There were over 150 replies with stories that ranged from funny to depressing. Below are a few of our and the community's favorites. 

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD Review

Earlier this year, Western Digital announced the second generation in its WD Black line of enthusiasts SSD, the WD SN750 NVMe. The SN750 is an M.2 2280 SSD with the option of a heatsink for longer peak performance, though it will take up more space. The drive is quoted of hitting speeds in the upward of 3.47GB/s read, 3GB/s write with throughput of 515K IOPS read and 560K IOPS write. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS1019+ Review

The latest edition to the Synology Plus line of NAS devices is the Synology DiskStation DS1019+. Typically the name of the device is indicative of how many bays it has plus the model year, in this case 10 bays in 2019-model year. The DS1019+ is a 5 bay NAS but is expandable to 10 bays. The DS1019+ is aimed at SOHO or home users that need some extra performance.

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