Category: Storage

Western Digital My Passport SSD

WD My Passport SSD is a portable SSD from Western Digital that was released back in August 2020 as part of the My Passport series.

It is available in four capacities, 500GB (S$189), 1TB (S$329), 2TB (S$599), and 4TB (S$1,099).

WD My Passport SSD - Box Front
WD My Passport SSD – Box Front

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Synology SNV3000 Series NVMe M.2 SSD

Synology started out having its own brand of RAM for as long as I can remember. I covered them back in 2017. After that they went on to have its own brand of M.2 NVMe SSD (SNV3000), SATA SSD (SAT5200), and SATA HDD (HAT5300).

One of the reasons Synology introduces their own lineup of SSD and HDD is for compatibility. The SSD and HDD are optimized for use with their own Synology NAS with customized firmware. Also, when things go wrong, the users don’t need to contact different vendors. They can bring it all back to Synology.

Synology SNV3400-400G - Box Front
Synology SNV3400-400G – Box Front

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Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Hard Storage Case

Recently, I have dismantled my Western Digital Elements Desktop 1TB and Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB to remove the hard drives inside as USB2.0 is way too slow for file transfer.

Once I have the internal hard drives, I can use them with my Vantec NexStar SATA/IDE to USB 3.0 Adapter to get better transfer speeds.

HDD Hard Storage Case - Packaging
HDD Hard Storage Case – Packaging

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ASUSTOR Lockerstor 4 (AS6604T) Review

When I think of NAS, there are always three brands that came to my mind. Synology, QNAP, and ASUSTOR. All three brands are from Taiwan. I reviewed Synology NAS many times and did my first QNAP NAS review in December.

To complete the trilogy, I have with me the Asustor Lockerstor 4 (AS6604T) which is equivalent to the Synology DS920+ and QNAP TS-453D. All three models are 4-bay NAS, powered by Intel Celeron J4125 and comes with 4GB of DDR4 ram. Intel J4125 is a 4-core 2.0 GHz (burstable to 2.7 GHz) processor.

ASUSTOR AS6604T - Box Front
ASUSTOR AS6604T – Box Front

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QNAP TS-453D Review

My second NAS 10 years ago was a decision between Synology NAS and QNAP NAS. In the end, I chose Synology. I can’t remember the reason why. Throughout all these years, I have been sticking with Synology NAS.

QNAP contacted me and wanted to hear my thoughts on the QNAP TS-453D against the Synology DiskStation DS920+, so they sent me the QNAP TS-453D.

QNAP TS453D - Box
QNAP TS453D – Box

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Migrating From Existing Synology DiskStation to Synology DiskStation DS920+

Synology DiskStation DS920+ is the highest end 4-bay NAS of the new Synology 2020 Plus series. Other models in the series include the DS420+ (4-bay), DS720+ (2-bay), and DS220+ (2-bay).

DS920+ has an Intel Celeron J4125 with 4GB of DDR4 ram. Intel J4125 is a 4-core 2.0 GHz (burstable to 2.7 GHz) processor.

Synology DiskStation DS920+ - Box
Synology DiskStation DS920+ – Box

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Using Synology Drive With Synology DiskStation DS220j

Synology DiskStation DS220j is an entry-level NAS from Synology targeting at users who wish to give Synology NAS a try or are new to the NAS world.

Ten years ago, I decided to switch to Synology DiskStation DS210j from D-Link DNS-323 and I have never looked back since.

Synology DiskStation DS220j vs Synology DiskStation DS210j
Synology DiskStation DS220j vs Synology DiskStation DS210j

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