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ioSafe SoloPRO and Synology DiskStation 212+ - Disaster-proof Networked Storage

Subject: Storage

ioSafe / Hitachi HDD Benches

For the ioSafe 1TB model, a Hitachi HDD was chosen. Here is the model number as reported to the OS when connected via eSATA:

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Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 JP4OA3EA (1000.2GB)

Connecting via USB gives similar results, but the model reported changes slightly to reflect the alternate link:

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DMI HDS721010CLA332 1.08 (1000.2GB)

With the ioSafe acting as a simple bridge to the internal HDD, there's no need for a full workup, simply a verification of performance. eSATA was linked to our testbed's Promise-based eSATA port. Here are the results:

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...and now for the USB 2.0 link results:

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Performance was on-par with this Hitachi model in any given eSATA / USB 2.0 enclosure, so no surprises here. All was as it should be.

June 7, 2012 | 10:05 AM - Posted by camberry

Woh, that is hardcore.

June 7, 2012 | 10:10 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Indeed!

June 7, 2012 | 11:25 AM - Posted by Chaitanya Shukla (not verified)

I got DS212+ last week, and its a big improvement over my old DS112J. Software support on Synology products is great. Also thanks for the review.

June 7, 2012 | 08:21 PM - Posted by Peter (not verified)

Funny, as I was watching live the PCPer podcast recording on TWiT last week and Allyn alluded to an upcoming review of the Synology 212+, I quite literally was in mid-unboxing of the same unit. It hand me chuckling all night, but it also had me wondering if his considerable storage systems experience with a deep library of benchmarks would parallel to some degree my impressions from solely paper-born research and shallow, hands-on time with any NAS device.

After a week's worth of testing, playing, configuring, and exploring, the 212+ has so far met or exceeded my expectations and looks like a great choice to serve my usage scenario. With two enterprise drives and a voltage regulated UPS, I have high hopes it'll have the legs for a good, long, and uneventful marathon.

Now, having read Allyn's posted review, I'm glad my computer-fu intuition was in keeping with The Sensei's observations.

I, too, keep finding new stuff to do with Synology's firmware. It's highly polished, and nicely documented in clear English within the UI's Help screens -- their website extends it further. One peeve, however. For a product with so many features, here's a case where including a paper manual would have made learning, referencing, and tweaking so much easier and faster than relying on a screen. Weighing in at 168 pages in full 8.5" x 11" glory, that's a lot of screen-time for a PDF manual; or, a horribly expensive Color print job. I settled for black & white.

So hereto now, the missing paper manual for the NAS is for me, the only 'gotcha' in an otherwise excellent first week.

Thanks for the review Allyn. Great stuff.

ps - was kinda hoping you were gonna put the ioSafe through the PCPer paces, you know, give it a benchmark pounding -- by which I mean, dropping the drive on the bench and measuring the mark.

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