Category: Back Up / Storage

Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD Install and Performance Specs

So last weekend I put and Mushkin Enhanced Chronos (MKNSSDCR120GB) 120GB SSD ($150) in my personal PC here at home and saw some amazing results.  I posted about it here.  Later that weekend, I was talking to the Worship Guy at our church and he had seen the post as ask if I thought an SSD drive could speed up the PC the church uses for video production.  It is a Dell XPS 630i with (Core 2 Duo Quad Core, E8200, 2.66, 6MB Wolfdale, 65W) but came into our hands with a 500GB OS spinning drive and just 3GB of

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Jim’s Search / WHS 2011 with Drobo S

I am looking for a small form factor PC or case to pair with a Drobo S. The Drobo dimensions are 10.3" x 7.3" x 5.9" and of course you can find pictures over at drobo.com. I want the PC to either be a stand for the Drobo or sit on top of it and look like they should be paired together. It needs to have USB 3.0 or eSATA, powerful enough to run WHS 2011, have room for an internal drive of at least 120GB and be fairly power efficient. It also cannot be a million dollars. The discussion

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Drobo Dashboard 2.0 Continued: Tools, Drobo Copy, Dashboard Preferences and Some Final Thoughts

I have been reviewing a Drobo in some form or fashion since December 2010.  Some reviews over at the Home Server Show and some here at the Average Guy.  The first part of this review can be found at Drobo Has a New Dashboard! Welcome Version 2.0 with a Drobo S and 5 Drives  In recent months, Drobo has released a new version of their dashboard (v2.0.3 updated for this review) for both their consumer and enterprise products.  For a company that is taking steps in the right direction when it comes to back up hardware, this software upgrade replaces

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Store Your Music in the Cloud? Installing the Amazon Cloud Player Uploader and get 5GB Free with 20GB after purchase.

Weeks ago, Amazon announced that it would begin to provide 5GB of cloud storage for Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos.  In its most practical application with the online storage of music, Amazon has now released a Windows Uploader that will allow you to easily upload multiple music files and folders to the cloud.  It does require an Amazon account, which is free.  You can sign up for an account here. Even better is the offer to up your storage to 20GB per year with the purchase of one mp3 album.  Now your music, both that which you have purchased (in

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Secure Data Deletion for the Average User

– by Rich O’Neil There’s been a lot of talk about secure deletion of data from a hard drive. How do you ensure that no one will ever read your personal data once you’ve decided to dispose of or repurpose a hard drive?  Maybe you want to hand down a hard drive to your kids but want to guard against them grabbing one of the many freely available data recovery utilities on the internet and taking a crack at your data. How do you deal with that? Are You Sure It Has Been Deleted? Everyone has their own idea about

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ioSafe Solo 1.5TB External Hard Drive Deal–$219 at RadioShack

I’ve talked about the ioSafe Solo many times at the HomeServerShow.com podcast.  The ioSafe Solo is a external enclosure that is both fire and water proof.  Pretty handy if you want to protect your data from a fire or flood in your home.  I don’t know about you, but a good majority of my computer equipment is in the basement and near the floor.  Since I live on a hill, I’m not too worried about flooding.  But, if the house caught fire, between the heat of the fire and the water it would take to put it out, I would

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