Home Gadget Geeks

Digging into the Modern Hard Drive, Three Tier Hard Drive Set Up, Tools and Deals – HT127

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) and Kevin Schoonover (@schoondoggy1979) for Home Tech episode #127 What is the status of the modern hard drive?  We will cover what we own, how we fix them, SSD v Spinners, WD Reds v Greens, do faster drives matter, where we buy them, tools to work with them and how they are constructed. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Instructions for installing SSDs: Drive reliability studies; #8230; #8230; #8230; price tracking: WD 2TB Black WD RED 3TB Deals Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Deal-of-the-Week

TAG Tech Deal of the Week–Build your own RAID 5-0 box

For those of you who can never get enough storage at home, this weeks’ Deal of the Week may be for #160; The Intel RAID SAS/SATA Controller Card from allows you to build a RAID array in every combination you care to think #160; Not the cheapest deal we’ve ever bought you, but definitely a useful one! Match this card up with some SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB hard disks from , and the sky’s the limit for your new storage array.
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Rich

#2 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: RAID, UnRAID, Wuala, HTPC’s and Streaming Media

Listen now: Audio Only Play / pause 1x 2x 0:00 0:00 0:00 volume #2 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: RAID, UnRAID, Wuala, HTPC’s and Streaming Media iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSAudioboomSpreakerOther Options Subscribe to the TAG Weekly Update (Be in the know!) Come On! You know you want to! Download episode right-click > Save target/link as… From the Guys who brought you the Home Tech Podcast, and a production of the Average Guy Network, Rich’s RPG is a weekly show about the world of technology hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil. Using Google+ hangout to meet up with technology guys and gals, they discuss whatever is hot, current or frustrating them at the moment. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. This week, Rich and Jim are joined once again by Mike Howard ofjpeg2RAW fame. Rich and Mike talk about general RAID configurations, settings and hardware that they use with their respective home servers. Rich, new to RAID, is using a HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 in his Windows Home Server 2011 machine, while Mike uses a SuperMicro SATA card in his UnRAID server. What is UnRAID, you ask? From the Lime Tech web site: “unRAID Server is an embedded Network Attached Storage server Operating System designed to boot from a USB Flash device and specifically designed for digital media storage.” Basically, UnRAID does not stripe the parity of an array across all drives as a RAID5 does, but rather assigns one fixed drive as the parity drive. It also does not stripe data across the drives as RAID5 does, but rather writes files in their entirety to a single drive which is NTFS formatted and easily readable on any system. The down side of UnRAID is that the performance (the writes, anyway) is lower than a single drive’s. This is because parity calculations are being done at the same time. Overall, though, UnRAID is a pretty robust storage solution. Ever thought about backing up to the cloud but hesitate because of the cost of online storage? Jim and Mike talk about using Wuala to create a free backup network using your friends’ PC’s. If you’ve ever been watching Netflix and had Windows updates break in on the movie, you understand that an HTPC and Windows Updates do not mix. Rich tries to convince Jim to shut off Windows Updates, along with other app updates such as Flash. If you don’t use your HTPC to browse the Internet, and most people, Rich suggests managing updates manually or skipping them altogether. This’ll put an end to annoying interruptions and increase WAF. In the show this week: Mike Howard, Jim Collison, RIch O’Neil Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at If you have a product or a topic you would like us to discuss, please tag your articles in Delicious using the tag “TheAverageGuy”. Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Intro and Exit Music used by permission from “"In the Shadow Of The Great Machine” by Fool’s Chaos. Hear more great tunes at Fool’s Chaos
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Home Gadget Geeks

SSD Drives, RAID, UNRAID, Apple, Android and Windows Phone 7, Rich’s Random Podcast Generator Beta – HT037

One weekend, Rich O’Neil (and some of tech guys that hang around the Home Server Show Podcast) thought, “what would happen if we just recorded some of the conversations we have around our tech stuff?”  The result was this podcast that we recorded on July #160; Rich’s Random Podcast Generator was born!  Interested in your feedback. We used Google+ Hangout to record the #160; If this project is successful, we will try it again on it’s very own RSS feed! We chatted about SSD Drives, RAID, UNRAID, problems with Apple, Android and Windows Phone 7 and much, much more. Listen Mobile: Here are some links for the show: ;Tpk=yeti%20blue ;ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&_lwgsi=y #entry23868 , Thanks to those who joined us on the podcast – John Zajdler, Bill Paulmenn, Mike Howard and Mike Faucher Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network
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BYOB Podcast

BYOB (Build Your Own Box) Live! – Show 2

The boys of BYOB were again LIVE at #160; A variety of discussions from video cards to #160; Enjoy the recording of our second live show recorded on  December #160; A special thanks to all those who where able to join us and hope that everyone will be able to join us in our next live show shortly after #160; As always, feel free to contact us as we love to hear from #160; Hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for announcements on our next live show. Listen to the show at Don’t forget, you can get all those thinks you missed at Christmas at #160; Click the link below.
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BYOB Podcast

The BYOB (Build Your Own Box) Podcast #26

They guys over at BYOB are at it again!  This week, they talk USB Thumb Drive, GT 240 Deal, Hardware RAID Controller, and Michaels #160; They cover some varying topics today starting with some first impressions of USB from Tim as well as his GT 240 #160; They also cover part two of DE alternatives and talk a bit about hardware RAID, and discuss Michael’s VM #160; Hope you enjoy the show and as always we look forward to hearing from #160; Happy Holidays to everyone and we hope everyone gets Newegg gift certificates so you can BYOB You can listen to the show at
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BYOB Podcast

The BYOB (Build Your Own Box) Podcast #25

Doc’s RAID 5, Tim has a bad memory? AMD 1100T, AMD 69xx series release date, GTX 570 is #160; This week we talk about some new products and spend some time discussing Software RAID as part of a ongoing quest for mass storage to fill the gap created by the removal of #160; Hope you enjoy the podcast and remember to join us for the BYOB live show on December 18th at 11am #160; Bring your questions and hope to see your there. Listen to the Podcast at  
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