Archive for November, 2010

Vail Abandons Drive Extender V2 – An Opportunity for Microsoft, I Hope

As many people have seen, the Windows Home Server team stated that Microsoft is abandoning Drive Extender V2 in Vail. Many are crying foul and have even started to petition Microsoft to bring the new Drive Extender back which c...


ASUS P7F-E Server Motherboard Review

ASUS is known for a fairly solid set of workstation and server motherboards. Like many vendors, ASUS uses Intel NICs on its server motherboards, and there are options ranging from IPMI 2.0 with KVM-over-IP to SAS connectivity. ...



Intel ICH10R: 660MB/s SATA Limit Fact or Fiction?

One recent contact form question was regarding the alleged 660MB/s limitation on the Intel ICH10R chipset (also known as the 82801JR I/O controller), especially in conjunction with X58 based chipsets which currently represent t...


Windows Dynamic Disk RAID 0 versus Intel ICH10R RAID 0 with Intel X25-M G2 80GB

Recently, I updated the benchmark numbers on this site to include an Intel X25-M G2 80GB but alluded to having two drives free. Instead of doing a “standard” X25-M G2 80GB in RAID 0 piece, I decided to look at somet...



Hitachi Releases Specs of 3TB 7,200rpm and 5,200rpm drives

Hitachi has released specs of its new 7,200rpm Deskstar 7K3000 series as well as a new 5,200rpm Deskstar 5K3000 series of hard drives with capacities up to 3TB. Hitachi has been a favored drive make for my personal systems for ...


Intel X25-M G2 80GB SATA II 2.5″ Review

Although Intel will be releasing the X25-M G3 SSDs in the next few months, I get asked frequently to provide some X25-M G2 numbers for comparison with the other SSD benchmarks on this site. As I am currently working on a new NA...



Supermicro X8SI6-F Motherboard Review Including Onboard LSI SAS 2008 Controller

Oftentimes those building their own small business and home storage servers are looking to save considerable amounts of money. In the process, users oftentimes look to the lowest cost motherboard they can find, with the wisdom ...


IPMI Remote Reboot Upon Kernel Panic – Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and WHS

Over the weekend I experienced an oddly inaccessible network share on a Windows Home Server instance running in Hyper-V using Windows Server 2008 R2. Unfortunately I was not at my desk at the time but did have 3G access and a l...



ADATA S599 64GB Sandforce SSD SATA II 2.5″ Review

One of the most annoying things in SSDs these days is the fact that virtually every manufacturer uses mail-in rebates to make their SSDs appear more affordable. The ADATA S599 64GB is based on the Sandforce SF-1222 controller l...


Mesa ZFS Web Interface Benchmark/ Stress Test 0.1.7-Preview2

This preview release has all the functionality of the first preview (0.1.7-preview), but in addition has the following changes: The Mesa ZFS Web Interface/ ZFSguru benchmark has been recently updated since my last post on the M...