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Norco ITX-S4 – Review and Build

Our Norco ITX-S4 review with an example build to show off what is possible for a NAS/ HTPC

The Big WHS: February 2011 Update

It has been a long time since I have posted about The Big WHS. At the last update in May 2010, the machine occupied...

First Look: Norco 2U and 4U JBOD and SAS Expander Chassis...

Norco is a server case manufacturer that is very popular with home build enthusiasts as they provide inexpensive means to house large quantities of...

120mm Fan Partition for Norco RPC-4220 and RPC-4020

Norco has a reputation for providing inexpensive server rackmount cases that are oftentimes good enough for many home and small business applications. Being server...

Mid-range DIY Storage Server Buyer’s Guide, December 2010

Having recently published the high-end home/ small business December 2010 buyer’s guide, I received a lot of feedback requesting items for the mid and...

High-End DIY Storage Server Buyer’s Guide, December 2010

A constant question I am asked is what is a good NAS build for various usage scenarios. Based largely on my experiences with things...

Supermicro X8ST3-F Motherboard Review

My main server, the Big WHS now houses over 60TB of storage, runs multiple VM's, and has over 10 Gigabit NICs. At the heart...

Patriot PS-100 Benchmark Update New Firmware v3.000

The Patriot PS-100 32GB continues to be a very low cost SSD after rebates. I purchased two of the drives early on and did...

Intel Xeon X3440 for the Windows Home Server Mini-Review

As a follow-on to the Supermicro X8SIL-F review, I had some interest in seeing power consumption figures for the CPU's involved. I have already...

SAS Expanders, Build Your Own JBOD DAS Enclosure and Save –...

After completing the first DAS/ SAS Expander JBOD enclosure project I realized that there was a major area of improvement. Using less than 30%...