Mirrored Boot Drives on FreeNAS

Creating a mirrored boot device in FreeNAS is well documented. I’d personally encourage and recommend having redundant boot devices on home or small business FreeNAS system for a couple of reasons: As the FreeNAS operating system typically resides on low-cost USB sticks, mirroring FreeNAS boot drives is inexpensive; and It eliminates the boot device being …
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Give a Sluggish Laptop or Desktop a New Lease of Life.

Background I have a Samsung notebook with 8GB RAM, i7 processor and 1TB HDD running Windows 10. With those basic specs, you might think that the machine would perform reasonably well, Nothing could be further from the truth. The machine ran like a dog Investigation A closer look suggested that the system disk appeared to …
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SANDISK Flash Drive Review

Having just done a review of the EMTEC USB3 128GB flash drive, I was inspired to go on and check the performance of a range of Sandisk flash drives I own. The disk benchmarking software I use for the comparisons is CrystalDiskMark.¬†For reference, I’ve used Officeworks pricing. I suspect better pricing is available if you’re …
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EMTEC USB3 128GB Flash Drive Review – Cheap, but not cheerful.

A USB3 128 GB USB stick for under AUS$50! I bought one last week. Too good to be true? It was. Don’t waste your money on this. In use, it seemed very sluggish. I thought to myself ‘Something’s not right’. I decided to investigate further. Running Crystal Disk Mark benchmarking software on the drive, what …
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