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Iomega StorCenter px6-300d Network Storage Reviewed

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StorCenter px6-300d Network Storage
At a glance
ProductIomega 70BG9011NA StorCenter px6-300d Network Storage   [Website]
SummarySix bay D525 Atom based NAS with cloud backup and sharing features
Pros• Supports backup to cloud, rsync and SMB targets
• USB 3.0
• Three year warranty
Cons• Disappointing performance for a D525 based NAS

Typical Price: $2120  Compare Prices  Check Amazon

Overview

Updated 12/29/2012: Corrected inside information

Iomega has been slowly working through a revamp of its entire NAS line, updating processors, expanding features and adding cloud connectivity. The three Intel based newbies announced in May have started to ship and so it is that the six-bay StorCenter px6-300d has made its way onto the SmallNetBuilder test bench.

As its name implies, the px6-300d is a six bay NAS. This makes it the next-to-most capacious box in Iomega's current line, with the twelve bay rackmount ix12-300r at the top.

The six hot-swappable drives mount in unlockable trays behind a similarly unlockable plastic front cover (Figure 1). Although Iomega doesn't spec support for 2.5" drives, there are mounting holes for them, or more specifically, Iomega's optional 2.5" SSDs (Micro RealSSD C400's).

Iomega px6-300d front open

Figure 1: Iomega px6-300d front open

The px6 and its four-bay desktop px4-300d and four-bay rackmount px4-300r siblings are the first Iomega NASes that can be ordered without drives. This is good news for folks who like to select their own drives or don't like sending drives back with sick NASes.

So far, however, the pickin's are kind of slim for Iomega approved drives, with only two drives each approved from Hitachi, Seagate and WD and only one 3TB drive (Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723030ALA640) on the list. The 12 TB configuration Iomega sent for review (model 35096) was populated with six Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB (HDS723020BLA642) drives.

The rear panel view in Figure 2 is uncrowded with only DC power, two USB 2.0 and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. The px6-300d doesn't have eSATA ports, but there is one USB 3.0 port on the front.

Iomega px6-300d rear

Figure 2: Iomega px6-300d rear
Updated 12/29/2012:

Although the removable card slot panel up near the top looks intriguing, there is nothing but empty space behind it.

The removable card slot has a PCIe x4 connector on the main board to support it. But Iomega hasn't announced any options to insert into it.

Inside

The chassis cover slides easily off after removing three screws. The internal shots in the gallery show plenty of room inside—no surprise since the power supply is external. The relatively small board (Figure 3) was easily removed, but I wasn't able to get the funky little flat cable connector that connected the front LCD panel and buttons reattached (sorry Iomega!)

If I'm to believe the board markings, the Intel D525 Atom is under the fanned heatsink and its companion device is under the other heatsink. I didn't remove the heatsink and Iomega didn't have SSH or telnet enabled, so I don't know what the other device is.

Iomega px6-300d board

Figure 3: Iomega px6-300d board

All the other devices were easily identified starting with a socketed 2 GB SoDIMM. I asked Iomega whether more RAM could be added to the second, empty socket without voiding warranty. The exact response was "we don't formally support this currently, but the hardware is capable".

Other key devices are two Realtek RTL8111e PCIe Gigabit Ethernet controllers, 1 MB of Samsung K9K8G08U0B flash, a Fresco Logic FL1000G providing the single USB 3.0 port and Fintek F71808E handling miscellaneous I/O.

As noted above, the review unit came with six Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB (HDS723020BLA642) drives installed, which brought the total power consumption to 56 W. Programmable idle drive spindown knocked that down to only 24 W.

It's hard for a six bay NAS to be silent, and the px6 is no exception. Fan noise was low, but I could clearly hear the drives spinning away in my quiet home office. So I'd rate noise as medium low.




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Loaded with features

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Reviewed by Kevin nash
October 12, 2011
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I realized one thing about Iomega StorCenter px6-300d NAS device, it is not for beginners. The device is meant for small or medium office use. There are lot of technicalities involved which installing the device and it is not possible for a non-IT professional to setup the device. The greatest challenge lies in choosing the right drive for the bays.

Iomega offers a list of drives that are suitable for this particular product and go by their recommendation to avoid wasting time and money. I installed four SATA drives though the device supports SSDs as well. The dual core Intel Atom processor 1.8 GHz and 2GB RAM is the heart of the px6. The NAS device also supports Gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB ports of which 1 is a USB 3.0 port and 2 are USB 2.0 ports. Once the device is setup it works like a champ.

 

Slow, but Great Features... if you can get it to work.

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Reviewed by Jeff Rance, II
September 01, 2011
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I was in the market to purchase a NAS and after a lot of research was planning on purchasing the Synology DS1511+, but at the last minute received an e-mail with the Iomega StorCenter px6-300d on sale marked down considerably from the $1,149.99 Retail Price Tag.

When I did some investigating, several reviews commented on the performance being less than optimal, but mentioned the feature set was quite extensive. After reviewing the Iomega website and learning about their “Personal Cloud” and some other cool features not included on the Synology DS1511+ (such as a USB 3.0 connection and 2GB of RAM), I made the decision to go with this Iomega px6-300d, excited at the possibilities.

Upon the devices arrival, I unpacked it to find a one page (in English) manual/Installation Guide. Not bothered terribly by this – being the nerd I am – I delved into installing Hard Drives, upgrading the 2nd (unused) SODIMM RAM slot with another PC3-10600 2GB chip, and plugging it all in after installing the Iomega Storage Manager downloaded from Iomega.com. The device took about 5 minutes to boot up, but once it was rolling I was very delighted with how easy it was to use their web-based interface.

After configuring all the device properties, I noticed that the additional 2GB RAM chip I had installed did not recognize; a little disappointing, but not a big deal. After removing the additional RAM chip, I attempted to create what they term a “Storage Pool” that would utilize the four (4) hard drives that I had installed (2x Western Digital 500GB 7.2k RPM and 2x Western Digital 400GB 7.2k RPM).

I was disappointed to find that unlike the previous device I used that allowed me to create a RAID 5 Array using these discs, I had to use identical Manufacturer/Make/Model/Speed/Size Drives to make a Storage Pool. I attempted to create a RAID 0 configuration just between like drives, and it popped up with “Error” and no description, just an “Ok” button. I then attempted to just create a JBOD setup, when I was met with the same problem.

Upon calling into Iomega Technical Support (they DO speak English as a 1st language which was a plus), I was informed that I actually needed different Hard Drives because the ones I was using we not supported – go figure… they we like 2-3 yrs old. Anywho, they let me know that the 1TB Seagate Barracuda was tested/certified to work with this system and I really needed to go drop the cash to purchase those for it to work best.

A little irritated, I picked up six (6) brand new Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drives. After opening and installing them all, I turned on the NAS and waited over an hour for it to boot before again calling Tech Support. I was then told to hard reset the system (via a pinhole button on the back) and unplug all the hard drives, then boot it. I did this and it took 3-4 minutes to boot before asking me to install the drives. I hot-plugged in all six drives and the system recognized them. All seemed wonderful now… right? Nope, after attempting to create a RAID 6 array (and subsequently any other type of configuration) I received the same Error message with no description. Talk about getting irritated.

So then the Iomega technician proceeds to ask me to read off the full model number on the Seagate boxes, to which I responded “ST31000528AS”. He then told me that they do not support those drives. More than a little perturbed, I mentioned that the previous technician said they were approved, to which he replied that the model number they needed was actually “ST31000520AS”; the difference was I had the 7.2k RPM Drives and they only tested the 5.9k RPM Drives. Furthermore, they do not support ANY 7.2k RPM 1TB Drive (only the 2TB and 3TB 7.2k RPM Hitachi Deskstars are approved for use).

Wow. So after wasting a full 2-3 days messing with this, I find that the only hard drives they support are not only very expensive, but also very hard to find locally (I’m in the Dallas Metroplex, so there are a lot of places to check). Last I heard, the Tier 3 Technician with whom I spoke submitted this case to their development team and it may or may not ever be resolved. What use is a NAS that only supports 6 exact model number hard drives of the hundreds out there? Why offer the system as Diskless at all?

Let me conclude by saying that this has put a VERY bad taste in my mouth about Iomega and this product. If you DO decide to purchase this NAS, BE SURE that you ONLY USE the EXACT Hard Drives they list as specifically APPROVED. Also, ALL DRIVES MUST BE IDENTICAL (ie. 6x same Manufacturer/Make/Model #/Speed/Size). I hope you have found this review helpful.