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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

NAS Installation & Setup for Galaxy MGB-RAID Pro

After a week long business trip back east, I arrived home and my Seagate Barracuda 500GB hard drives had arrived in the mail. That means that it was time for me to crack open the box to my Galaxy MGB RAID Pro and take it for a test drive. It was great to finally be able to use it after it sat in the box empty for a week waiting for the drives to arrive.

Picture of Galaxy NAS MGB-RAID Pro and two Seagate 500GB hard disk drives
Above, you can see a picture of the Galaxy MGB RAID Pro with my two 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA drives that support 3.0Gb/s (ST3500630AS). My intention is to run both of these drives in the Network Attached Storage (NAS) device in a RAID 1 configuration, giving me two copies of the backup data in case one of the drives failed.

My initial aesthetic impression of the Galaxy MGB RAID Pro device was that it was a relatively solid device. The case seemed very rigid, the ports did not look ‘mom and pop’ and faceplate on the front with the fan in the back should provide adequate circulation to keep the drives from running too hot. While the case seemed to get ‘streaks’ on it easily that appeared like scratches, they wiped of very easily. Now on to the installation.

One way I like to determine whether or not a product is put together well is the instruction manual. If I do not have to use it, the product is a pretty intuitive one. As a typical ‘guy’ I think I can “assemble” most items without needing to consult the manual. If figured I could have the same luck with the Galaxy MGB RAID Pro.

Here is my experience with assembling and installing the hard disk drives in the Galaxy NAS device:

1. The Galaxy MGB RAID PRO NAS and the Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA disk drives are out of their box and ready for the installation.

The Galaxy MGB RAID PRO NAS and the Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM SATA disk drives are out of their box and ready for the installation.
2. The Galaxy NAS ships with only two screws tightened to hold the case together. I went ahead and removed the two screws.

The Galaxy NAS ships with only two screws tightened to hold the case together.  I went ahead and removed the two screws.
3. Just push slightly on the front of the Galaxy MGB RAID Pro and the cover separates from the case and slides out.

Just push slightly on the front of the Galaxy MGB RAID Pro and the cover separates from the case and slides out.
4. A great look inside the NAS device. A board, a fan, a heat sensor, a power supply and some cables.

A great look inside the NAS device.  A board, a fan, a heat sensor, a power supply and some cables.
5. The first drive went into the NAS easily with screws that came in the bag along with some nice shock absorbers on the side. It is a tight fit with the SATA and power cables, so be sure to attach the cables before you drop the drive down. Then just attach the heat sensor with the provided tape and drop in the second drive. Easy!

The first drive went into the NAS easily with screws that came in the bag along with some nice shock absorbers on the side.  It is a tight fit with the SATA and power cables, so be sure to attach the cables before you drop the drive down.  Then just attach the heat sensor with the provided tape and drop in the second drive.  Easy!
6. Reassemble the case, attach with all four screws (the additional two are located in the bag) and power the device up. You are ready to go!

Reassemble the case, attach with all four screws (the additional two are located in the bag) and power the device up.  You are ready to go!
In all, the assembly of the Galaxy device with the hard drives was a relatively easy and intuitive process. Yes, it is tight with the cabling and the SATA cables themselves seem to be about a 1/2" shorter than I would prefer. However, in total -- it took me less than to minutes to get the Galaxy MGB RAID Pro NAS and my Seagate 7200.10 SATA 500GB drives installed.

The question is, did it work? Find out in an upcoming post.


Update: My MGB Raid Pro just died after only 13 months. Click here to read more.

Other devices I considered (in this post) but did not choose:
LINKSYS NAS200
Thecus N2050BD
D-Link DNS-323
SANS DIGITAL MN2L
ZYXEL NSA-220
NETGEAR SC101T

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