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Here’s human ingenuity in practice: The Black Dwarf is a custom-built NAS (Network Attached Storage) that combines a staggering 16TB of HDD space with a 1.66GHz Atom N270 CPU within an enclosure composed of steel, aluminum and Lexan. Will Urbina invented the device to help with his video editing work, and he achieved something that’s almost as fast as a SSD while utilizing the cheaper prices of HDDs. The beast has write speeds of 88MB/s and read speeds of 266MB/s. Most impressive. And best of all, you can check out the embedded videos to see him the build the entire thing.

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Chris Gullo