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Compact, Efficient, Easy to use
Pros: Compact and stylish housing.
Cons: ARM CPU, look its very powerful for the electricity it uses, but its still an ARM chip. The big downside is that a few of the QPKG plugins I intended to run on this server are X86 compatible only. If you intend to run PS3 Media Server or any plugin check the CPU type compatibility before your purchase.
Other Thoughts: All in all I consider this a very worthwhile purchase. I got the expanded storage I needed for my media collection and backup needs, and the price was right. It looks great sitting between my two desktop / workstation machines, and its able to meet my data transfer demands.
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Pros: Works great, does all I need
Cons: HDD sleep mode with latest firmware. Take some tweaking to get the HDD to go to sleep. With the latest firmware, but I'm pretty sure they'll have it figured out soon.
Other Thoughts: For the price, you can't beat it.
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Good hardware but questionable software
Pros: reasonable price, good performance, many features, low powered and quiet.
Cons: QNAP firmware update issues.
Other Thoughts: Running 4 x 2TB Hitachi disks in RAID5. Sustained writes around 28MBps and reads around 67MBps.
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Pros: Flawless integration into Windows networking and Apple Time Machine. Setup of a 3-disk RAID 5 plus a hot spare was almost too easy. Stable as anything I have ever seen. After a 17-hour sustained write followed by a 14-hour sustained read, the box performed flawlessly. It never dropped connectivity, crashed, or even slowed down.
Cons: 25MB/s sustained writes with AFP/Time Machine, 30MB/s sustained reads with AFP/Time Machine. Windows file sharing is a bit faster at 40MB/s write, 50MB/s read. All in all, an OK speed for the price, and perfectly OK for a backup device. It would be awful as a production-level or HD video editing device.
Other Thoughts: 2-3TB drives take an extremely long time to format and build arrays. It is not a shortcoming of the NAS. It is a matter of the fact that a 3TB drive writing a full format at 100-150MB/s will take several hours no matter what device is doing the format. Format the drives, and walk away for 4-6 hours. Configure the array, then come back 12 hours later.
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“Flawless integration into Windows networking and Apple Time Machine. Setup of a 3-disk RAID 5 plus a hot spare was almost ...”— Slash-2CPU 4/28/2011
“reasonable price, good performance, many features, low powered and quiet.”— Dan 5/9/2011