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RAID beware: All hard drives are not created equal.
Pros: See other thoughts
Cons: See other thoughts
Other Thoughts: A point to be made to users complaining about constant rebuilds, in particular the person using WD Greens: Not all hard drives are designed to work in a RAID situation. WD Greens are particularly known for poor performance. The problem is they lack a feature WD calls Time-Limited Error Recovery (TLER), other manufacturers have a similar feature under a different name. This feature restricts that amount of time a drive tries to spend recovering from a read error. If the drive spends too long dealing with a read/write error, the raid controller will thing the drive has failed and drop it from the array. More enterprise level drives like the Western Digital Caviar RE's do much better as they have this feature.
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Pros: Easy Setup.
Cons: Poor error reporting, it would have saved me a lot of trouble if I had gotten some indication of what was going on instead of just locking up or telling me the volume was crashed.
Other Thoughts: Once the drives issue was figured out, seems stable although still a bit slow on the volume creation functions.
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Pros: Looks good, matches main unit well
Cons: Piece of junk.
Other Thoughts: So far I'm not impressed at all with this unit. I Suggest simply buying a larger main unit to begin with. Being able to add storage on later is a nice idea but poor execution in this case
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Way too easy!!!
Pros: Basically plug and play...plug in the esata cable and go to the management software and set it up. Put in 5 WD RE4 2 TB and in a few hours it all set up. Used this to expand a 1812+ 8 bay nas by synology.
Cons: none so far
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“See other thoughts”— 12/30/2012
“Basically plug and play...plug in the esata cable and go to the management software and set it up. Put in 5 WD RE4 2 TB and ...”— pitbill 10/22/2012