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BUFFALO HD-HG300LAN 300GB Network Hard Drive

  • 300GB
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Kevin T.
  • 8/9/2006 11:33:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: Very simple to configure and use. I bought it to replace an actual server, since I didn't really need it except as a file server. Kudos to Buffalo for making a very simple and intuitive web based GUI. Print server works very well with my HP LJ1012. File xfer speeds are excellent and very responsive. I can't rave enough about the "suspend" feature: set a time for the device to "sleep" (at midnight for me) and a time for it "wake up" (early morning). This is a great power-saving feature.

Cons: Not really a con, but the built in fan is small, and therefore a bit louder than a larger fan. I'm sensitive to fan noise, so I notice it, but it's tucked away in a closet, and I don't notice it anymore.

Other Thoughts: Truly a simple and robust device. I wish I'd known about it earlier. If you're having any doubts about buying one, don't. I didn't use the included CD since I know my way around DHCP, but once you're in the web GUI, it's SO simple to set up...

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/26/2006 11:51:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Right out of the box, plug, turn on, configure preferences and it's all set. The print server is excelent as well.

Cons: The configuration software is useless, couldn't detect the device at all. I went straight to the router DHCP field, read the IP assigned to the NAS and configured it using the web based configuration.

Other Thoughts: Once again NewEgg did very well. I have no question, it's my first option for online shopping.

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  • Robin R.
  • 6/29/2006 4:53:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGigabit Transfer is Great

Pros: Seems fairly well put together
High transfer rates

Cons: Couldn't get DHCP to work - DHCP server issued IP address but the unit was listing the default IP and it took a while to get this issue resolved

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  • Aaron T.
  • 6/26/2006 8:34:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood product

Pros: Large capacity, expandable, easy to configure and use, reliable, good online documentation, doesn't take up much space at all.

Cons: A bit slow. Network printing support is intended for laser printers; most inkjets are not supported.

Other Thoughts: It's a bit pricey, but you're paying for the features and convenience here... and this is more convenient in many ways than most things you could put together yourself. I'm glad I bought it.

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  • Richard L.
  • 6/15/2006 5:06:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat addition to a LAN

Pros: Gigabit capable, easy setup, high value storage/dollar. Intuitive setup via browser.

Cons: Bundled S/W rather lame - why not License Acronis 9.x OEM and bundle. Charge me $40 more & I am a happy camper.

Other Thoughts: Future compatibility with media streaming spec a plus.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/1/2006 3:46:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWish I Was Told

Pros: worked right out of the box. 278GB. I would say this drive is pretty quiet.

Cons: for anybody out there that has file names that are longer than 32 characters this drive is not for you. I have a MAC so I'am used to having no limit on my file names. I contacted there support and they say there is nothing I can do but but shorten all my file names. this is no good for me so I am returning this drive.

Other Thoughts: the only reason for the bad rating is the file name limits.

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  • Graeme R.
  • 4/5/2006 7:28:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised, but noisy

Pros: Plug and play, works out the box with Mac and Windows. Transfer speeds are pretty good - seem to be disk bound rather than network.

Cons: This is advertised as having a 'silent internal fan', but its easily the noisiest device in my setup. Admittedly I've spent a fair bit on quiet components.

Web interface is a bit clunky.

Other Thoughts: Seems a reasonable purchase.

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  • Carsten H.
  • 2/28/2006 6:07:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood for network storage

Pros: As always before you connect a new network component, connect the network cable to your router and then power the unit on. Run the setup software from the CD and follow the instructions. You do not need to be an expert in this setup. Yes I am an MCSE and started playing with manual IP settings and gave it the same IP as my TIVO box, uf! though the setup CD also has an IP changer utility, I ran that and it detected the harddrive and I changed the IP. This product is great.
If you are afraid on how to setup the unit, you can read the user manual from the manufactures website while you wait for the delivery. The manual has a good description on how things work and the web interface which you access via your Internet browser is extremely easy. There are some comments about it being not so good, though Take the manual for a spin and see for your self. I can recommend this networkable harddrive.

Cons: The fan is actually noisy even if the drive has not been doing anything for hours, this is the biggest negative. I guess the noise can be compared with an older PC where you can hear the power supply, though the noise does stop for a while.

Other Thoughts: I mounted the drive in the basement so the noise is not a problem, so keep in mind that if you need a networkable harddrive you do not need to connect it directly to your PC, which in fact, is not recommendable by the manufacture anyway. Why buy a network drive which can be shared by others and then connect it to one PC and then manually have to share it.
IF you are looking to share music, files and other data with your family you can do this extremely easy and you can also setup separate locations where the family members can have their own personal files which others do not have access to. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/27/2006 10:48:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Storage Device, Poor Print Server

Pros: The NAS portion of the device seems to work as advertised.

Cons: It was a little problematic setting up the file shares because of poor documentation. After working with the interface for a few minutes, it became apparent how things worked. Hint: Make sure your username and password match your Windows environment for easier drive sharing. The print server is horribly slow. My PC and the linkstation are connected to a SMC 8505T switch with a Canon IP3000D printer connected to the Linkstation. A simple 2 page pdf takes about 7 minutes before the printer starts to print.

Other Thoughts: Although the Linkstation provides print sharing and FTP capabilities, the poor performance of these additional features limit their use and devalues the product. It is very suitable as a NAS device and multimedia sharing component.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/13/2006 5:52:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than advertised

Pros: VERY quiet and VERY fast when connected to a gigabit network. This is the ideal place for those valuable digital pictures. Better than advertised because you don't need (or want) a second one for backup. All you need is a USB drive to plug into the back of this for fast, automatic backups of the network drive.

Cons: Software included with no explanation. Confusing interface for backup of the network drive. Backup to a USB drive works great once you figure it out. Buffalo is misleading you into getting a second network drive for backup. I did but it was VERY SLOW. Buy the cheaper USB drive for backup of the network drive and you can rest easy knowing that you have several copies of your prize photos.

Other Thoughts: This has got to be the best network drive out there, even with the poor documentation. is great as usual!

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