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BUFFALO HS-DH500GL 500GB LinkStation Live Multimedia Storage Server

  • Pedestal
  • 500GB
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 2 x USB2.0

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 10/2/2012 7:55:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot the best on the market

Pros: Small, slim design. Upgrade-able hard drive (with some work), simple to flash

Cons: BE WARNED!!! This NAS drive looses the flash settings from time to time. Data loss is not always emanate, but does happen. Also, this particular model, even after flashing, my be "bricked" (unable to be brought back to life, thus becoming nothing more than a brick.) D-Link has far better products!

Other Thoughts: We wish we had never purchased this drive to begin with. Good concept. Poor design.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/1/2008 10:50:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice, but flawed

Pros: Nice windows setup tool, nice web admin, very easy to use and setup. Easy to open the box and remove the harddrive in the off chance you may need to verify (or recover) your data after the box stops booting.

Cons: FTP worked once but hasn't allowed a login since the initial setup/testing, admin web interface is a bit slow, so far not very reliable uptime. After my first backup the box inexplicably crashed and required the firmware to be re-flashed to get it working again. There is no ability to unmount the external usb drive and this may have contributed to the crash. I just turned the usb drive off and the Linkstation didn't seem to like this (it emailed an error report). Doesn't support raid. The backup tool didn't recognize my old Linkstation Gigabit, so I couldn't use it as a network backup. Device occasionally makes alot of racket... woke my wife up from the next room (bad, very bad).

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace my Linkstation Gigabit which has run almost nonstop for three years. A great device. I was hoping that Buffalo would have kept that greatness and smoothed out some of the bugs and clunkiness in the Gigabit, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/2/2008 8:54:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This thing is pretty sweet. Backing up 400 GB. No problems whatsoever. It was up, running, and connected to the network in less than 5 minutes. I don't think I have ever had so much ease in hooking something up. The web access is pretty easy too.

Cons: People complain about the slow upload. I backed up 200 GB wirelessly in 24 hours. The software that comes with it didnt work on Vista. I just got a free one from download. I guess if you are in such a rush to backup everything you can plug it right in using USB but the whole point is convenience. I am not in a rush and 200 GB in 24 hours is fine with me. I am just guessing. It probably took 20.

Other Thoughts: You really cant ask for a better solution for backing up 300 - 400 GB from multiple computers and having web access.

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  • Robert C.
  • 1/11/2008 9:01:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad but v slow

Pros: Pretty cheap and detected on office hub network pretty quickly. Running with Vista Ultimate, Mac(10.4 and 10.5) and Windows 2000. Will work with Leopard's Time Machine (although painfully slow)

Cons: Exceptionally slow (i mean really slow) - has to run overnight to back up MBP with Leopard/Time Machine. If I were you use a hub/router that has a USB 2 port and buy a faster USB drive if you need the speed. Unable to configure web access due to corporate firewall.
Admin interface feels v cheap. A few glitches getting Vista to work with it. Documentation poor. Usually have to run the Buffalo software for drive to be recognized, although that may be more to do with my ancient Ethernet hub...

Other Thoughts: Due to Firewall issues, not tried the iTunes functionality.

Can use with Leopard time machine: Run the following code from Terminal and load up TM to select your drive!

defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

Would be good in a home network, but spend time thinking about security settings.

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  • RD M.
  • 11/17/2007 10:16:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDidn't Work

Pros: Small size, supposed to work with Apple OS, service at both Buffalo and NewEgg

Cons: Didn't work.

Other Thoughts: IP address was recognized, but kept getting error messages for files. Then only beeping sounds and flashing lights. Buffalo was great; offered to exchange it. NewEgg also was great; offered to refund all money without restocking fee. Make sure you know what you want these things for. If primarily for backup, get a 2 drive device. If for media, make sure something else can back it up.

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  • jose c.
  • 11/14/2007 7:17:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS

Pros: 3 minutes after i plugged the drive in my linksys wrt54G router, all 3 PCs in the network detected the drive automatically. Installed the memeo backup software on all 3 pcs and started to transfer files to the NAS drive right away. I was able able to access my files from a remote location using web access with no problems.

Cons: None, if set up was any easier, tech support will out of work soon.

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  • Graham B.
  • 11/14/2007 10:54:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy NAS/ FTP server

Pros: Easy to setup, Good web interface.
I was able to have this usnit setup as an FTP server in under 15 minutes. Once I added to the DMZ I was able to get to it anywhere and create users that I gave to my friends. The system is easy to use inside the network as well, I stream data to my PS3, Notebook and Desktop (with the PC's I setup static mapped drives) and had the whoel thing going in less than 30 minutes.

Cons: Slow upload and down load unless you are using USB or a CAT5 cable. When using wireless I cap out at 1.3 MB/sec.

Other Thoughts: Other than the slow speed over wireless and my cable companies furgalness with upstream bandwidth this is a great cheap, easy to user NAS setup. Highly recommended.

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  • Joshua N.
  • 8/24/2007 8:50:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Pleased

Pros: Easy to set up. Plugged into my linksys wireless router and it was up and running. Easy to set up web access in the great html admin interface. You can backup this drive to other Buffalo LinkStations for data redundancy.

Cons: While reading/writing to the drive the html admin interface is pretty slow. Other than that no complaints.

Other Thoughts: The only other network drive I've used is a WD. I would highly recommend this drive over the WD network drives.

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  • Rich K.
  • 6/9/2007 1:18:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsFirst Day Thoughts

Pros: Very Quiet
Small Footprint
Reasonably Priced

Cons: Flaky setup - Required a few resets because it would not let me change the devices IP address to be recognized within the serviced IP range on my home network.

Would not print using my HP 1020 LJ. I could see it under sys status in the web console

Web Console is slowwwwwww

I have been hold waiting on support for 30 minutes and counting

Other Thoughts: I still have yet to hook this drive up to my new DLINK DGL-4300which supports GigE

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