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Take your data with you wherever you go while keeping it safe at home or office with the TeraStation Duo from Buffalo. The TeraStation Duo is designed to store and share data, music, pictures and video. Three operating RAID modes including 0, 1 and Normal gives you the choice of redundancy or speed and capacity, while the advanced RAID system continually checks hard drive and RAID performance. This model comes equipped with a single hard drive in its dual drive bay to provide a scalable storage, allowing you to enable data mirroring or increase total capacity as needed.
Equipped with an array of features found on professional NAS products such as Active Directory support, disk quota support, a share level Replication feature and port trunking support, the Buffalo TeraStation Duo offers a fitting choice for light to medium duty use. Automatic AES-128 data encryption enables maximum data protection to keep your privacy. And the LCD display allows you to learn the TeraStation information and disk status at a glance.
This Digital Living Network Alliance certified product is also designed to work with other DLNA products. This makes it easy to stream media to your computer or your home theater system. Pick up the TeraStation Duo today and it will be the cornerstone of your Digital Home and office.
Firmware will not update!
Pros: When it works, it works great. Once you get the setup issues resolved these have been pretty solid units over the long run. Kudos for being able to get tech support on the phone without too long of a wait.
Cons: Past experience setting these up for clients has always involved calls to tech support because of something not working properly right out of the box. This time was no exception. Firmware update hung (there are numerous complaints about this on the forums) and has been going almost 24 hours now.
Other Thoughts: It prompted me to update firmware as soon as I logged in to the web console and I fell for it! The browser screen warns not to refresh the screen to interrupt - yet displays NO indication of any kind that it's making progress. Tech support says just leave it alone overnight. 24 hours later now... it is still going. This is a problem that Buffalo needs to address rather than telling me over the phone to not update it that way. Don't ship software that prompts me to start a process that's unreliable and does not show any kind of progress bar to indicate whether or not it's working. Fix it!
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TeraStation looses connectivity often
Pros: Has four (4) Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive in a RAID5. This was the primary reason I bought this unit. I wanted fast (SATAIII) HDDs in a RAID 5 at a reasonable cost. I have worked with and recommended to dozens of my customers the Buffalo LinkStation as a NAS backup solution. I even wrote a Linux based backup script that works very well for doing ftp transfers from a Fedora and CentOS based server to NAS. So I know the Buffalo Web based interface very well. I received this BUFFALO TS-XE4.0TL/R5 4TB TeraStation ES NAS 8/29/12. I installed software on my WINXP PC and I also was able to access the unit via Web browser on my CentOS server. I set it up like I have done for my customers. Turned power button on back of unit to 'manual'. I went to 'System' then 'Power Management' and made sure 'Sleep Timer' was disabled and 'HDD Spindown' was disabled. So essentially I didnt want it to go into sleep mode or spin down the hard drives
Cons: The problem has been since day 1 that I lose Web based connectivity to the NAS device and I have to restart it often while in in there working on settings or looking around in Web interface. So it's not like the there is inactivity that is causing my connection to get lost. I have an external 2TB HDD with only 130GB of data that I need to copy to the Terastation. I started copying the data the same day (8/29/12) and to this day (8/31/12) I still have only been able to copy 58GB of data. The problem is I keep losing network connectivity. Getting a 'resource is no longer available' pop up error message often. At that point the Web based connection is lost too. If I try to reconnect then I get nothing. Usually I have to wait from a few minutes to 10 minutes before I can reaccess the NAS device then resume copying data from my USB drive to the NAS device. Note that the USB drive is connected to a WINXP PC and not directly to the NAS USB port.
Other Thoughts: I was really excited to get this unit and show it off to my Linux sys-admin co-workers. I was very happy to learn Buffalo uses Linux.I work for a pharmacy software development company with 3800 pharmacies we support using Linux servers. So I work with a bunch of Linux geeks.I have the unit in the office on a Gigabit network. It has the latest firmware v1.57. Buffalo forums no help with the constant connectivity dropping problem. Any helpful solutions? Buffalo people, you reading this...???
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Pros: Easy to configure, Great Interface and Front Panel, Supports Active Directory, 4TB, Supports Link Aggregation,DFS, NFS, & works flawlessly with other TeraStations.
Cons: Not a lot of flexibility in your RAID Choices and even with link aggregation the speed is just ok.
Other Thoughts: We got this unit to use as backup. It comes with 4 1TB Hard Drives. I wanted to RAID 0 them in groups of 2 - You cant do that. Raid 0 is all or nothing! Like I said it's just for secondary backup. You can however Just RAID 5 the whole thing (now you've got data protection) and set user quotas to limit the space (DPM and VMWARE Recovery).
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Poor Quality Control & Support Response
Pros: Great device when it works.
Cons: Arrived with a loose circuit board mounting screw. Fixed that and it worked great for 3 months until I shut it down for a week. When I restarted it had a Chipset error (E20) and would not function at all.
Other Thoughts: Registration email was sent within seconds of completion. Why does it take so long for a support email to be sent?
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“Great device when it works.— WoodstockDan 1/18/2011
Purchased in Sept 2010 to replace a 6 year old Terastation that never failed, just ran out ...”
“Past experience setting these up for clients has always involved calls to tech support because of something not working properly ...”— cliff 5/23/2013