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Lenovo 70A69003NA Diskless System Iomega ix2 Network Storage 2-bay

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  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 1 x USB2.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • CONGJIE H.
  • 10/13/2014 5:16:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMissing part

Pros: a lot of feature.

Cons: missing part. I got the box on January, and didn't set it up until now. I did check the parts, all the parts listed on the box is there. But I found that very hard to install hard drive. I researched and found that, the parts that wrap the hard drive to help me to slide the hard drive in and out and also stable the hard drives is missing. I asked my friend with the same model, he got that part in the box but I don't.

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  • Martin S.
  • 9/1/2014 8:20:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIX2 Diskless Network Storage

Pros: Very easy setup.

Cons: None I can see.

Other Thoughts: Product was received promptly and in good condition from seller.

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  • Korderro C.
  • 3/12/2014 7:01:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: So many more features than I expected. Easy to setup and easy to access from any PC connected to your network.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: Some of the amazing features included is built in torrenting software, security camera recording, meadia streaming, and a personal cloud feature. And those are only the ones i have tried

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  • Timothy O.
  • 2/10/2014 3:48:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs1st NAS, not happy, crashed in 1st mo.

Pros: The device was easy to set up and I could generally access it on both PC and mac. But that's not saying much. The copy tool was nice for copying lots of files from a friend's external hooked in directly to the NAS. Also, the NAS is theoretically faster than USB 3.0, but you'll need a 10/100/1000 router.

Cons: Right off the bat I would get blue screens when connected directly to it from my PC, and at random times when I was transferring files to the NAS or copying from. This negated any advantage I got from faster transfer speeds. I was also not impressed with the user interface, but I could have lived with that. The real downside was that it stopped working on the network and then crashed altogether. The NAS formats the drive in a Linux partition that I could NOT read, and I lost all the files on the hard drive. I got the blinking light of death on the unit, which my frantic online searches showed to be relatively common for this and earlier units.

Other Thoughts: If this unit was reliable out of the box, I would love to get a new one. As it is, I can't afford to lose 3TB of data again, so I'm not going to risk it. I was VERY unhappy with the outcome of my purchase. I am just a home user, and I was storing movies, music, and pictures mostly. I had about 2TB of data on that drive when the NAS stopped booting correctly. I'm deployed so I didn't have any cool technical fixes available.

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  • David J.
  • 2/6/2014 8:10:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: i have owned several different types of network storage and such this one was the easiest setup and use was was the fastest to get up and running normally for something like this for me it is about an hour this one i took it out of the box put in my 2tb x2 drives skimmed the owners manual plugged it in and i was like wow it is done all in about 15 minutes i would say if you are looking for a network storage/cloud buy this you will not regret it

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: should come with adaptors for ssds

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  • James J.
  • 2/1/2014 12:22:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoorly implimented firmware and terrible customer service

Pros: I thought the price was good and that the Lenovo name meant quality. My initial impression seemed good until I started trying out the features and found the implementation to be poor.

Cons: This device has very poorly implemented firmware, is extremely slow and Lenovo customer service doesn't care and won't resolve issues.

Here is a list of the issues that I have had with this NAS:

1. The NAS does not handle failed drives well. When I first got this NAS one of the WD red drives I purchased was not functional. Rather than detecting this failure and alerting me the NAS simply took forever to initialize and operated extremely slow. The only way that I found out was to remove the drive from the NAS and install it into my desktop computer. This is an unacceptable failure since most people do not have the ability to perform the in-depth testing required. Furthermore there is no easy way to check the SMART status of a drive without needing special knowhow and tools.

2. NAS is extremely slow. This NAS can only achieve approximately 30MB/s sustained transfer rate of large files to the NAS. This is an unacceptable transfer rate when the drives, the gigabit Ethernet, and my test computer can sustain over 100MB/s transfer. Using the Hardware monitoring utility I can see that this is due to the NAS CPU being at 100% utilization during a large file transfer. Enabling jumbo frames can get a measured 30% file write increase due to the lower CPU usage on the NAS box. While this is still an abysmal transfer rate it is at least usable. Unfortunately this is not an acceptable option due to issue number 3.



3. Features do not work together on the NAS box. Enabling jumbo frames causes the NAS to loose all connectivity to the internet. The email alerting no longer works, the automatic time update no longer works, and the cloud feature no longer works. This means that jumbo frames are poorly implemented at best and completely unusable at worst (my case). Because jumbo frames are entirely unusable the NAS is reverted to the horrible transfer rate of 30MB/second.

I spoke with Lenovo customer service about the jumbo frames and they first blamed the issue on my router (which doesn't make sense because jumbo frames do not work on the internet and when I pointed this out to them they then stated that because this is a consumer NAS they acknowledged that the NAS does not properly implement jumbo frames and that because it is a consumer product they do not intend to correct this issue.

Here is their exact response:

Our Personal Cloud feature does not support jumbo frames. This is not a bug, and we currently have no plans to implement jumbo frames for Personal Cloud. We have found the benefit of jumbo frames to be trivial (standard frames have at worst a 2.72% packet to payload overhead), and the potential detriment to be drastic (ranging from a 15% decrease in throughput to complete incompatibility with some hardware). Personal Cloud is intended to be used by home users, and not in a corporate environment. Most home users do not have the testing know-how to determine if jumbo frames are increasing performance for them.

Other Thoughts: This is a follow-up to my previous review to highlight issues that I have found since my initial review.

If you want to save a few bucks and don't mind a slow NAS with buggy firmware and incomplete network support go ahead and buy this. If you are planning on purchasing this to use the extra features purchase a different brand.

Personally I wish that I would have known these issues and limitations before I purchased the NAS box so I would not be stuck with a slow NAS box that is now out of the Newegg return window.

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  • Erik S.
  • 1/20/2014 10:22:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsix2 NAS

Pros: easy setup, well engineered, works as advertised

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I guess I'm a real geek because I love this thing. I've been looking for an NAS at this price point for a long time. I should say I use it only for backup so I can't comment on the media features. Newegg got it to me almost instantly with free shipping, as usual.

I had an empty router port, an empty UPS socket and a pair of spare 1TB drives which are on the list, so I was good to go. This is a nice looking unit but it wasn't obvious how to open it; I had to click around on the website for a while to find the information. It's simple though, the front panel slides up a fraction of an inch and lifts off. I'm guessing it would be a bad idea to remove the screws from the back panel. It has a quiet little fan and although there's a power switch it's obviously designed to stay on all the time. I popped in the drives (there are a couple brackets with no instructions, but if you compare the brackets to your drives you'll get it right away. They're idiot-proof and well engineered). I pressed the drives until they clicked, replaced the cover, connected the network cable and power cord and within a minute or two the until was powered up and configured, with several default shares (folders) each with a drive letter mapped to my machine. I found it best to use the software that's easily downloaded from the website to delete the shares and replace them with my own so it was organized the way I wanted it. The drive letters can be easily changed. The software is good, and it's not bloatware. I usually don't like to use the software included with my devices but this is reliable and useful. There's a button in the software to call up Windows Backup but I don't use that, and in any case I don't think it's included with Windows 7 Home Premium, which is on one of our laptops. I use the backup that's part of Norton Security Suite, which is free from my ISP. EMC used to (and presumably still does) sell a first rate inexpensive backup program, but I can't argue with free full copies of Norton. My first backup failed half way through because I was messing with the settings for the NAS while it was backing up (duh), but since then it's backed up all our machines (the laptops wirelessly) with no issues. We were streaming Netflix to our bedroom (not HD) TV while two backups were going full steam with no issues.

All in all I 've found this to be a terrific piece of equipment, well worth the price.

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  • Quentin S.
  • 1/3/2014 1:10:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS

Pros: Ignore review below from user who blames the device for data loss! It is not Lenovo's fault that he did not plug it into a UPS. Get real. Anybody should know better. Any storage device not plugged into a battery backup would have lost his data after several brownouts.
This device has ton's of options and is easy to setup. Works great.

Cons: It is only made for full size desktop drives. If you buy SSD's you will need adapter's and those adapter's have to be carefully designed so that all of the alignment mimmicks a full size drive. Will need to do your research if you want to put in SSD's

Other Thoughts: I would def. recommend this NAS. Tons and tons of features. Also, I would highly recommend putting in 2 drives in "duplicate" mode. If one drive die's you just pull the drive and replace it and data will not be lost. This is an ideal way to store your important data. No computer to worry about messing it up and the ability to have a mirrored data storage device gives piece of mind

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  • Tod K.
  • 12/20/2013 5:25:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVMWare Support

Pros: I have four of these and are very happy with them. With Active Directory integration and ISCI support. They make great backup targets and work with VMWare.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Yes, the mirror is going to take a long time to build, especially on larger drives. That is to be expected.

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  • Joseph M.
  • 12/16/2013 6:31:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWould be a great item

Pros: Easily accessible. etc...

Cons: This product does not do what advertised. When uploading media to it, an error occurs saying Sharename/media does not exist. its annoying. The sad this is this would be such a great little device if the firmware was tweaked and there was some type of support other than the terrible "support" link offered. BAD BAD BAD.

Other Thoughts: So dissappointed i thought i found what i was looking for, but i was wrong. Again, this product is a great storage device, but the media streaming aspect sucks, also they dont mention anything about "twonky" at port 50599, which is a bit better than the lenovo streaming software etc..

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