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Lenovo 70B89003NA Diskless System Iomega ix4-300d Network Storage 4-BAY

  • Diskless System
  • 2 x 10/100/1000M
  • 1 x USB3.0 + 2 x USB2.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Rajiv P.
  • 11/29/2014 2:17:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad, not great

Pros: Cheap, easy setup (for non techies), no major issues. Speed write/read averages from 40-60.

Cons: Can't do multiple drive pools - I initially bought 2x4tb drives thinking, for now, I'll go with 2x4tb (raid1) and 2x2tb (raid1) since I already had the 2tb drives. No go. My next concern is that when I decide to get 2 more 4tb to do raid 10, I'll have to backup data, wipe the drives, build the raid and copy again. That's going to be annoying.

Other Thoughts: I wasn't looking for something to run plex, I have a media server box, so I was just looking for a storage device. For what the price is, not bad at all. Annoyances for sure, but I haven't had performance issues. Sure, with my setup, might have been better to get a sata hdd raid enclosure dealy, but whatever, I'm not complaining.

Don't buy if you're wanting this to be anything more than just a plain ol storage device.

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  • Alan R.
  • 3/26/2014 1:35:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Software

Pros: Price and Hardware Design

Cons: The only way to control the software is by clicking on icons in the web software. Which is unfortunate, because it is incomplete.

Documentation is also bad. The website they send you to will be closing late 2014.

Other reports descrive it as slow. My experience has not been speedy, but I don't know that that is the NAS's fault.

Other Thoughts: First I bought this unit. Then, I bought 4 4tb hard drives from their approved drive list. I installed the drives and plugged it in. I made the mistake of plugging it in too far from my router, so I had to unplug it before logging in from the computer. That was a mistake on my part.

After I plugged it in and logged on, the raid manager would not load. As it happens, the only solution is to physically remove the drives and reformat them in another machine. To me, that is the first example of their software's failure.

For the record, everytime I plugged or unplugged, I did so with the power off and the power cord unplugged.

After I reformatted the four drives, I plugged them back in and turned the NAS back on. The screen flashed a message that I needed to give permission to write over existing data for each individual drive. I only had the opportunity to do so for two of the drives. That is the second example of the software's failure.

So I created a RAID 1 with the two drives that the NAS accepted. It was a challenge to figure how to attach the other two to the RAID. Finally, I unplugged them and plugged them back in. I was able to grant write permission and add them to the RAID array. After that, I was able to convert the RAID 1 to a RAID 5.

Then part of the NAS told me I had about 10TB of space, which is appropriate for a RAID 5. But when I tried to transfer files, It kept saying I only had 3.5 TB of space, which is appropriate for the 2 disk RAID 1. I could not find any way to upload more than the 3.5 TB of files. When I checked the correct forum (a challenge to find, btw), I saw a similar complaint from another customer. A response from Lenovo told them to do a full reset. That is, the only way to make all the space available is to erase all the data. That is the third example of the software's failure.

To me, the question is not if I would recommend it to anyone else; I would not. The question is whether I should discard it now, or wait until I find a fourth example of the NAS software failure and lose everything.

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  • Michelle O.
  • 2/24/2014 6:06:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerforms Great, Priced at a steal!

Pros: Software is feature packed. Has just about every protocol you could really want on it. Will authenticate to your Domain controller, (via AD) or you can set permissions within the device itself via the web console. The dual 1G nics are also nice along with VLAN abilities (this way you can keep your iSCSI segregated from your regular network (obviously you're switch needs to support this) You can also use Write Back if you have a USB capable UPS connected to this SAN. -Unit will shutdown when battery gets low. This should hopefully help with the Raid write hole issue in case of a power issue. The unit also has an email alert that will email you if there is an issue with raid, power, etc. -No need to setup email credentials. Just put your "to" address in the email field and the unit takes care of the rest!

Cons: This isn't so much of a con, but as mentioned in the "other thoughts" section you do need to prep the drives before mounting them into the unit. This can be done with a standard HD toaster using Diskpart (from the command line in windows) -Full details are located on lenovo's site, Answer ID 30456. Its because of this that the device seems to get low ratings. People just don't understand how to prep the drives.

Other Thoughts: I was able to easily configure this device via ESXi as a datastore using iSCSI. Setup and prep took about half an hour from unboxing. Installation of four 4TB Western Digital SAN disks was flawless, HOWEVER, you do need to mount them in a toaster and use "diskpart" to clean the drives (yes, even new ones) This is standard and best practice so no real trouble there. I can only assume the people that had trouble in the reviews before me either did not know to run though those steps or just not experienced with SAN technology in general. When you first setup your device, expect it to rebuild the raid for the first 27 hours or so. (Again, this is with any SAN or raid system) If you plan on getting this, you should also seriously consider getting the WD Red series hard drives for it. (SAN HD's) At the very least, all you're drives should be of the same model, make, and spindle speeds. -Save yourself some trouble and do it right the first time! ;)

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  • Alex G.
  • 2/24/2014 4:08:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsLenovo ix4-300d more than adequate

Pros: Price, Price, Price! The system is feature rich and fairly well built for the money. I am quite pleased with it after a few quirks during setup. I installed three 1TB WD Red HD's. Connected to a gigabit switch I was able to consistently write at about 60 MB/s (5.4 GB file) and read the same file at between 60-80 MB/s. Once again, for the money I can't complain.

Cons: The system is a little on the slow side when it comes to the processor. I would have liked to see a little more horsepower. Also the system does not have a door that opens so you have to take off the cover to access the drives. For me this was really annoying but i figure most will just install the drives and then set it in a corner never to worry about it again.

The quality of the cage (term used very loosely, it is very minimal) for hard drives is not the best and I am a fan of the cage-less design with hot-swap bays.

When I got the system ready to go it would not recognize me brand new drives. I had read complaints about this so I did a quick web search and found that you just need to reinitialize them. Once I did that it allowed me to continuing setting up the storage. It took quite sometime to build and I assume this is directly related to the slow processor.

The web based control panel is fine but a little slow.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this for a friends business and almost considered purchasing one for myself as well. I am now a little torn as I am one that will want hotswap. I would not rule out recommending purchasing this and still may buy one for myself as it is a feature rich product.

I will update this review in a few months if there is a need to.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 10/13/2013 8:16:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFeature rich, works well

Pros: Two interfaces, supports bonding (including LACP) and iSCSI multipathing, jumbo frames, super easy to configure VLAN trunking. Well designed overall. Reasonable speed considering the lower-end ARM controller. Overall excellent for my use case of iSCSI for ESXi.

Cons: Would love to be able to SSH to it.

Other Thoughts: Previous reviewer had trouble using already-used disks with this - it definitely makes it difficult, though empty drives are easy. I ended up deleting the existing partition tables from the drives and had to hit the "accept delete" button on the web interface a few times before it would take. Once that was done, it was cake.

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  • John C.
  • 10/5/2013 2:42:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsNot Recommended

Pros: Price

Cons: The interface is not designed to deal with errors.

Other Thoughts: I installed 4 identical 2TB HDDs that were previously in a JBOD enclosure. Upon startup the display read Disk 1 Requires Authorization for Overwrite. The only interface is a webpage where errors are displayed, and a Javascript pop-up says "Overwrite -- OK or Cancel". Clicking OK did nothing. Clicking Cancel closed the pop-up which only reappeared after a Factory Reset (accomplished using a pinhole in the back), but I could never get it to overwrite the disk. After low-level formatting the disks and dozens of reboots and factory resets, it finally displayed two large icons indicating that I had bricked it. This might be good when the drives are included or brand-new, but I found it impossible to get working.

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