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This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ v2 4-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty (RND4000-200NAS)
Pros: This is my first dive into a ReadyNas device. I have had several network drives, and used a pc for network shares;however I found both with issues. The network drives I have used in the past are slow, limited and fw updates for new features are slim to none. As far as the pc goes, you always have spyware/virus issues to think about and the pc uses much more power. With the nv+ v2, I have populated it with 4x3tb drives to total a redundant 8.3tb partition. It spins down when not in use, runs very quiet and cool and network speeds are more than acceptable (20 to 60 mb/s typically)I can stream a movie to my wife's laptop, stream one on the ps3, and stream one to my epic 4g and it is all smooth. This is with ip cams running on the wifi as well. VERY impressed with the multiple user access and speed of this box.
Cons: When you log into the http interface, you get a security certificate warning, the pages have a lot of lag when switching fields, the system reads everything in celcius instead of faranheit for temps (you can hover the mouse over the drive in the radar soft to see it in faranheit, but hope they add this option in the future). The firmware seems very immature for this product, however Netgear forums are very active and seem to be very helpful with questions. I have had disk full errors happening when copying files, I have found if I manually surf to the file location and click retry it continues. Due to the buggy code on this thing I knocked an egg off, but have heard FTP support is coming in the next firmware release. 1 gb ram should have been standard with this unit, but so far no issues with that.
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend thoroughly testing any drives used in this thing. All my drives are on the compatibility list(wd30ezrx), one was an OEM and one was a retail drive to start out with. The OEM drive initialized, I added the second drive to create the raid, and the mirror failed initialization. This corrupted the drives, removing the bad one still would not boot the device. I removed both drives, tested and verified the bad one(oem). I had to put the good drive on a pc and blank the drive, then reinstall and let it reformat itself to work. After I replaced the bad drive,I had a mirror of 2.7tb. I added the other 2 drives one at a time. It took a few days to create an 8.3tb partition, other than weird copy issues so far so good. I feel good about my purchase, will add a ups on the approved list one day soon.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: When WD drives work, they are the best.
Cons: half of the drives I have ordered here over the years had to be rma to wd in under 2 weeks, unnacceptable. I buy retail ones on sale and have only had 1 with issues. I work at a computer store and order oem all the time with little issue from somewhere else...
Other Thoughts: I work in IT, have for 10 years, I wonder if a case of "tip the pallet" is being played in the warehouse.Other vendors have a better track record...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 2.7T formatted capacity in new readynas nv+ v2. Fast access times on a windows box for a energy saving drive,quiet running and cheap for the capacity. Retail Box drive from local store of same model is running perfect.
Cons: I don't know if a game called"push over the pallet" is happening at the warehouse or what, but OEM drives I have ordered have had serious issues from here. As I said above the local store retail package tested with wddiag is great, the drive I ordered from here FAILS. I have ordered at least 10 OEM drives and at least 5 have had to be returned! Mind you 2 were raid edition, 2 were wd20ears, 1 was a 500 of some sort, all WDC. I have MANY retail box wdc drives I have purchased, all were fine out of the box. This tells me these oem drives are being mis-handled somewhere! I work at a pc store, I replace 5 to 10 drives a week with OEM drives from a ATL supplier, I RARELY have a bad OEM WD drive from them. Please look into how these are being pulled from inventory!! Let your employees know drives are fragile! I just wasted 2 hours tonight trying to mirror my new Readynas! And yes the drive is on the compatibility list...as long as it didn't have bad sectors I would have been fine.
Other Thoughts: I love Newegg, they have good rates and fast shipping, and haven't had to call much but once I did and they were nice. I am upset that I bought a NEW drive, and have to turn around and get a refurb when mine was new before I even had one day of use! The money I saved when these were 169 will now be used to ship this back to Cali. I also do not know how a hdd can be shipped with no bubble wrap around it. UPS may have football thrown it into the delivery vehicle for all I know.And before you bash my review, know that I have worked at the same computer store for 7 years, and thru my supplier I don't have these issues. I order these to get a deal and lose it on reshipping. Come on guys.READ FULL REVIEW