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This review is from: Synology CS407e Diskless System 4-bay SATA NAS Server
Pros: - It has been 100% Reliable for me. I have never lost any data. I use RAID 5 w/ 4 Samsung 750GB HDs. I removed a drive just to see if it worked and it worked fine.
- I use almost all the features: BT downloading, FTP Server, Web Server, Photo Station, and the backup features. (The only feature I don't use YET is the surveillance server - but I will next month!)
- It streams my 1080p content flawlessly to my Vista machine.
- Synology has frequent firmware updates, extensive forum support, and a reliable technical support team.
- The built-in backup utilities work fine (although I use SyncBack SE).
- It uses standard Linux RAID. In case of a hardware failure, you could recover the data with any PC in Windows using UFS Explorer Pro (or any similar proram) or install the drives into another Synology drive.
- Synology has released a free "package" which adds an email server feature to the drive.
Cons: - When using all the features simultaneously, the machine gets bogged down a little.
- Even though it has gigabit LAN, the transfers are a little slow (about 5-7 MB/s write, 8-11 MB/s read). I use ALL of its features, though. Would probably be faster if I disabled some.
Other Thoughts: - I own 2 other Synology drives (DS107e) and love them. I use one for business purposes and have it automatically backup its content to my other DS107e kept at my brother's as an offsite backup. Works great.
- As mentioned by other users; the system can get boggy if you use many of the advanced features. If you can afford it, I would recommend upgrading to the CS407 (has faster processor and twice the memory) or the newer 408 and 409 series.
- I purchased a 1.5TB external HD and have the CS407e backup to it every night using its internal backup software.
- It seems to handle two large-file transfers simultaneously without lag, but when three or more users are pulling from it (or if it's performing a backup) it will lag some, but it has never failed to finish any transfers for me.