Joined on 11/21/07
Pros: PRICE!! Good unit. Yes, this is a dual band unit. Will be ordering a couple more.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Initially after reading some of the reviews that the firmware stinks, I have to say it is not bad at all. When received this unit I installed the DD-WRT firmware but had some problems with it. Probably me, but I had difficulties with it. So I downloaded the latest firmware from Netgear and installed it. Been running fine since.
Does not work
Pros: None so far.
Cons: Does absolutely nothing. Rather simple device, but does not work. When plugged in, there should be a little light that lights. It just dead as if it is not plugged in. Tried several outlets.
Overall Review: Guess this thing will go into the garbage. Not worth the time and money to send back.
Getting Better Every Day
Pros: Perfect weight and size. Screen is good. Toshiba support and Newegg have been great. Very quick and currently runs as designed. Great for watching movies, playing games, and surfing the net.
Cons: For some reason when I swap out SD cards I have to reboot to get them recognized. Also thumb drives have been spotty.
Overall Review: My first unit suffered the sleep of death then it quit charging. After returning and getting a new one and doing all the Toshiba updates all is good. I would suggest doing the updates on a factory setting. In other words if you receive a unit with stock Firmware, update it before doing anything else.
Better Than Expected
Pros: Best USB enclosure yet. I have tried many different makes and models of USB 2.5 enclosures and this one just works. eSATA, USB storage, and virtual CD checked out ok. The virtual cdrom is quite a bit faster than a cdrom and booting takes only seconds from an ISO file. Incredible idea.
Cons: none so far...
Overall Review: When I came across this virtual cdrom concept, I was very surprised. Never heard of it before and purchased it immediately. Sure beats carrying a handful of USB thumb drives with various Linux distributions on, plus my Clonezilla images on another 2.5 usb drive. If this thing can boot the virtual cdrom of Clonezilla and then put the image on the same disk, whoa, what a time saver. No more unetbootin, usb thumb drives, cdroms, etc. This thing will pay for itself in less than a month. Some advice. Do some homework on how this thing works. You will need to format it NTFS and then your ISO images need to go into a root folder called _iso. Once you have the _iso folder created, you may create other folders within. No drivers required. Works perfectly with Ubuntu, Win7, etc. NTFS is just fine with Linux...
Exactly as Expected
Pros: Purchased 2 of these to do a raid 0 for a NAS backup. After the initial setup in Ubuntu 10.10 in a software raid 0, the drives have been running uneventful. In a software raid 0, I have benchmarked the reads of min: 85.8 MB/s, max: 195.8 MB/s, and an average of 144.5 MB/s. Which is IMO very good for these drives. Under full write load for over an hour these things run pretty cool @ 102 deg F. (my OS Velociraptor 150GB runs normally @ 100 deg F.)
Cons: They are a bit thicker than a normal 2.5, but for my use it did not matter. Had to modify the 2 x 2.5 to 3.5 cage slightly for them both to fit. The cage is designed for 2 x 2.5 typical drives.
Overall Review: I am doing an rsync clone backup of my 2TB FreeNAS to my desktop where these drives are installed in a raid 0. This is a great backup solution of my NAS. There are certainly pros and cons of using a NAS; easy access to all your stuff, but all your eggs are in one basket and if it goes down, so does all your eggs. Now I can sleep a little better knowing all my stuff is backed up.
Excellent Drive - 100% Compatible
Pros: I just received this device (not from Newegg). Out of the box it works flawlessly with Ubuntu x64 and Windows 7 64. Very well built unit. Rubber sealed cap that actually holds it on fairly tight.
Cons: A little expensive. However if you need the protection, I don't think there is a better device available. Yes, bigger and heavier than most USB drives, but that is OK, harder to loose.
Overall Review: If you read the text file in the linux folder, it recommends activating in Windows. I suggest that as well. Windows has a GUI, where as the linux, it is command line. Once activated with a password, the below Ubuntu procedure just works. For Win7 the auto run will prompt you to run the windows software. The software is hard code and read only on the device. It does not get installed on the PC. Here it will setup the password and format the drive. I formated NTFS since it is supported under Ubuntu as well. With Ubuntu, simply open up the folder that represents the drive. Navigate to the linux folder. Right click on the ironkey executable, and run as other application. Enter in gksu and hit enter. I have not checked, but other formats other than NTFS may be available by formatting under Ubuntu.