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Cons: Short life span.
Other Thoughts: Running 4 of these in a gently used ReadyNAS104 for long term storage of RAW photo files.
At just about the year mark, one died. No problem, can happen. Replaced under warranty.
Three months later and another one put into service at the same time has died.
A third death occurred in an external enclosure, also at about 1 year.
I used to be a Seagate fan, but not so much over the past 18mos.
This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL
Pros: Time Machine, DLNA, iTunes, etc..lots of options, gigabit port
Cons: Purchased from another online retailer.
Unit died 3 weeks out of warranty taking my data with it. If you Google around and you'll see this is becoming a common complaint with these units using Seagate drives. Mine tries to spin up a number of times before giving up.
Could never get WebAccess service (cloud) to work. Many others have same issue.
Some features are hard to find in the admin GUI and require serious digging.
Other Thoughts: Lesson learned: never trust your data to a "backup solution" that only offers a 1 year warranty.
Removed drive from the Linkstation and connected directly to my computer and confirmed the drive was toast.
Buffalo support forums aren't apparently watched or replied to by Buffalo employees, only other forum members.
This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 104 4-Bay Network Attached Storage Diskless (RN10400)
Pros: Quiet, ease of expansion, dual gigabit ports, hot swap
Apps available with current firmware
Cons: Death? First unit died quickly. Replacement been in place just under a month.
Apps (see below)
Other Thoughts: After spending the better part of a day trying to reach Netgear (see previous review), I finally connected to someone over chat. While sympathetic, they still wanted to follow SOP for NG warranty which means sending the failed unit back at your own expense. Not exactly cheap with a 14lb box. I balked at this since this is a higher end storage solution that went south in less than 2 weeks that I am supposed to be entrusting my data to. It took a while, but finally convinced the tech to talk to their supervisor, who ultimately approved a return shipping label. Bonus points there.
However they shipped the replacement unit ground, so it took about 5 days for it to reach me. Should have been 2nd day at the very least, IMO. Minus points there.
New unit took the drives from the old and immediately started, updated its firmware (off the drives), rebooted, found even newer firmware, updated again and then a final reboot. The big question: yay my data was intact! Points back.
Unfortunately during the time it took to get the replacement, the drive in a 3TB Buffalo Linkstation I had been using failed and I lost all the data I was planning to move to the ReadyNAS. Of course the Linkstation (LS-X3.0TL) went belly up exactly 3 weeks out of warranty. Another story, another time.
Apps: with the firmware update to OS 6.x, apps are now available. There's a decent number of them for things like media streaming, subversion, php, mySQL and other web server type goodies.
But where it's really lacking is any offering that is essentially a replacement for DropBox. Netgear offers their "ReadyDrop", but it's clunky and you cannot set up multiple users. Yes, everyone shares one common login. Really!? I even paid for the 3rd party Polkast which looked promising. However it turns out that the ReadyNAS version is really stripped down, offers few of the standard Polkast features, forces you into preset folders which it then scans on your PC, and also is not a replacement for DropBox. Seems to be essentially a glorified media server app.
So for now my ReadyNAS is strictly what I originally intended it to be: storage for my large and growing collection of RAW photos. The package I purchased from NewEgg included 2x2TB Seagate drives, giving me about 1.5TB mirrored, which Netgear's X-RAID configured automatically as RAID 1. About 10days ago I added a 3rd 2TB Seagate drive hot. The ReadyNAS immediately recognized it, rebuilt the volume (took about 24hrs), then X-RAID switched it to RAID5, giving me 3.56 TB of space. While the rebuild was occurring, the ReadyNAS stayed fully available. So...more points back for ease of use. Note: for those desiring greater manual control, you can switch the ReadyNAs to Flex-Raid but do so prior to putting your data on it (or have a backup) because it does wipe the volume.