"total garbage"on by donnymalloy
Pros good price
Cons painfully slow to access and copy data
Summary I bought this NAS while visiting USA and the first thing I done when I got back to the UK was went online to find out what it could do. The first article I came upon was about this device being highly unreliable, slow, and would continually access the drive. Unfortunately it was not an option to take it back to the store but I was so concerned with the reliability comments that I kept a copy of my most important data on my own PC.
As it turned out the thing was so slow that I rarley used it and 9 months in it has failed. During the 9 months I rarely powered the device up and when I did it was only to access some files from other PC's in the home. The software told me to upgrade the firmware but when I attempt to do this the device reboots and nothing happens.
I am not even going to bother attempting to get this fixed as it is completely useless and I would not be comfortable leaving data on it with it being so unreliable. I have stripped it down and am currently using UFS explorer to retreive the data that I did not keep a backup of.
This unit is a complete waste of money and I would not recommend it.
Pros Nil to speak of
Cons It is a dud
Summary I had 5 disks fail in 5 weeks from purchase!
That has to be a record.
Do yourself a favour and do NOT Buy Buffalo
Pros Looks cool, well priced for a NAS device. But...
Cons We have had 4 Buffalo NAS devices (Pro I and Pro II models) with Raid 5 in our office in the past 12 months; each has broken for various reasons -- damaged hard drives, broken case, and the company won't stand by its warranty.
Summary The support staff tries but management dumps on them. When storage really counts and it goes down, the lost productivity is so costly, why would anyone recommend this company's hardware to home users?
With other choices on the market, I don't know why anyone would bring one of these into their house.
Don't bother. The time it takes to configure, then transfer in your data, is nothing compared to the grief you'll have if it goes down. And since their products seem very susceptible to power outages and the like, many of which can occur in a home setting, this unit will be toast pretty quickly.
Pros Ease of initial setup
Cons Cost to repair the inevitable failure
Summary Just roll your own.