Pros Nice design, generous amount of space
Cons No Firewire
Summary External hard drives are not that good if they don't have Firewire. You need a speedy interface between the External Hard drive and the CPU in order for proper function and most of all, SPEED.
Pros Small, quiet, sturdy, fast (for USB), never had one fail
Cons None, except for wanting larger capacity, and Firewire or eSATA conections
Summary This review pertains to both the 160GB and 500GB models.
Good God, I've been through the mill with external drives. TWO (loud) Maxtors completely failed, data unrecoverable. My Seagate is a noisy, slow drive that is a distraction even in a busy environment.
But the NetDisks - what a pleasure! Rock solid, even after several years of being powered on 24/7, and in constant use. Very quiet and unobtrusive in operation, even during intensive disk activity.
Setting it up as Fast Ethernet NDAS drive is very easy, and multiple units can be set up as RAID 0 or RAID 1. Extremely sleek and portable (but requires packing the power cord), fast for a USB 2.0 device (backward compatible with USB 1), even with a nearly full disk. It is perfect as a stand-alone drive for multiple PCs, expansion or overflow storage, back-ups, and media use.
It needs no cooling fan, as the enclosure is designed to keep the drive cool, quiet and trouble-free.
Not one person who has purchased a NetDisk on my recommendation has been disappointed. The only downsides: I am eagerly awaiting larger capacity drives to be released by Ximeta, and Firewire or even eSATA connections would be a very desirable addition.
I know that I cannot trust any valuable back-up data to Maxtor, and the Seagate sounds like it's straining, even with just occasional use. All my critical files go on the NetDisks.
I'll be first in line when they finally release the Giga model.
Pros Very Fast, not a single problem with using it for over 3 years
Cons Sometime gets very hot.
Summary I have 2 250GB units that I have been using for over 3 years. I found this product to be one of the best NAS products on a market. Straight forward, reliable, fast, easy to use. As a busy professional I don't have a lot of time to fix the problems, I tried multiple NAS products from different manufactures and non of them pass. I only wanted to change to something larger then 250GB but I'll wait for Ximeta release of 1TB and just go with that.
Pros Small, inexpensive
Cons Everything else
Summary Seriously, I dont understand why companies still make externals without firewire.
If I cant backup my HD & boot off the thing, what good is it?? Also, firewire provides power to the unit, so no power cord is needed! To me, that stuff is a no-brainer.
But, if you just wanna backup random files (no bootable OS) while plugging this this in the wall, then guess this will do. But, I personally would spend the extra cash on a real external with firewire.