Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation 421e
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LinkStation 421 Raid 1 3TB
F. Emery, Amazon
4 days ago
Summary: I assembled the Link Station 421 easily using 2 WD Red NAS 3TB drives and reconfigured them to be Raid 1. Be aware that the time to do this is about 10 hours per terabyte. I plan to back-up my three computers to this NAS and then back-up the NAS monthly to one of two 3TB hard disks; storing these sequentially in our bank safety-deposit box as off site storage. My trouble has been "finding" the 3TB hard drives.
Summary: You do lose space to operating system. It's about 15 megabytes - - NOT 1.1 Terabytes as reported before. You can get better, but you'll spend a lot more. Works fine, worth the money. This may write faster in JBOD usage without the raid overhead. 4 Stars because of good performance for price.
Pros: Cheap, reasonable speed. It's not fast. I use it with with two 7200 rpm 1TB drives in a raid 1 configuration. Writing to NAS is about 34 MB/s, reads are 74 MB/s for 14GB file, small files will be slower. That's on a gigabit wired network. Have not used it for much else yet than data storage, but features look easy to configure and use. Required firmware upgrade which was easy to perform. This provided new features such as timer on/off, which reduces wear on drives, an...
Cons: 1.Hard drives held in place by catch on plastic HD carrier handle. Face comes off too easily. What's wrong with a screw?? 2. First level of folders (your "shares") require creation by the remote administration software, after that anyone with permission can create folders. 3. Takes 5-10 minutes to boot.
Summary: I got this little machine because I am paranoid about backups and wanted a redundant backup source. I got the LS421DE diskless from another site on sale for just under a song. I installed two 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000's and set them up as a RAID 1. This means that I have a total free space of under 4TB, but the data is on both drives. The first thing I did was plug it in and turn it on so I could update the firmware.
Summary: I recently updated my computer and decided it was a good time to update my backup storage (a 5 year old Buffalo LinkStation Duo). I don't have exotic requirements for a NAS (no internet access, no media server) - I just wanted a big, fast, low cost, wired Ethernet drive. This product seemed to be what I wanted and I am glad I purchased it. Other reviewers mention that the case is flimsy, which it is.
Summary: Bought this product because 1TB drive with Pictures, Movies, Music died on me and although I had pictures backed up lost a lot of media and documents that I was not able to get back. Allows for many different configuration. I have mine setup so that each 2 TB drive mirrors itself so if one hard drive fails I can take it out and replace it without loosing data. Also works great with streaming content on hard drive over network to smart TV.
Summary: * I am using this to power a WD TV Live media device. With 1.5 TB of DVD rips and video clips, there have been no load issues from this NAS so far. * The device formats the drives on its initial startup, so you have to reformat them if you want to use RAID 1. This isn't a big deal. * If all other electronics are off in the room, I can hear the fan but the sound is minimal.
Pros: * Works * Quiet * UI configuration offers a lot of options * User/Group permissions * SSH is enabled * No problem with 2 x 4 TB drives
Summary: I've been running this NAS for a little over a month and a half. At first I had hell trying to get my AT&T wireless router to keep this guy on the network but eventually I just assigned him a static IP and it has worked ever since. I like the Bit Torrent client though I rarely download torrents. I can see how it would be handy for someone who does.
Summary: Purchased 3 Buffalo LS421de NAS LinkStations which are placed on our home network system for DLNA server, Church files, home business files, accounting files, personal files, software, storage, etc. It is not mentioned in the descriptions posted that these have SATA III data rates and compatibility. You can customize the storage capacities by the drive sizes you choose to purchase or re-use.
Pros: SATA III, easy to program, nice backup options, quiet operation Fast data rates NAS to NAS and PC to NAS Diskless - Customize to drive sizes you need DLNA Media Server functions very well Didn't try apps... WebServer, BitTorrent, PrintServer, etc.
Cons: Sleep Mode option does not wake on lan. You can not log in to the NAS for administration or access files from a network computer while in sleep mode. The is strictly a hard sleep and is timed by programming. To over ride and regain access, the NAS needs to be power cycled. Opting not use this function. Other Buffalo NAS models have better sleep controls and attributes. Email report option requires your email account user name and password. Created an email account jus...
Summary: The device is very compact. The WebAccess app, website, and setup interface all leave something to be desired. I didn't find the setup intuitive but have managed to get the thing setup so that it works for me. I likely would have paid more for a different device if I knew that the interfaces would have been more user friendly.