Summary: If I could give this thing zero stars, I would. 6 weeks after purchase it crashed and I lost all of my data. It's giving me an emergency message to update the firmware because the firmware is corrupt, but when I go to update it, it says the most current firmware is installed. Now I'm forced to buy software to recover my data or install Ubuntu on my laptop to recover my data so it won't be a total loss.
Summary: 1.5 years in and it's dead. It's past warranty so I'm just out of luck. The setup was easy, the interface was functional but clunky. The transfer speeds were pretty good at around 50MB/s. Up to 72MB/s for short bursts. The 18 months or I got out of this makes it a bad buy, when I replace this I'll just spend a bit more on a higher quality product. Retrieving all the data from this thing was a time consuming and frustrating process, as it always is.
Summary: Very satisfied. Very reliable. I have several, some backing up others. I found out the hard way that large numbers of drives in one enclosure does not make for a very good backup strategy. If the enclosure fries, that's it, regardless of the condition of the drives. So far, having multiple of these units have proven to be a better solution.
Summary: Pros: Raid 1, Network attached, small size. Cons: Raid controller failed within 1 month. Buffalo replaced a Hard drive after a week of troubleshooting. Less than a month after replacement of the HD the unit failed again and Buffallo sent out a new Revision 3 unit. Came with 2 USB ports and a printer server. I was excited, I thought it may have been re-engineered. It lasted another month. I have since moved to an HP mediaSmart Server.
Great NAS Solution as File and Media Storage and Server
Carsten Cumbrowski, Amazon
3 September 2014
Summary: I also have the LinkStation Live model, which is a bit cheaper and as some flaws that I was not very happy about. The Pro Duo does not have the same flaws like its sister and also has a few additional features, such as the Media Server. The Media Server feature was a positive surprise for me and something I am going to play around with more. The setup was easy, even within my not so simple network environment. Administration was simple and straight forward as well.
Summary: I replaced an old Snapserver with this guy. I changed the RAID settings to disk mirroring of 500GB -- the default was RAID0 giving 1TB of storage. Pros: * Quiet, very quiet. * Fast. However, I'm not running videos or other really large files. Music, pictures, and office files mostly. I have not noticed any slowness compared to local drives. My network is 100Mbps; it should even be faster if running 1000. * FTP server over the internet.
Summary: This drive is running connected to a Cisco 3750 switch (24 ports of 10/100/1000) and it is a business grade layer 3 switch. (It routes and switches packets). The ports are 802.3z compliant, which is the IEEE standard for 1000Tx copper gig. My drive is connected to a GigE port via a 3ft cat 6+ cable. It performs exceptionally well, and I have the drive broken in to several partitions in Raid 1 mode since my wife and two sons have laptops.
Summary: EDIT 9/20/2011: After three years my LinkStation is still whirring away like it did the day I bought it. Still works perfectly with no problems. EDIT 1/29/2009: This thing just totally saved my data. My PC crashed over the weekend and wouldn't boot up even after I ran the Windows XP installer in Repair Mode. It just kept rebooting over and over.
Summary: I researched NAS options and read countless reviews on various products for months before taking the plunge and buying this device. I was somewhat apprehensive about what might be involved with the technical setup. I am somewhat tech-savvy, but by no means an IT expert. I wanted a NAS that I could configure to support two computers via a Linksys router. Due to limited desk space, I was forced to place this unit right beside me rather than across the room as I had hoped.