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: 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.
Summary: Would not recommend to others. Very disappointed.
Cons: Failed after 1 month. Buffalo Tech support will not respond. Tried everything I could find online to fix. Stuck in Emergency mode. Lost a brand new 3TB drive. Could not recover even with new drive and firmware reinstalled. $300 wasted and no help available.
Pros: Stores files. Works with SMB/CIFS, can join a domain.
Cons: I'm having a hard time finding a use for this device. It has no support for r-sync, iscsi or anything else I would need a NAS to support. Sure you can hack the firmware and turn these features on, but I don't need/want that level of effort for a $120 device. Look elsewhere if you need any other features besides bare bones. You can get a much better feature set in the QNAP TS-212-E for about the same price.
Premature death, poor warranty, terrible customer service
Seamus O'Boogie, Amazon
12 March 2014
Summary: They used WD Caviar Green drives in my box. These drives have a 3 year warranty if you buy them yourself. Buffalo buys them for you and then slaps a 1 year warranty on the box and drives, essentially ripping you off 2/3 of the drive's warranty. After 16 months of very light use (4-5 hours/month, not used as a NAS, used as a second backup) disk # 2 kicked out an error then the box stopped responding at all.
Failed within 3 weeks, and no help from Buffalo Networking
27 January 2014
Summary: I got this as a network attached backup. We have 7 workstations and 2 servers backing up to this system. Setup was fairly easy and it started working like a charm. However, within 3 weeks I had a drive failure. One of the 2 drives is totally failed. We were running them as mirrored drives, so one backed the other up. Now we are running only one drive, and I am concerned about it's reliability. I tried to contact Buffalo on multiple occasions.
Summary: Me and a friend both purchased the same NAS around the same time. After a few months he started to get a blinking orange light. After going through the hassle of moving his data off to another drive he sent his in for an RMA. Shortly after, I got the blinking orange light, too. Customer service was terrible - lots of wading through automated message systems, long wait times, and unfriendly people to deal with. Within a year my friend's unit died and he lost all his data.