Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation Mini
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Don't buy it.
7 July 2009
Summary: Don't bother. It's a physically robust device, I've been attempting to keep it running for a long time. ATTEMPTED. The instructions are manageable, but obtuse. There are also SEVERAL undocumented 'gotchas' that will have you scouring forums wondering what you did wrong, only to find the problem is some tidbit of information the manufacturer neglected to mention. The main problem is dropouts.
Summary: Very attractive idea. I bought two as backups. I set then up as 500Gb Raid 1. Both failed within 6 months. One had a motherboard problem. The other had a recurrent disk error which was resolved by reformatting twice but not the third time. Being non user serviceable you cannot replace a failed drive yourself so anything on them is lost. If you have a power cut while they are on they may well need their bios reinstalling. Not difficult but a pain.
Summary: This is a mini device, roughly the size of six packs of ciggies, 3 on top of 3 (if I'm allowed such an analogy). Sometimes small doesn't inspire confidence if you have 50,000 MP3's and 15 years of DNG photos to store, you kind of want something a bit beefier looking. However..... It doesn't seem to spin down - is this bad? Not sure, it makes me worry about its longevity. It doesn't seem to run hot though, just always warm.
Summary: I bought the white version from Amazon.co.uk, excellent service as always. I needed a simple standalone Upnp NAS to stream HQ 24/192 music around the house. The Linkstation mini certainly delivers and is near silent in operation. I have allocated the entire 1TB to storage and have attached my existing 1TB USB Hitachi Simple Drive for backup duty,the mini is silent in comparison. The entire setup performs faultlessly. 5 star recommended.
Summary: I have added this for backing up all my music and photos totaling over 250gb shared by my PC and Macbook at home and used it for about 6months. It's compact and good looking device that can easily hidden without any notice. Setting up is easy for both PC and Mac and latest firmware was downloaded and installed with no issue. So far so good. However, I have noticed that it does not spin down when there is no data access.
Summary: Initially bought the Buffalo LinkStation Mini for backing up data on my home network. Very compact, quiet, and easy to set up. You even forget its there. It also has an automatic switch on the back which enables it to switch off automatically when not in use. Note that backups with RAID 0 will allow you to use the entire 1TB of storage but RAID 1 will give you 500 GB.
Summary: Seemed to work for a while, but the day after I put some data on it, the NAS drive stopped working. Moreover, it took quite a while to figure out that there were bad sectors on the disk that caused this. Am returning it for a refund. Will add review comments on how quickly I get my refund. Process so far has been smooth.