Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo
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Shannon H., Newegg
16 December 2009
Pros: So far has been dependable. Easy setup
Cons: I purchased this for raid 1 so I could have redundancy. I just found out if one of the drives fail the unit will not operate. What is the point if it cant operate off of one hard drive?? Where is the redundancy raid 1 normally provides?
Summary: Buy one because of low cost and hope for the best... Buffalo is NOT making a good impression. I am looking for another brand with better reliability. On hold for tech support call at 9am, 15min. On hold for tech support call at 12pm over ONE Hr.
Pros: GB nic, plug and play unit when it works
Cons: Had one give out after 2yrs of use (500gb non raid) and now after 2 months its replacement gives out too. Flashing power light and no way to access data. Included software is a joke.
Summary: Plan on replacing the cooling fan if you buy one of these, the default design is a joke with having Samsung super-hot-500GB drives in there.
Pros: The *nix on top is nice, as other users say it takes awhile to power on and off, doesn't bother me. The AD-integration is cool, but if you're using that you should go with an enterprise solution. Price is great, however...remember ma said you usually get what you pay for.
Cons: Shipped with fw v1.02 which didn't work at all. Reflashing to 1.06 made it last a year until the RAID1 failed. The RAID1 array worked ~6months until Hard Drive 1 failed (overheating, man these SAMSUNGs get HOT) and the file shares stopped working. I went into the UI and it said I couldn't pull da...
Summary: This may not be a deal breaker to some, but if you want to back up large media files or permissions are an important part of what you are doing look elsewhere. A simple external USB drive works better than this. Or spend a few extra bucks and cobble together your own, you'll have more features.
Pros: Works great for windows. Lot of bang for the buck, network ready. Reasonably speedy, quiet, nice web interface. I'm using it in Raid 1 for redundancy.
Cons: Doesn't work well with linux (Debian or Ubuntu). Chokes on large (>2G) files, which interferes with backups (possibly ext2 filesystem?). Your rsync backups will fail silently. Doesn't seem to deal with permissions well. You will not be able to preserve permissions on backed up files.
Summary: Searching for workarounds on google, I found several forum posts where consumers had contacted buffalo support, and apparently buffalo has no intention of fixing this with a software update. Hopefully I can recoup most of my money on e-bay...
Pros: Lots of space.
Cons: 128 character filesize limitation, which includes the directory structure. It's 2008, and even your basic home computer running OSX or Vista will have directory structures that exceed 128 characters. I bought this for use as a network backup device, but I can't do full disk backups with such a ri...
Cons: Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo runs on Linux OS which limits the max. path/filename length to 128 characters. This turns out to be a nightmare when copying tens of thousands of files with path structure intact from Windows XP/Vista (which allows for twice the path length). After 10 to 15 hours of tr...
Summary: Please be careful. I don't want to see the same thing happen to other people. There is more then just price that is important and RAID does not mean safe when there is a disclosure on the bottom of the packaging saying they are not responsible for lost data due to failure.
Pros: It is the cheapest RAID 1 NAS out there. Two SATA drives inside.
Cons: I had to pay $50 to have a Unix/Linux savy tech specialist restore my data after the ROM chip failed on this unit. You will most likely brick this NAS if you try to use the auto shutdown and wake on the R1 unit (R3 ROM version is already available). I had it no more then a week and the unit would...