Summary: Use these for network scratch space but don't put anything you will miss on them unless you place to run a job to copy them to another device for backups. Learned my lesson and we are dumping all Buffalo products and getting something more reliable.
Pros: Good price point if you don't care about unstable services and unreliable backups and recoveries...
Cons: Have two of these as well as a couple of the like designed iSCSI units. Total junk. We bought in big last Fall and have discovered that they are very high maintenance and the support people are of no help. Twice we have had units lose a drive and not be able to rebuild a RAID 5. Backup support through local USB is flaky at best. Drops connections to Windows authentication weekly... generally just a pain. Better off putting up a simple linux server or windows 2008 stor...
Cons: Buffalo Support is horrible. Couldn't connect from Windows 2008 servers as a CIFS/UNC path share. Support put me on hold for approx. 1 hour and hung up - 2 times. If they can't support connecting from a windows machine - they shouldn't advertise that they can.
Summary: NFS DOES NOT work on this device. We just got off the phone with the Buffalo tech support. He said tech support doesn't support Linux clients. (So what is NFS good for?) When we started talking just about NFS, he chuckled and said "good luck." When we asked why, he said it doesn't work all that well. Then we asked him what specifically doesn't work well and he hung up on us.
Pros: None. Will be returning this unit.
Cons: Every interaction I've ever had with Buffalo's customer support has been terrible. The last one regarding this new Terastation was the worst.
Cons: Could not even start testing because Drive 2 & 3 were not secured when we opened the box only to find out that Bay 3 was damaged in the back (probably from the drive not being secured during shipment) so I could not get the drive to seat. Had to send it back. Funny thing the replacement unit also had Drives 2 and 3 unsecured and part way out when we opened the box. however this time it looks like there is no Damage to the Backplane of the device as both drives seated ...
Pros: With some coaxing, it will join domain and use Active Directory. It will allow web access (but see Cons). It can backup to an external USB drive (actually I will find out for sure when I check the drive on Monday morning)..
Cons: It has been flaking holding onto the domain. Although it allows web access along side Active Directory, it cannot use the AD user names and passwords, so you must set up unique user names. If Joe Smith is jsmith in AD, he's smithj for web access.
Summary: When I searched for this item (TS-OPHD-H3.0T) via Google, it reported that Amazon had it NEW for $69.95. When you follow the link to Amazon not only is the price wrong ($259)but it's not even the correct drive. Note that the correct drive has a carrier tray that allows you to swap the drive into the Terastation Pro II chassis. This is a bare drive. A really really overpriced bare drive at that. Run fast and run far from this Amazon item.