Does not work with Western Digital Advanced Format Drives
18 January 2011
Summary: Just an FYI: After a few email rounds with DLink Tech Support, they confirmed that this product is incompatible with the Western Digital Caviar Green drives with Advanced Format. They have no plans to resolve this issue.
Summary: Who am I to argue with over 200 other reviews? Also, I'm not an expert user, so I can only comment on my own experiences. The DNS-323 has been available for nearly four years years, so you have to assume that at least some people have found it to be useful. In my experience, it's the best solution at anywhere near the price. Right now, a DNS-323 and two 1 TB Seagate drives cost me a total of $264 (with free shipping using Amazon Prime).
Summary: D-link has advised me after 5 failed attempts (all varied) to format the two WD 2TB Caviar Green drives that DNS-323 is not compatible with WD's advanced format system and they do not intend on making any changes. I intend on returning everything. The front panel push button on the DNS-323 does not work, just removed cover, but now it goes back as well. BTW, I have 2 other DNS-323s on my network both running Seagate 1 TB Raid 1 drives and they work GREAT.
Excellent product. Be careful with some HDs incompatibility!
Alexander Hananias P, Amazon
6 December 2010
Summary: This device offers an excellent solution for data storage for a home wireless network. I wanted to be able to turn-off the desktop PC I was using as data server because it's not an energy efficient solution. Instead I bought this NAS and could not be more happy. The NAS is completely made of aluminum, it's kind of small, and has a lot of features. But beware of some Hard Drives that are not compatible with this or any NAS, specially regarding RAID setups.
Summary: Nice little device. Does it's job and does it great! It is a bit underpowered and therefore transfer rate is a not very fast, but it loads 100mbps network on 95%. I bet with gigabyte connection you will receive more than 8-9 MBps. What i really love about this black box is that it is linux based and totally customizable. There are numerous blogs and wikis about this particular device, a lot of experienced people can give you feedback if you encounter any trouble.
Summary: Bought this NAS because it said it had a built in UPNP media server and I wanted that functionality for my PS3. While it does have a media server it fails to index all the files. I have several hundred videos all done with the same video codec and all in the same .mp4 enclosure. Only about 10% of them actually show up through the media server. For some reason it does not index the rest of the files.
Summary: Initially I was ecstatic with this little NAS, however on day two of setting it up the power supplies appeared to have died while connecting my third computer using the D-Link DNS-323 CD connection software. Amazon having an excellent replacement policy is replacing the product and I UPSed the defective NAS back. Providing the second product works as advertized I'm certain I'll be just as ecstatic?
Summary: Added 06-16-2013: Get new life from the DNS-323 with the third party ALT-F firmware. Since D-link ended support for this NAS, it's days have been numbered. But now there's new life for the DNS-323 with ALT-F firmware (google it). Adds 3TB drive support, and across the board improvements including RAID support and many, many more packages. Currently in revision RC-3 on this date, the firmware is very stable and worth recommending for anyone with a DNS-323.
Summary: Note #1: Use clean drives this will reformat your hard drive to their specific linux set up also if you add a second drive its recommended that you use 2 fresh drives with no data. Note #2: Well ventilate Its recommended to store in a cool well-ventilated area (if you running two drives its a must) Note #3: Transfer speed its speed of transfer data does generally depend on your network connection - at first I used 10/100 then switched to gigabyte speed and found...
Be careful what hard drives you buy to use with this unit!!!
R. S. Youngkin "Rich", Amazon
19 May 2010
Summary: Be aware that D-Link doesn't support any WD drives implementing "Advanced Formatting" technology. This includes all drives in the WD*EAR* product line. See [...] regarding the issue and [...] for a list of drives compatible with the DNS-323.