Reviews and Problems with LaCie Ethernet Disk mini - Home Edition
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Greate company - poor product
M. Kelerikh, Amazon
28 October 2008
Summary: Good Greate price tag. Bad POOR software (good for not experienced user, bad for experienced user). SLOW software interface - takes 20mins to setup something that should take 2 min at the most. VERY SLOW SPEED when coping directly on to the drive (40min for 20gb file). not NTFS file system - if board inside the cover goes down you CANT copy off the date with XP.
Summary: This NAS drive worked ok when attached to a Belkin router and PC, although it was really noisy. When I upgraded to a Mac and Time Capsule (router plus backup drive), I could not get it to work at all. Even a direct connection to my iMac (bypassing the router) was ineffective. I spent a great deal of time with LaCie tech support, but they were unable to get it to work, always blaming the Apple products.
Summary: It started out so promising -- a network storage device for under $200, capable of acting as a media server and with access anywhere as long as you have internet connectivity. The read/write speed was never good, even with the laptop connected to the router on a wire. The read/write speed of my iOmega portable external drive, connected via USB, was blazingly fast in comparison. Nevermind wireless (54-mbps g network) -- I rather watch the paint dry.
Summary: This drive makes a racket even when no one uses it. I'm not sure what it is busy doing, but I would think it should go into an idle mode most of the time. It does not appear to do that. I have only owned it for a month and have not figured out if there is a configuration step I missed. Another detraction is that it requires a software install for another machine to look at the drive as a simple drive.
Summary: It works OK for streaming music to my Roku Soundbridge. Accessing files from work via the internet also works. However, the backup software included is weak and bare-bones. After reading the forums on the Axentra website (they make the HipServ software), it's clear this is a first generation product. I think I should have bought an NAS from Buffalo Technology instead.