Netgear ReadyNAS 312 2 Bay Network Attached Storage (No Disks)
S. Wilson, Amazon
14 August 2013
Summary: Before you start reading this review I would like to let you know I am a complete novice when it comes to in-depth IT so apologies for the lack of 'techie talk'. When I unpacked the Netgear ReadyNAS 312 I was naively expecting to be able to plug the device into my PC and away you go as with USB external hard drives, but this was not the case as it requires two hard disks that you need to purchase separately.
Summary: Claptonians review has done an excellent job of describing the physical setup of the device, so I won't repeat his words. I will add that it is very quiet; to give you an idea, the HDD's are noisier than the fan. I have to admit, I didn't read any instructions. I threw in a couple of 250GB drives, plugged it in and everything seemed to be pretty much work as expected, which I feel is a testament to the simplicity of the design and setup by Netgear.
Summary: This two bay device from Netgear is a fantastic introduction to the world of Network Attached Storage (NAS) for me. I have two 2T drives stored in there and am very impressed by the speed of the access from the processor and the ease of use and set up from taking it out of the box. I am always impressed by anything I get from Netgear, they always make good quality products.
Summary: The acquistion of the ReadyNAS 312 is a personal double-first; it is the first Netgear storage device that I have actually come to use and it is also the first NAS device that I have configured for my personal use. There is a list of recommended and compatible hard drive units that is available on-line from Netgear. Most NAS drives and a few others are compatible, currently up to 4TB each if you can find them; 3TB drives are more readily available and far less expensive.