Pros: This 6-bay ReadyNAS storage device has been a great addition to my home network. Between files for work, family photos and videos and my large media collection I was tired of keeping track of what files were on which USB drive.
Cons: OS 6. Like everyone has said before it is really buggy and tools that were easily accessible in the past are hard to do now and I feel like I dont get enough diagnostics back. Raidar after all doesnt give me info about the device. I figured I would give this device a try thinking that people were blowing the negatives out of proportion but this is not the case. I should have just spent the extra money and got an older readyNAS from another site.
Pros: I really do like the tool-less hard drive carriers (took a little bit to figure out how to use them because there are no clear directions, but once I figured them out, they were a snap to use). Great hardware specs. Readynas tends (or at least used) to be a solid system.
Cons: Their new OS bites the big one. For example, in their old os you could do a factory reset and choose to do an x-raid 2 dual redundant system (raid 6). Now you have to have the factory reset to single redundancy (raid 5), change it from x-raid to flex-raid, destroy the raid 5 array it just built, create the raid 6 array, then convert it back to x-raid. And the best part is, once you have done that, you loose all the factory default settings and folders. They really tri...
Pros: The UI has greatly improved since the latest firmware update.
Cons: The user can still shoot themselves in the foot when setting up a TiVo server if they are not careful. However, Netgear support assures me they are putting safeguards in place to alleviate this issue.
Pros: The hardware seems to be solidly built. The overall appearance is sleek and nice, and the front panel is neat. Drive insertion/removal is quick and easy with no tools required. If it weren't for the software, this would be a great system.
Cons: ReadyNAS OS 6 is very buggy. I have run into problem after problem in the two months I've owned this. In that two months, they've had 5 firmware updates, if that's any indication of how rushed to market their software is. I honestly feel like an unpaid beta tester here. After two months, I still don't feel comfortable having this be the *only* place I store a copy of my data. After all, if they can't even get the basic UI to work right, what are the chances that they ...