Summary: I have been limping along with this thing for several years, and it has NEVER performed as I would have liked. Today I got a Kernel Panic, so it looks like I'll be buying a new system which will NOT be Netgear. Customer service is crappy (and just to get it requires hours of hoop-jumping).
Summary: I must say I was pleased with this product, until one disk failed. Initially I didn't know a disk had failed, the unit just failed to boot. Which is why I bough it right? In case of one disk failing, it should continue operating until I replace the disk, YEAH RIGHT!
Summary: I ordered this NAS around last year and added three 2TB drives to it. It started out working fine except the fan, when the controller decides to spool up, is ridiculously NOISY, like a jet engine. So you can't place it in your office or near your media gear.
Summary: This NAS is reliable, and I give it that. Transfer speed is completely unacceptable. Sub 10 MB/s for reads and writes from a single computer using it. Could be having the most recent firmware installed. This unit is populated with 4 x 2 TB Western Digital 5400 RPM drives in an X-RAID setup.
Summary: Bought two of these via Amazon in September of 2010. Bought four more from other vendors, for a grand total of six units, over the next year. All six units performed flawlessly through December of 2011.
Summary: I'm sure I got unlucky with bad hardware. 7+ days to respond to support ticket is not acceptable. I never got the hardware working. Newegg customer service and return process is awesome!!!!
Pros: I can't think of any pro's except the description of what the device offers is excellent.
Cons: On first boot the device booted up with Bad Firmware error on the LCD. Submitted a support case online (netgear.com). It took netgear 7 + days to respond to my question with links to FAQ's vs. solution. I read the FAQ's before contacting online support.
Summary: This product is not market ready. 3/15/2012. It is not working as advertised. It is not functioning properly. I am experiencing repeated errors and the device has serious performance issues. Set up is a breeze, even a caveman can do it.
Summary: Waste of time and source of frustration. Manufacturer lies about its capabilities by including software that is still in beta stage and is needed to recognize 2TB drives. Just as a personal remark: If the software is stable and reliable then it should be escalated to a supported stage instead of...
Pros: Unit has support for 4 hard drives. Rather quiet when the fans spin down to normal running speed.
Cons: Does not support support hard disks bigger than 1.5TB without use of beta interface software. Interface software feels clunky and offers little in the ways of controlling the volume. It is a trick to get the unit to create a volume in something other than X-RAID. None of the printed documentation...