Summary: Got one of these about a couple of years ago and its worked well. Mine is a v1 (SPARC architecture), and as such, it is limited by hardware to a maximum of 2TB drives. If you are adventurous and attempt to use 3TB drives, they are only recognized as 750GB, so you can't even use them in a pinch if you have no 2TB drives. System works relatively well, but has hung several times when attempting to copy large files to it...not sure why.
Summary: I won't repeat much of what's already been said in the other reviews in other pages, but to summarise, I've been using this ReadyNAS for over 3 - 4 years now, so my review is based on proper hectic usage rather than out-of-the-box or 1 month usage. Overall, i'm very impressed with its performance and ease of use. It's solid, sturdy (bit heavy but i like)..
Summary: I own two NV+ v1 boxes for the last three years. It's a great (but slow) product with lots of features and functional add-ons. One of my boxes is dedicated for media streaming and usually ON during the 6pm-2am timeframe. The other box is just for backups. Holding all the personal files plus serving as a TimeMachine server for Macs in the house. The biggest problem with the Readynas is that it works great until it breaks.
Summary: I purchased this same model when it was manufactured as Infrant. I purchased that one in 2007. I shouldn't say anything, lest I jinx it, but it has been humming along steadily ever since. I purchased this Netgear version in early 2011. Thus far, it has been replaced twice, meaning I am on my fourth chassis. The last one I received from them was pretty beat up, meaning that it wasn't new, so someone else has had the same problem at least once.
Summary: I have an Infrant ReadyNAS NV that has served as a file server for my household as well as a music streaming server for my SlimDevices Squeezebox. It has been running continuously since mid-2006. The USB backup has functioned perfectly. Those who complain about the backup destroying their data on the NAS have probably confused the Source and Target when setting up the backup so that when the process kicks off, it is restoring a blank backup drive to the NAS containing...
Summary: Would not recommend this product if you are planning on using disk mirrors. I purchased this to replace a HP Media server. Going back to the Media server based on performance of this unit. Write times are very slow when you set up disk mirrors on this device, I am using 7200rpm drives in this unit.
Summary: I bought this to use it to store video files for my media center system, I installed four 2TB Western Digital Cavier Green Hard drives. I immediately was having performance issues, so I replaced my D-Link gigabit switch for a Netgear GS724T-300 - ProSafe® 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch which was on the compatiblity list for the NAS, I also upgraded the memory on the NAS from the default 256MB to the max of 1GB.
Summary: I've been using an NV+ for 3 1/2 years. Originally with four Seagate 500s and now with four 1.5 TB drives. It's never once failed which of course is very good. But I can't speak for its recovery abilities. Overall I'm very pleased. I do wish it were a little quicker to spin up, but that could be the drives as well as the NV+ itself. Infrant/Netgear have been good with updates (for instance Time Machine support). I do wish the throughput were faster.
Summary: Tons of space to store all the pictures and music and everything else. I feel a lot better now about the safety of my data after nearly losing everything from a faulty USB drive sitting next to my machine. After that I didn't think I could put a price on more security. BUT: Performance on this device is VERY poor when you access it from a Vista machine -particularly a Wireless Vista laptop.
Summary: The ReadyNAS is a wonderful idea - abundant storage available on your network without requiring an additional computer. Additionally, this unit supports a wealth of streaming media protocols (e.g. iTunes, RTSP, etc.) and the standard services you'd want in a server (FTP, HTTP, rsync). It's as if a room full of computer geeks who love media designed this device. That said, it's not perfect. The fan is too loud.