Summary: I have setup two of these over the last year and it is the most bang for the buck and way more expandable than the boxes with only two hard drives. With RAID X you get complete redundancy and you can use 6GB of the 8GB capacity. You can also start with one or two drives and add more later. You need two drives to have redundancy though. I found it cheaper to buy the empty NAS and buy my own drives. I get the Western Digital 2GB Green drives on Amazon for $79 each.
Summary: I bought the diskless version of this Readynas NV+. I bought two Seagate 2TB drives to go with it. First thoughts: When we unpackaged the NAS it pretty much looked like a little toaster. However much heavier. It felt strong and durable. The documents provided consisted of a small introduction guide. It walks you through the steps of setting it up. It doesn't go into too much detail. Assembly: Read the doco quick and put my two drives into the drive bays.
Summary: My Readynas NV+ has been the centerpiece of my home photo/video/music library for about a year now. It just works and I have had no issues with it thus far. Just like any other consumer device, you need to make sure you read the instructions before using and you need to make sure you get a device that is functioning correctly. DOA and faulty units do get out there and do not reflect the true capabilities of the product.
Summary: Before purchasing the Netgear NV+, I had 3 network attached storage devices, so this Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ makes my fourth. I also own the Acer Aspire easyStore H340 for use at home and two Buffalo TeraStation units for use at work. All of these have a four hard drive capacity. I have only had the Netgear unit up and running for a few days, but of the four units I own the Netgear seems to be the best.
Summary: Purchased to temporarily replace another NV+. Worked perfectly the first time. Installed the old NV+s drives, booted, initialized, and started working. Capable of using drives up to 2TB for a total of 6TB usable.
Summary: I've been using a company-owned device for over 6 months and liked it enough to purchase one for myself. While somewhat pricier than certain competitors (e.g. Drobo), it also has a much more extensive feature list. Personally, I use this device to share files between an iMac, a PowerBook, two PCs and my network media player (Zensonic Z500).
Great NAS Network Storage - A must have for any small network
12 January 2008
Summary: I have owned mine for 10 months now, am back here to buy another. Will actually buy a 3rd soon to gift to my parents. Why do I love this thing? I used to use USB external hard drives to back-up data, but about 50% of the time after a few years those would die on me, and I have a lot of computers in my house and needed a lot of those to do not as much as one of these does.
Summary: I've owned this device for only 2 weeks. Purchased with 4 Seagate 750GB Baracudas running in X-Raid (similar to Raid 5). It took longer to un-box the hard-drives than it was to install them in the drive trays. Setup was a snap, easy web interface to the device. Running on a Gigabit Ethernet and am able to sustain around 30 MB/s read and write on larger files (dvd rips, etc) and around 15 MB/s on small files (pics & mp3's).
Summary: I needed back up storage to use with Time Machine, saw this product was Mac comparable and purchased, first of all could no see the device, finally sorted that out, and tried to set Time Machine settings in the Netgear Control Panel, but it gave a minus storage capacity figure, tried to see if there was any upgrades but could not get then to download using Safari.
Summary: This unit is superbly made - no cheap plastic - it is solid. I bought it separate to the hard drives so, without any experience of setting these units up, I had to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS then fit the four hard drives and go through the set up procedure. I had to email the Netgear support with a question, the support engineer actually phoned me back about half an hour later to talk the problem through - how much better service can you get than that.