Summary: Bought this unit in 2011 and ordered 4 WD 3TB drives only to find they were incompatible. Ordered 4 Seagate 2TB Barracuda drives and installed. Unit has performed flawlessly since install - no drive errors and no failures. I would definitely buy it again.
Pros: Good price. Good performance. Reliable. Great construction.
Summary: Have not had any disk fail yet, so I cannot say how it would handle recovery. Speed seems good, but I am not running programs or databases off the machine, just using it for a backup solution.
Pros: Rock Solid. No problems with X-Raid array with disks that are not on the recommended list. I have 4x 2Tb drives in xraid. WD Caviar Green WD20EARX-00PASB0. Basically a RAID 5 I believe. On a Win2008 Small Business Server network. Using the iSCSI function and it is really smooth (after a bit of a ...
Cons: It took a little bit to figure out how to use iSCSI, and that I really needed to have each LUN only accessible from one server (corruption was happening before I figured this out). I have 3 LUNs now, and two servers connecting, but the LUNs are set so that only one server can connect to it and no...
Summary: Bought this in 02/2012 and it's been running 24/7 for over 2 months, zero downtime. Using it mainly as a file server and backup target, future plans will include using it as iSCSI target for my VMware test lab.
Pros: nice build quality, rock solid stability, quiet operation, setup software is fairly straight-forward
Cons: does not support additional drive enclosures
Summary: I have owned and deployed several ReadyNAS devices and I have found them to be reliable. If you're considering this device, check out Western Digital RE series drives. They're more expensive but they have features to mitigate vibrations that occur in multiple disk setups.
Pros: This has been a great server for our office. It's a stable, low-maintenance device. The backup features work well, both over LAN and WAN connections, particularly the RSYNC support. The dual-WAN ports have several teaming and failover options, to support both managed and unmanaged switches.
Pros: This product is solid. I been using it for almost one year, for home movies, and also a development environment for Oracle VM running Oracle e-Business Suites. Netgear's support has been very good.
Summary: We have extensively reviewed these units, and for small companies not wanting to invest thousands in SANs, they are the way to go. I have customers running over 10 VMs off these and they can handle the load. I am running Citrix and VMWARE off these units without problem.
Pros: I had to write this review in response to the ONE bad review. I am an IT consultant in my area and we have deployed over 30 of the ReadyNAS series (starting with the NVX up through the rack mount series) over the past 3 years and they have been nothing but stellar. We run VMs off of them, run app...
Cons: The latest firmware revs have had some minor SMB problems with Windows 7. At the moment, users running Windows 7 cannot reliably synchronize offline files to the NAS, but Win XP is just fine. This is more a Linux Windows 7 issue than a netgear issue. CIFS permissions can sometimes give problems s...