The best gets better...(linux kernel 2.6.33 and more!)
Michael Tiemann, Amazon
23 July 2010
Summary: I liked the QNAP Pro 4-Bay Desktop Network Attached Server TS-459 that I was able to justify the purchase a second array pretty easily. Purchasing the TS-659 enabled me to put the advice from the review I did for the TS-459 into action. Namely, I purchased 2x2TB drives (the excellent Western Digital 2 TB RE4 SATA 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive WD2003FYYS products) and then proceeded to rebalance/reconfigure my arrays to what I should have done the...
Summary: Have the TS-659 Pro for around 2 weeks now. This is a great NAS. I put 5 Samsung 2TB drives in RAID 6, and things are running smoothly. This is my first NAS, so I have nothing to compare to. But it was very easy to setup and the Qnap forum helps a lot too. Performance is not as good as I expected from reviews (I am getting only 30MB/sec write and ~40MB/sec read), but maybe it's due to the RAID 6 setup and I am using Cat5 cables (just ordered some Cat6 cables from...
All the features work great.. except RAID expansion
23 July 2010
Summary: I have tested almost every feature on the RAID. Some just for fun. My day job is working with networks and servers. This device is really flexible for the home or small office. In my testing put a bunch of data on a four disk RAID. I then tried the RAID expansion to replace the disk with larger disks. The process worked until the last drive. The disk would not replace properly. So I rebuilt the RAID and replaced in a different order.
Summary: Is the product worth the money? Yes -- no doubt in my mind. I have and use the smaller NAS products that use 2 disks and find them slow and limiting. I installed the QNAP product on Monday and as of early this morning (Wednesday) I have all my home systems backed-up including my 50,000+ RAW digital photos. I was very organized before so it was mostly copying directories and running my backup system to create current disk images (ready for a recovery).
Summary: Please note that this review relates to the TS-639 Pro Turbo, but as this is identical functionally to the TS-659 minus the Vmware virtualization support, I hope you will find this of interest: I bought my QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo to house my ever growing collection of 100,000+ photos, ISO DVD images, emails, FLAC audio files, home movie captures and years of assorted personal files and software. This currently totals around 6TB, so I needed some serious storage capacity.