Reviews and Problems with Western Digital ShareSpace 8TB
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Ok network storage but with some faults
29 September 2010
Summary: Basically its a good NAS as long as you dont have any drive failures. What is weird is that WD packs these with green drives when they specifically recommend against using their green drives in a RAID environment due to the Time-Limited Error Recovery times being longer on desktop drives as opposed to their Raid Edition drives that cost twice as much.
Pros: Good storage solution with Raid 0, 1, 5 support. New firmware adds SSH access. User permission management across folders is a plus as well.
Cons: Drives are not hot-swappable and my initial Raid 5 build took 26 hours to complete.
Summary: I started with a WD MyBook but it would go into sleep mode everyday, requiring a restart. I needed a solution that would automatically backup data on one drive, and keep redundancy on it's own drive. This fit the bill. The unit is super quiet which surprised me. Setup took about an hour to go through all of the configuration options, however I had the drive accessible within minutes. I love the iTunes server feature, along with the Mimo remote access.
Pros: Easy to use features, Highly Configurable, Redundancy wRAID5 Config, Reliable, Super quiet
Summary: Great value, easy to set up, inexpensive reliable raid 5 storage. BUT, it has a proprietary security and remote file access structure, and that is a pain. Should be standard acl file/folder security.