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 have been developing a problem with video files. I have too many. My family has had several video cameras now for 15 years. Recently I purchased a Panasonic Hi-Def digital video camera. It records to SD cards, which fill up quickly. I have been recording the lives of my children as they grow and almost every sporting event they participate. I also converted our old and degrading Digital Video tapes to digital files. The insanity of it all is becoming clear.
Summary: As the title indicates the setup for this network drive was very simple and did not have any issues accessing it from XP, Vista, and Windows 7 laptops. The next hurdle will be trying to access it from my Linux laptop. The only issues was trying to access the data from a remote location. The software provided links you to a file sharing company which charges a monthly fee. However, they do not support 64-bit operating systems.
Summary: Very disappointed that the sharespace does not work with external USB drives formatted in NTFS. I've had two different sharespaces's and both exhibited the same problem. Neither sharespace was able to share out a NTFS formatted USB drive. After hours of working with WD tech support and receiving a second sharespace from WD RMA department I'm left without this so called feature! The sharespace also has very slow transfer rates.