Reviews and Problems with Western Digital ShareSpace 8TB
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Nick A., Newegg
28 January 2011
Summary: I love this device. But with the amount of issues I've reviewed before and after owning this device it makes me wonder if I should buy another RAID to backup my RAID lol.
Pros: This device has one main point for its buyers. It has alot of storage for a decent price.
Cons: I've had to battle with mine to make it work properly for me. First time out of the box it booted up fine, but after a about an hour I noticed it had lost its array. Meh - Whatever it wasn't like I had anything on it. (Although it took almost 24-30 hours if my memory serves me) Now about 2 months...
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...
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: If you're only interested in this for backup/storage you're getting a solid NAS. If you are inticed by the extra bells and whistles it offers, don't be.
Pros: Drives are working great, no errors in transfering data. Keeps running and running without having to do re-starts. Streaming from it to my PS3 works fine over wireless g speed.
Cons: The supplemental services such as being an iTunes repository don't work great, have to re-start the service to get it to work properly for both Mac and Win machines. Also the internet radio streaming hasn't worked at all since I've had it.
Pros: Simple installation and configuration. Good documentation online if you want to do more advanced things than just CIFS/NFS/FTP connections.
Cons: This is CRUCIAL: It only supports Active Directory 2003. The AD features are unusable in any Windows Server 2008 environment. One other minor things is that it comes preset to RAID 0 Span instead the more common and useful RAID 0 Stripe or RAID 1 Mirror.
Summary: It's possible WD has fixed this firmware issue, or added a way to manually connect via USB to a working PC with firmware patch or default drive images. Just losing drive data would be preferable to waiting through the RMA process, which (in fairness to WD) was fairly painless and fast.
Pros: Simple setup, good connection / transfer speeds, logical file organization. Features like iTunes library management are also a nice addition for media players and network sharing.
Cons: It is very possible to hose these units beyond restoration. Perhaps the firmware has changed in the last year, but during a routine network ID change, the unit dropped connectivity and would not allow ANY access via any account. The 'reset' functionality only resets the access defaults, NOT the n...
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.
Summary: Put this baby on a UPS and make sure it auto shuts-down so you don't lose all of your data.
Pros: RAID 5 backup works well on my Gig network. Price per Gig is much better than Beefalo Tera stuff. Fairly quiet for a NAS unit. Small footprint.
Cons: In my search for power consumption reduction from running several servers, I purchased the 8TB version in September from D**l. Shortly thereafter, I experienced several power drops in the neighborhood. Drive 1 fell out of the array. After I shut the unit down before rebuilding the array, when it ...
Summary: If your NAS does not recognize a USB drive and/or won't create the sharepoint. Do this: 1) Either reformat the drive in the NAS iteself (warning it only formats in Fat32). 2) Plug the drive back into a Windows PC (no clue on how to fix this in unix).
Pros: Ease of Use, Size, Power Consumption, 3yr warranty
Cons: Must use WD Green Drives! USB Ports somewhat Buggy in Sept/2009 firmware. I just picked one of these up the other day and found out a few things AFTER I purchased it that others might want to be aware of. According to several other reviews and WD Techs, if you try to plug any other brand/make of ...
Summary: Still great for backing up your PCs or archiving media files.
Pros: Gig lan, large capacity and custom share setup. For the majority of what you would get a NAS for, this does the trick.
Cons: The media sharing services on this timeout/shutdown after not being used for a short period of time. I'm constantly having to go in to the GUI to restart them, this is even after the latest update.