Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4000 (WDBLGT0040KBK/WDBLGT0060KBK/WDBLGT0080KBK/WDBLGT0120KBK/WDBLGT0160KBK )
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MARK E., Newegg
28 May 2015
Pros: Nice box with some nice features.
Cons: First I had one drive fail. Had to deal with WD on that. Lucky for me everything went fairly smooth in the return. Then be careful when trying to expand the storage on this unit. Frustrating to find any drives for expansion that WD lists that are compatible for the unit. I bought the 2X2TB Sentin...
Summary: Went to get failed drive RMA'd. Plugged in Ser# of drive and it said it was "Not in Warranty!! Brand new unit! Now have to go through the hassle of contacting support and all the added waste of time...(waiting for response). Very disappointing that they do not test before leaving factory.
Pros: Small, runs Windows 2008-R2. Nice features.
Cons: Got 4TB unit 2 x 2TB drives. One drive failed before I even used it. And these are supposed to be Western Digital's Enterprise class drives. Pretty said start. At least I can boot & setup machine with one drive. Was supposed to have on-line this week.
A compromised device with an infuriating compatible drive policy
Ian B., Newegg
29 November 2013
Pros: Well, it works. Rebuilds RAID arrays quickly after a drive failure/replacement. Runs Windows, so can run Windows software on top of the device, which is kind of great (I am running Crashplan and specialized remote access software on mine).
Cons: There is one huge, fatal flaw in this product. It will only work with a very select set of specialty HDDs! You would think that a Western Digital NAS would work with Western Digital's NAS drives (RED line) at the very least. Unfortunately, no, you have to try to find these strange supported drive...
Cons: Firstly, It cannot handle any load. With 2 gigs of ram, it barely runs its os, Windows Storage Server (basically 2008 R2 without certain roles available like AD controlling). At idle, it is using 72% of the physical memory and it has over 4 gigs of virtual memory on the array. Secondly, it is "in...
Summary: I bought the 8 TB version of this a few weeks ago and was excited that I would have a safe place for all my files. I had outgrown my home-made 4 TB NAS and was interested in the low-power, self-monitoring, and internet-ready features.
Amazing product. But you can't back up the server without paying a lot of money.
9 September 2012
Summary: The Sentinel DX40000 is an amazing product. The integration with Windows Storage Server 2008 is the best I have ever seen. Setting up backup on remote computers is incredibly easy, and it's not that hard to use. However, it has one fatal flaw.
Summary: Works perfectly as long as you don't reboot or modify the OS in any way. Problem is, Windows requires security updates. Security updates killed the OS. Spent all day on phone with "support" and they don't even know how their own restore process works.
Nice hardware but all of the downside of using Windows and lengthy RAID rebuilds
9 September 2012
Summary: This is my fourth NAS. The others have been Readynas and Synology. This is also my first Windows-based NAS so part of my review involves a comparison with the Linux based NAS units. Overall I have to say that I'm disappointed. The hardware looks solid and I really like the trayless bays.