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 drives, which sell for more than 3x the price. Stay away from this and all WD NAS products. I love my Synology (which doesn't complain about the drives I put in it), and would send...
Amazing product. But you can't back up the server without paying a lot of money.
12 August 2013
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. Windows Server Backup (included with the Sentinel) does not support volumes larger than 2TB. When you try to back up the Sentinel to a USB drive, the Server Backup software will give you an error.
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. Within a couple weeks of using it, one of the four drives failed !!! I took it out, reseated it and saw the monitor say it was rebuilding. Within 30 minutes, it reported failure again.
Excerpt: I have had my DX4000 for about a year, and it did work out of the box for the most part. Problems came later, due to the fact that this product is actually a server based on complex, but very dated Microsoft software. As a result, when there is a problem, 1) You are left with no DX4000 documentation that can possibly help you get into the workings of the software, and so you have to read blogs meant for MS techies.
Cons: Complex Software, Complicated To Set Up, Poor Support, Slow
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 "incompatible" with any drives unless WD sanctions it. It will not accept any non-WD drives nor any WD drives that are not on the compatibility list. Lastly, WD's kits to replace...
Nice hardware but all of the downside of using Windows and lengthy RAID rebuilds
14 July 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. Makes it easy to slip in a disk and there's no need for additional hardware. On the downside (although some of the complexity is hidden) this is not an easy device to manage.
Nicht immer lobenswert - tolle Optik und Verarbeitung - Rest - na ja?
Pmobile "pieterls", Amazon
2 January 2013
Summary: Aufgrund der positiven Schilderungen angeblicher Fachleute auf dieser Plattform, habe ich mich - zum Einsatz in meinem Büro - für dieses Produkt begeistern lassen. Der Begeisterung folgte der Kauf und nun die Ernüchterung. Klar, sieht das Teil toll aus und die Verarbeitung ist ordentlich - aber : Die Software nebst Bedienung sind einfach nur großer Schrott!