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First deal post so please be gentle :)

I've been keeping an eye out for RAID capable NAS for several months now, mainly checking out QNap and Thecus boxen but I discovered this a few weeks' ago and it's now back in stock.

It's DLNA capable so can stream to your 360 or PS3 consoles and seems to fare well in reviews even at its original asking price.

At this price, it's less than many 2Tb or completely unpopulated NAS chassis and less than amazon are currently selling it for (£436)

Two online reviews:
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=113569
http://www.wired.com/reviews/product/buffalo_linkstation_quad

Amazon for comparison:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Buffalo-Linkstation-Network-Attached-Storage/dp/B001N87V2S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1259773691&sr=8-1
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#1
So.... much.... space!
#2
MBeeching
So.... much.... space!


...and just as "Mininova limits its activities to Content Distribution service" :(

...and as the PlayStation Store pay-per-view movie services starts.

Coincidence?

Hmmm....


BFN,

fp.
#3
I've had my eye on one of these for a while now & play is the cheapest I can find it too - it has been this price at play for a while - there is an ebay shop selling for £400 where my mate got his from.

I'm gonna have to wait until March really though to afford it.

Looks to be ideal for me to keep all my high def media on to stream to the HTPC :)
#4
Really want something like this, but alas don't have the cash, lol.
#5


So I hear. Not used torrents for a few years though :thumbsup:
#6
MBeeching
So.... much.... space!


It's 3TB raided - you won't be long filling that up if you stream HD :-(
#7
It's 3TB raided - you won't be long filling that up if you stream HD


yeah I know! I think it's less than that too 2.75TB is pretty much what your left with if you RAID5 it. Much more than I have now though! I have to keep delting stuff at the moment to fit new stuff on & I defo can't afford more than £400 just for storage!

My TV only does 720p so each movie is between 4-8gb
#8
Gez777
It's 3TB raided - you won't be long filling that up if you stream HD :-(


Well, you can always get the 8Tb one for £1050 :)
#9
good though you dont get an os and what processor, memory does it have...how does it really do RAID (some have their variations of raid like xraid)
i did have an hp medismart server - concept great, looked nice, price was okish at £429 with 1tb and windows home server os but it was the issues i encoutered that hacked me off to the point it wouldnt work.....so i returned it
but for those that dont need that much storage you can get the netgear nas drive with 1 pre installed and a 2nd free drive for about £180
#10
Torrents are eventually going to change so the idiots at the music and movie industries can't track the uploaders and downloaders anyway :-D

And Royals has a point. If you have an old PC then why not just bung some hard disks in and stick Linux on there with Samba and whatever you need. Should be cheaper and better than this.
#11
anewman
And Royals has a point. If you have an old PC then why not just bung some hard disks in and stick Linux on there with Samba and whatever you need. Should be cheaper and better than this.


Aye, if you've the time and skills then building your own box will give you something more capable and quite possibly cheaper. That's actually where I'm coming from now, a few years ago I built myself a MicroATX box crammed with as many drives as I could, running FC5 (shows how long ago it was). I'm older and lazier now, though, and like the thought that this box is just going to turn up, I'm going to flip a switch in its web interface and it's going to reformat as RAID5 and sit there humming to itself with little to no maintenance required.
#12
I can't see many people buying this for the torrent service - don't most people use SSL newsgroups now anyway but that aside wouldn't this be a lot better than an old PC with some drives in?

I have plenty of old PC's knocking around which I could stick 4x1T B drives in and use some software to do RAID 5 on them but the drives alone would cost me around £250 & I thought this NAS would give much better performance too?

The main other bonus is not having to leave another PC on all the time but thats a bit of a side bonus really.
#13
i have 10 sata hard drives in my pc and just leave it on 24/7 attached to my network as its downloading around 100GB a day from rapidshare etc (but let it sleep after an hour of no activity) i just cant see why i'd ever want one of these apart from the lower power consumption.
#14
This is actually one of the best NAS's you can buy at the moment and it features a full featured built in torrent client, nice review on it here:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/06/30/review_storage_network_buffalo_linkstation_quad/
#15
anewman


Love your Avatar..... :-D:whistling:

LOL

#16
I've been running a QNAP TS-209 (2-bay NAS) for a couple of years. Its been great - low power, totally reliable and the latest firmware update has introduced a wealth of new features. Great security/IP camera support too, if that's of use. Around £200, compatible with drives upto 1.5TB
#17
Great price for a great device, just too expensive still for me but I would love one as you can use it with Time Machine on your Mac as well.
#18
Wish I had the money, it'd render my 3TB PC server useless.
#19
Be careful, apparently you cannot put any old drives int here. I read something about needing to buy them from the manufacturer them self. Which is bizarre for a RAID product.
Take a look at Synology, which imho is great and cheap.
#20
jamadaia
Be careful, apparently you cannot put any old drives int here. I read something about needing to buy them from the manufacturer them self. Which is bizarre for a RAID product.
Take a look at Synology, which imho is great and cheap.


Which synology have you got ?

Anyone recommend a replacement for my Linkstation v2 ?
Budget is around £100 and must be hackable to run nzbget or already running some usenet client.
#21
Be careful, apparently you cannot put any old drives int here. I read something about needing to buy them from the manufacturer them self. Which is bizarre for a RAID product.
Take a look at Synology, which imho is great and cheap.


Which synology model would be the closest comparison? Do you mean something lke this?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Synology-DS409-4BAY-NAS-MULTIFUNCTION/dp/B0029O0AIC/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1259863158&sr=8-6

If so it's around £350 without any drives so would be around £550 - £600 with 4x1TB drives.

Is there a diferent model or one that comes bundled with drives?

Oh & I don't suppose you have a link to the not taking certain drives issues - I've not seen anything about that & have been reading quite a few reviews of it?

Thanks,
worto.

edit - this looks interesting too http://www.amazon.co.uk/Drobo-Bay-FW800-Storage-Array/dp/tech-data/B001CSZMRK/ref=de_a_smtd looks like I'll be spending the next couple of months reading up on these while I save up enough money to buy one of them!
#22
jamadaia;7093606
Be careful, apparently you cannot put any old drives int here. I read something about needing to buy them from the manufacturer them self. Which is bizarre for a RAID product.
Take a look at Synology, which imho is great and cheap.


You have a really good point there. Seems you can't just swap out a faulty drive with any brand... it has to be one of theirs for £132 onwards, here's a range of companies: http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=LS-Q4.0TL%2FR5+replacement&hl=en

So, anyone thinking of getting one should also consider cost / choice of replacement drives. Good deal though as it's one of the cheapest 4TB NAS with RAID5 out there.
#23
hummm - thanks guys - thats a potential show stopper for me - I wanted to be able to upgrade this to 2TB disks at a later date.

I need to work out how long 3TB will last me and decide if it's worth it or if I'm better off spending a bit more on something more upgradeable.
#24
it's gone up to £494.99 now.

It's £436.15 at amazon & there is an ebay shop selling it for £400.
#25
and what do you propose you back this much space with ??
#26
and what do you propose you back this much space with ??


what on earth does that mean?
#27
worto03
what on earth does that mean?

I'm sure you're capable of reconstructing the missing word :roll:

As he said, how do you intend to backup your 4TB of data ? It's a lot of data to lose when something goes wrong !
#28
Exactly you would have to buy another on just to back it up
#29
I'm sure you're capable of reconstructing the missing word


lol - sorry I must have been having a slow moment!

If it's configured as RAID 5 it doesn't really need to be backed up - you are protected from drive failure as long as only 1 drive dies and you replace it before another one does anway.

For me it's only to store media files so if 2 drives failed at the same time then yes it would be a pain and I'd loose a lot of data but it's nothing that can't be replaced.
#30
worto03
If it's configured as RAID 5 it doesn't really need to be backed up - you are protected from drive failure as long as only 1 drive dies and you replace it before another one does anway.

For me it's only to store media files so if 2 drives failed at the same time then yes it would be a pain and I'd loose a lot of data but it's nothing that can't be replaced.


The unit isn't fire, flood, or theft-proof though, I don't think.

BFN,

fp.
#31
obviously but how many of you have off site backups for your media collection?

I'm more interested in the replacement drives issue mentioned above.
#32
worto03
obviously but how many of you have off site backups for your media collection?

I'm more interested in the replacement drives issue mentioned above.


Why presume only media files are being stored on these devices?

(And I have off-site backups; do you not?)

BFN,

fp.
#33
Why presume only media files are being stored on these devices?

(And I have off-site backups; do you not?)

BFN,

fp.


Because I've stated several times in this thread that thats all I want to store on this device - I don't really care what other people want to store on them.

Yes I have offsite backups of my most important files but not my media files which is what I'm talking about.

Even in one of the posts you replied to I said :-
For me it's only to store media files so if 2 drives failed at the same time then yes it would be a pain and I'd loose a lot of data but it's nothing that can't be replaced.
#34
worto03
Because I've stated several times in this thread that thats all I want to store on this device - I don't really care what other people want to store on them.

Yes I have offsite backups of my most important files but not my media files which is what I'm talking about.

Even in one of the posts you replied to I said :-


Sorry, I didn't realise Buffalo was manufacturing products just for you.

BFN,

fp.
#35
why are you being such a [email protected]?

Did I ever suggest they made products just for me - I'm obviously going to look at the product for what I want to use it for. Why would I buy it based on what someone else might want to do with it?

I've been patient with you but you seem to have nothing helpful to say at all. I don't see how your comments here woiuld help anybody?
#36
worto03
why are you being such a [email protected]?

Did I ever suggest they made products just for me - I'm obviously going to look at the product for what I want to use it for. Why would I buy it based on what someone else might want to do with it?

I've been patient with you but you seem to have nothing helpful to say at all. I don't see how your comments here woiuld help anybody?


Thanks for your patience. I'm so grateful. Forget I commented at all.

BFN,

fp.

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