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#2
nice deal but not so sure on the retailer as heard lots of issues with them, ordered mine from dabs.com this morning i used a code they emailed to me for £10 off so mine was £143.84 delivered.

The codes were email specific. Think you have to be on their mailing list .
#3
Does anyone know what the maximum capacity is? e.g. could you use 2 x 2TB drives?
1 Like #4
nicks99;5742802
Does anyone know what the maximum capacity is? e.g. could you use 2 x 2TB drives?


I have one of these and find it great to work with, good for downloading when the PC is switched off through an inbuilt torrent application.

Check the link below, it shows the drives that Netgear support, although folks on forums have mentioned that they have used other drives with success.

1.5 TB is the top limit at the moment for drives that Netgear support.

http://www.readynas.com/?page_id=82

Hope this is of some help :thumbsup:
#5
Thanks
#6
can these be hacked with custom firmware / distro's ?
#7
Does anyone know what brand of HDD is supplied?
#8
I know i'm asking too much, but for £150, I would be hoping to find a NAS with support for 4 drives, but i know i'm not being realistic.
#9
2 is too little for me. i have 8x1tb drives in pc at moment and until i can equal that in a nas, then i m not interested.
#10
dt_matthews
can these be hacked with custom firmware / distro's ?


You don't need to. If you have a look on their forums there is loads of add ons that will do nearly everything you would want.
#11
Can you run Slimcenter on one of these?
#12
they're not on the netgear resleller list. Can you still claim the drive ??
#13
I might be wrong but it looks like it doesnt come with any hard-drives (you send off for the 500GB one). In which case its a bit pricey.

I bought an HP NAS 8 or 9 moths ago with a 500GB drive already fitted for around £70. The build quality of mine is superb and the support has been spot on when I ahve needed it. So, this one coming out at double the price seems a bit steep if you ask me. I cant see what this can do that other NAS's cant.
#14
Could I set this up to automatically download rapidshare stuff?
#15
msharif911
I might be wrong but it looks like it doesnt come with any hard-drives (you send off for the 500GB one). In which case its a bit pricey.

I bought an HP NAS 8 or 9 moths ago with a 500GB drive already fitted for around £70. The build quality of mine is superb and the support has been spot on when I ahve needed it. So, this one coming out at double the price seems a bit steep if you ask me. I cant see what this can do that other NAS's cant.


Raid?
#16
joylove
Does anyone know what brand of HDD is supplied?



I bought mine the other week........ but rang Netgear to find out.......Here's my quote from the other thread

"I've just spoken with Netgear to see if I could purchase a matching HDD to the one they supply with the offer. Unfortunately not, but the VERY helpful lady gave me the name/spec of the HDD:

Seagate Barracuda ST3500418AS 7200.12 / 500GB 7200RPM / 3.5" Internal SATA Hard Drive

Which can be found here

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/954541...e/Product.html

:D

Happy days !!"

Phil

PS, the Play link doesn't work anymore...... :s
#17
Legacy

Which can be found here

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/954541...e/Product.html

:D

Happy days !!"

Phil

PS, the Play link doesn't work anymore...... :s


How about this link
#18
msharif911
I bought an HP NAS 8 or 9 moths ago with a 500GB drive already fitted for around £70. The build quality of mine is superb and the support has been spot on when I ahve needed it. So, this one coming out at double the price seems a bit steep if you ask me. I cant see what this can do that other NAS's cant.

Info? Link? Interested in this HP NAS as I'm sure other will be.
#19
Legacy
I bought mine the other week........ but rang Netgear to find out.......Here's my quote from the other thread

"I've just spoken with Netgear to see if I could purchase a matching HDD to the one they supply with the offer. Unfortunately not, but the VERY helpful lady gave me the name/spec of the HDD:

Seagate Barracuda ST3500418AS 7200.12 / 500GB 7200RPM / 3.5" Internal SATA Hard Drive
. :s


Nice one :thumbsup:
#20
jcooper
Can you run Slimcenter on one of these?


Google it, that's what I did and yes it does.
#21
blammo
How about this link


Spot on !:thumbsup:
#22
I've bought three of these over the last few months and they are very good.

My only complaints are that setting up passworded shares isn't as simple as it could have been. As you have to click several options to get it fully working. And backing up to an external drive sometimes takes a very long time. Though by using rsync you can speed this up.

The other features such as automatic backup's and power management are great.
#23
There have been a couple of good NAS bargains on here recently, please keep them coming.
#24
Out of stock now
#25
southwell65
I have one of these and find it great to work with, good for downloading when the PC is switched off through an inbuilt torrent application.

Check the link below, it shows the drives that Netgear support, although folks on forums have mentioned that they have used other drives with success.

1.5 TB is the top limit at the moment for drives that Netgear support.

http://www.readynas.com/?page_id=82

Hope this is of some help :thumbsup:



Strange statement. First, Netgear do not 'support' ANY hard drives in this device. They build the ReadyNAS, NOT the hard drives.

Second, Netgear runs a list of 'approved' hardware which means they have conducted extensive testing and performance is deemed to be flawless or subject to certain conditions. There are a plethora of hard drives that have NOT been tested with this device, but which work nonetheless, and the Netgear ReadyNAS forums are full of that kind of 'personal experience' led information.

Netgear will only 'recommend' mainstream branded drives, and drives which meet their own testing standards. That doesn't mean that the device itself 'does not support' other drives. The ReadyNAS through plugins and the latest firmware can now support drives 2TB or more in capacity, even though 2TB drives have not yet been 'tested to satisfaction' by Netgear, and Netgear ReadyNAS forum users also point out their own complaint - that Netgear are VERY slow to update the approved drives list.

I should also add that their only 'recommended' 1.5TB drive on that list might work like a charm in the ReadyNAS, but it is also reported as a complete dog of a hard drive for high failure rates and 'faults from factory.' So the 'list' is a recommended list, not a Gospel According to Netgear.

There are plenty users on the ReadyNAS forums who are successfully trialling, or tweeking, with 2TB drives.
#26
dt_matthews
can these be hacked with custom firmware / distro's ?


Why would you want to?

A ReadyNAS Duo does what it does, and runs the features that have been 'added on' to it by its supporting community. If you want a PC to hack and do different things with, a cheap Pentium 4 with a half gig of Ram and an 80GB hard drive is available on eBay from £35.
#27
kraven
I know i'm asking too much, but for £150, I would be hoping to find a NAS with support for 4 drives, but i know i'm not being realistic.


You're so far away from 'realistic' that you might as well be on the moon.

Network Attatched Storage is totally and utterly unnecessary for home users who might backup some photos or stream some MPEG's. It is still enterprise class equipment, and in order to get a decent, reliable RAID system you are talking megabucks for a fast appliance. By all means go and look up the price for a 4 bay ReadyNAS. I am curious, however, as to exactly how long you think its going to take you in domestic usage to fill up 4 x 2TB hard drives.

I should also point out that you can plug in up to 3 external USB hard drives to the ReadyNAS Duo, so if you worked off the theory of 2TB hard drives being cheap, you could have two internals, and three externals for a nice total of 10TB of storage attatched to a low-power domestic device.

Should also add that having 4 drives in a NAS running RAID means 'industrial sized PSU' which means more heat, more noise and a bigger unit. If you think you'll get a decent package offering that for £150 including a free 500GB drive, do let me know where you get it.
#28
SampleX
Strange statement. First, Netgear do not 'support' ANY hard drives in this device. They build the ReadyNAS, NOT the hard drives.

Second, Netgear runs a list of 'approved' hardware which means they have conducted extensive testing and performance is deemed to be flawless or subject to certain conditions. There are a plethora of hard drives that have NOT been tested with this device, but which work nonetheless, and the Netgear ReadyNAS forums are full of that kind of 'personal experience' led information.

Netgear will only 'recommend' mainstream branded drives, and drives which meet their own testing standards. That doesn't mean that the device itself 'does not support' other drives. The ReadyNAS through plugins and the latest firmware can now support drives 2TB or more in capacity, even though 2TB drives have not yet been 'tested to satisfaction' by Netgear, and Netgear ReadyNAS forum users also point out their own complaint - that Netgear are VERY slow to update the approved drives list.

I should also add that their only 'recommended' 1.5TB drive on that list might work like a charm in the ReadyNAS, but it is also reported as a complete dog of a hard drive for high failure rates and 'faults from factory.' So the 'list' is a recommended list, not a Gospel According to Netgear.

There are plenty users on the ReadyNAS forums who are successfully trialling, or tweeking, with 2TB drives.


Don't think he was implying Netgear provide tech support for any drives that you've bought elsewhere...

There is a slightly worrying statement on the installation guide, in the section on installing new HDDs: "Warning: Install only NETGEAR-approved hardware in your ReadyNAS. Failure to comply will void your warranty...." However, I'd be very surprised if they stuck to the letter on this for HDDs, unless you'd put something really odd in there.

I couldn't find definite confirmation in the forums that they'd work, but I took the risk and went for a pair of Samsung EcoGreen F2 1TBs (here). So far so good: they're really nice and quiet and staying at about 26°C according to the diagnostics. I wanted cool-running drives as apparently the stock fan is quite annoying when it's working hard - certainly sounds like a jet for the first 30s when you turn it on!
#29
Whats the noise and heat level like?
#30
Nellster
2 is too little for me. i have 8x1tb drives in pc at moment and until i can equal that in a nas, then i m not interested.


This is a post that leaves things in a strange position.

First question... Whyyyyy? If you need 8 x 1TB drives in a PC for backup and RAID it sounds like you're running an enterprise class mission-critical appliance. Presumably then you're running Windows Server 2003/2008, in which case a NAS will always offer you less functionality, or you're running FreeNAS with a high-end RAID card in said PC, in which case why do you need to look for a NAS when you've got one?

As for capacities, you can theorise 2 x 2TB RAIDed in the ReadyNAS plus 3 x 2TB external USB drives non-RAID, equalling 10TB of storage on a NAS compared to your current 8TB. Since I'm presuming that you're RAIDing in equal proportion, I'll wager that 4 of your 8 drives are redundant backups, so you've only actually got 4TB of useful storage space anyway.

So why would you look for a NAS anyway? Just replace your 8 x 1TB to 8 x 2TB and you're ahead...

Kind of like saying 'I'd never buy a Ford F150 to carry a full load because I own a Ford F150 that I use to carry a half load.'
#31
imy300
they're not on the netgear resleller list. Can you still claim the drive ??


Yes. You fills in the form, sends in the UPC barcode, along with a purchase invoice which shows that you didn't get the ReadyNAS from ShadyDave's KnockOff FleaBay Store for £55 plus a tenner delivery' and generally less than a week later you'll get your nice shiny new drive.
1 Like #32
msharif911
I might be wrong but it looks like it doesnt come with any hard-drives (you send off for the 500GB one). In which case its a bit pricey.

I bought an HP NAS 8 or 9 moths ago with a 500GB drive already fitted for around £70. The build quality of mine is superb and the support has been spot on when I ahve needed it. So, this one coming out at double the price seems a bit steep if you ask me. I cant see what this can do that other NAS's cant.


No, it isn't a bit pricey.

Deals like this can't be compared to 'unicorn' prices. There isn't a single HP NAS in the class of this Netgear which is on sale for a price even remotely resembling £70. I presume you're referring to a 500GB HP Media Vault, which retail at more than £200, and 'discount' as low as £180 typically. You also shouldn't compare to knock-off pricing, or ShadyDave's Used Deals on FleaBay.

I, and every other intelligent IT user on the planet balk at the idea that 8 or 9 months ago, when 500GB SATA II hard drives were the best part of £70, you managed to get a free HP MediaVault attatched to your hard drive as part of a legitimate or repeatable commercial transaction.

So while on your planet HP MediaVaults are £70 with a half gig of storage, on planet earth this ReadyNAS deal is as good a device as you will get, and at as good a price as you'll find such a high quality appliance WITH OR WITHOUT the free drive.

I can't comment on Netgear's support over HP's, because the Netgear hasn't needed support.

I can say what the Netgear can do that your £70 HP can't... It can be found online in enough retail stores for others to benefit from the reasonable pricing and get themselves a good solid device in the process. Your £70 HP must have come from that mysterious repository where they house the brain-in-a-jar from inside R2D2 and Elvis's genital toupe.
#33
l33t-krew
Could I set this up to automatically download rapidshare stuff?


No. It's a professional device, not a piracy enhancer.

Although you can get it to fetch torrents for you, and if I think you might also be able to get it to download NZB's from the binaries newsgroups, but I'd have to check.

Alternatively, though, you could set your PC up to automatically download the rapidshare stuff, and transfer it to the drive share housed on the ReadyNAS so as not to suck up a load of space on your pooter.
#34
SampleX
You're so far away from 'realistic' that you might as well be on the moon.

Network Attatched Storage is totally and utterly unnecessary for home users who might backup some photos or stream some MPEG's. It is still enterprise class equipment, and in order to get a decent, reliable RAID system you are talking megabucks for a fast appliance. By all means go and look up the price for a 4 bay ReadyNAS. I am curious, however, as to exactly how long you think its going to take you in domestic usage to fill up 4 x 2TB hard drives.

I should also point out that you can plug in up to 3 external USB hard drives to the ReadyNAS Duo, so if you worked off the theory of 2TB hard drives being cheap, you could have two internals, and three externals for a nice total of 10TB of storage attatched to a low-power domestic device.

Should also add that having 4 drives in a NAS running RAID means 'industrial sized PSU' which means more heat, more noise and a bigger unit. If you think you'll get a decent package offering that for £150 including a free 500GB drive, do let me know where you get it.



With HD Versions of TV Series and Blueray rips running into GB's, it wont take too long to fill up 8TB of storage - Am halfway there already! :-(
#35
SampleX
Yes. You fills in the form, sends in the UPC barcode, along with a purchase invoice which shows that you didn't get the ReadyNAS from ShadyDave's KnockOff FleaBay Store for £55 plus a tenner delivery' and generally less than a week later you'll get your nice shiny new drive.


Interestingly enough though, you don't have to get it from any of the mainstream resellers either (Dabs, Amazon etc etc).
There are plenty of local resellers on Netgear's website which by their very 'partner' status are therefore authorised resellers.
Not that your local reseller could probably match the current offers, but it's worth noting anyway.
#36
fort
Whats the noise and heat level like?


My experience is that both are pretty good. However, there are complaints on the forums about the noise of the fan, and people who've modded it with quieter alternatives or even a bigger fan plus adapter.

So, basically depends how hot + noisy the drives you put in there are I think!
#37
to fort:

i had this in my room and could just about get to sleep, but it was hard to do that ...so got it downstairs now. :)

it can do NZB, the addon is on the netgear forums.
#38
Remember this deal???

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/242580/hp-mv2020-500gb-network-drive-free-/

SampleX;5744218
No, it isn't a bit pricey.

Deals like this can't be compared to 'unicorn' prices. There isn't a single HP NAS in the class of this Netgear which is on sale for a price even remotely resembling £70. I presume you're referring to a 500GB HP Media Vault, which retail at more than £200, and 'discount' as low as £180 typically. You also shouldn't compare to knock-off pricing, or ShadyDave's Used Deals on FleaBay.

I, and every other intelligent IT user on the planet balk at the idea that 8 or 9 months ago, when 500GB SATA II hard drives were the best part of £70, you managed to get a free HP MediaVault attatched to your hard drive as part of a legitimate or repeatable commercial transaction.

So while on your planet HP MediaVaults are £70 with a half gig of storage, on planet earth this ReadyNAS deal is as good a device as you will get, and at as good a price as you'll find such a high quality appliance WITH OR WITHOUT the free drive.

I can't comment on Netgear's support over HP's, because the Netgear hasn't needed support.

I can say what the Netgear can do that your £70 HP can't... It can be found online in enough retail stores for others to benefit from the reasonable pricing and get themselves a good solid device in the process. Your £70 HP must have come from that mysterious repository where they house the brain-in-a-jar from inside R2D2 and Elvis's genital toupe.
1 Like #39
Gez777
With HD Versions of TV Series and Blueray rips running into GB's, it wont take too long to fill up 8TB of storage - Am halfway there already! :-(


Fair enough.

But the operative words were 'domestic usage.'

'Blu Ray' rips are not exactly domestic usage. Most Blu-Ray users are quite happy to keep their films on their nearly indestructible (if cared for properly) purpose-built storage repository devices (otherwise known as 'BluRay' discs). Certainly all those who are buying BluRay movies are typically buying them to play on a device that they have to play them, rather than to spend an age 'ripping' them and a fortune in storage space so that they can play them on some other device altogether.

High-volume media piracy would tend not to be built based around ordinary consumer units anyway, and so in that environment, why not just have server farm providing storage of all the illegally obtained BluRay rips.

My entire extensive BluRay collection fits nicely in a folder for storing disks and takes up vastly less space than an 8 drive NAS box.

I mean, a car thief might complain that an ordinary two car garage isn't enough to store his entire collection, but that doesn't make the two car garage structure on sale at IKEA in anyway way defective, or inadequate, does it? If I'm going to the shops, a Volvo Estate will be fine to load my groceries up. If I'm going to ram raid an off licence in order to steal hundreds or thousands of pounds worth of booze, I'd probably be better with a Ford Transit, no?

So for any legal, domestic or commercial users who don't need high volume storage for pirated media, this device is ideal for backing up files and establishing a repository of network storage, do we agree?
#40



Oh you should have said that it was a reference to a stock clearance of an obsolete product with disappointing reviews which was expressly intended to clear out old stock to make way for the newer models.

I thought you were drawing a direct comparison to a market-leading current device which used a stable and reliable operating platform, had two removable hot swap SATA II drive bays, a plethora of additional functionality, and actually had consistent and sustainable data transfer rates available at a promotional price via a multitude of suppliers.

Can I point out that the offers posted on the ReadyNAS DUO are for a CURRENT model of a CURRENT market leading range and are part of a promotion which is available at most retailers of said product with numerous retailers offering very similar 'promotional' prices on the product indeed, even though the nature of the Hard Drive offer is indeed 'time limited.'

This is being listed as a recommended bargain on HUKD because the '500GB' version of the ReadyNAS Duo in which the hard drive is preinstalled is anything up to £100 more expensive than the version of the RND WITHOUT the 500GB hard drive, and for a time limited period you can essentially get a 'free upgrade' via this scheme to the 500GB populated version of the RND, thus saving a significant amount of money on Netgear supplied product.

It isn't a recommended bargain because it is simply cheaper than another model from another brand with lesser features and disappointing reviews in another place at a single retailer for a brief time only while they clear stock.

And the ReadyNAS isn't limited to 1.2TB of internal storage, which is presumably why the HP's were being flogged out at knock-down prices.

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