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Netgear Stora 1TB 2 Bay NAS £119.99 Amazon

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Just reduced to £119.99 which is a good price for a two bay NAS that comes with a 1TB drive.

Stora makes home storage as easy as ABC! At last, home network storage thats comprehensive and easy to understand. NETGEAR Stora lets you store, share and protect music, movies, photos and data using any device on your home network. Share a private photo album with family and friends. Drop photos into Facebook with ease. Automate backup from the PCs and Macs in your home to eliminate data loss worries. NETGEAR Stora even supports a second hard drive that mirrors the first, on the fly, ensuring even greater reliability for those irreplaceable digital assets. Unleash the power of your home network with Stora.

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#1
This item has a had a lot of good reviews. Here's a couple...

Trusted Reviews.

PC Pro.

And the full product details at Netgear
banned#2
Great price :)
5 Likes #3
Please do not buy one of these.
I got one before christmas, and it is the most painful piece of junk I have ever come across. It has a flash interface, and you have to access it through a remote site controlled by Netgear and I have never had so much trouble with a device in my life. It truely is awful.

If you have any doubts, visit the netgear forums

http://forum1.netgear.com
/forumdisplay.php?f=106


It is aimed at the casual user which is why I bought it, but it is the most troublesome hideous machine ever. In the huge list of things which have gone wrong - my favourite was where Netgear gave my serial number to someone else (this happened across a huge amount of the units) so I couldn't access it for a month even though it was sat on my desk in front of me. There is no option to use it as Just a Bunch of Disks, or control it whatsoever, a 2 TB transfer took nearly a day on a local network and it lost all my personal family photos and data more times than I can mention.

On top of that, the whole thing appears to be built around trying to sell you a yearly subscription of £15 to access your own data. Your own data that belongs to you - on a device that you just spent £120 on. The disk (which would be only upside at the price) is also formatted in a non standard Linux format, which means you can't even take it out of the unit and stick it in another machine without a reformat and losing all your data. On top of that, it comes with a 1TB drive as mentioned and there is a slot for another, yet you can only mirror the RAID, there is no option to just use it as 2 TB disks.

It now sits there on my desk like a particularly angry yorkshire terrier that seems to hate me and any data I give it. I don't date give it any data, and it sits there blinking at me as a constant reminder that I didn't heed the endless warnings on Netgears own forums and bought one.

Do yourself a favour and just pay another £50 and get a real NAS like netgear's own Ready NAS. Avoid this like the plague. I bought a Stora as I wanted something simple which would allow me to share data with family across the world as I knew nothing really about network storage and I didn't want to.

Thanks to the trouble I have had with this piece of junk, I could pretty much install and control the networking for a small country, but I will never get the time and data back I have lost to this useless, hatefull, badly designed, malicous piece of Malware.
#4
Blacklodge;7974069
PLease do not buy one of these.
I got one before christmas, and it is the most painful piece of junk I have ever come across. It has a flash interface, and you have to access it through a remote site controlled by Netgear and I have never had so much trouble with a device in my life. It truely is awful.

If you have any doubts, visit the netgear forums

http://forum1.netgear.com
/forumdisplay.php?f=106


It is aimed at the casual user which is why I bought it, but it is the most troublesome hideous machine ever. In the huge list of things which have gone wrong - my favourite was where Netgear gave my serial number to someone else (this happened across a huge amount of the units) so I couldn't access it for a month even though it was sat on my desk in front of me. There is no option to use it as Just a Bunch of Disks, or control it whatsoever, a 2 TB transfer took nearly a day on a local network and it lost all my personal family photos and data more times than I can mention.

It now sits there on my desk like a particularly angry yorkshire terrier that seems to hate me and any data I give it.

Do yourself a favour and just pay another £50 and get a real NAS like netgear's own Ready NAS. Avoid this like the plague. I bought a Stora as I wanted something simple which would allow me to share data with family across the world as I knew nothing really about network storage and I didn't want to.

Thanks to the trouble I have had with this piece of junk, I could pretty much install and control the networking for a small country, but I will never get the time and data back I have lost to this useless, hatefull, badly designed, malicous piece of Malware.



Take it you don't like it then?

Sorry to hear about your bad experiences but there's no denying that it does seem to be quite well reviewed.

When it comes to transfer speeds, and especially of small files, most NAS drives seem to perform pretty sluggishly - unless you're prepared to pay around at least the £300 mark. It seems odd if you're running it on a gigabit network and have fairly speedy SATA drives, so it mostly comes down to what's actually in the NAS box hardware wise.
#5
Sorry ROR.
Top spot - I paid about £150 for it, but I just wouldn't wish that hate block on my worst enemy.

I read those reviews myself beore buying and it is each to his own - maybe I and the others on the forum are unlucky. These are not actually Netgear devices as I understand it. They are licensed to netgear, and as such do not have the same level of build control on either hardware or software.

After what I have been through - I feel I have to comment as I was taken in by the price and supposed 'Networking made easy!' line.

It not.
#6
Blacklodge
Please do not buy one of these.
I got one before christmas, and it is the most painful piece of junk I have ever come across. It has a flash interface, and you have to access it through a remote site controlled by Netgear and I have never had so much trouble with a device in my life. It truely is awful.

If you have any doubts, visit the netgear forums

http://forum1.netgear.com
/forumdisplay.php?f=106


It is aimed at the casual user which is why I bought it, but it is the most troublesome hideous machine ever. In the huge list of things which have gone wrong - my favourite was where Netgear gave my serial number to someone else (this happened across a huge amount of the units) so I couldn't access it for a month even though it was sat on my desk in front of me. There is no option to use it as Just a Bunch of Disks, or control it whatsoever, a 2 TB transfer took nearly a day on a local network and it lost all my personal family photos and data more times than I can mention.

On top of that, the whole thing appears to be built around trying to sell you a yearly subscription of £15 to access your own data. Your own data that belongs to you - on a device that you just spent £120 on. The disk (which would be only upside at the price) is also formatted in a non standard Linux format, which means you can't even take it out of the unit and stick it in another machine without a reformat and losing all your data. On top of that, it comes with a 1TB drive as mentioned and there is a slot for another, yet you can only mirror the RAID, there is no option to just use it as 2 TB disks.

It now sits there on my desk like a particularly angry yorkshire terrier that seems to hate me and any data I give it. I don't date give it any data, and it sits there blinking at me as a constant reminder that I didn't heed the endless warnings on Netgears own forums and bought one.

Do yourself a favour and just pay another £50 and get a real NAS like netgear's own Ready NAS. Avoid this like the plague. I bought a Stora as I wanted something simple which would allow me to share data with family across the world as I knew nothing really about network storage and I didn't want to.

Thanks to the trouble I have had with this piece of junk, I could pretty much install and control the networking for a small country, but I will never get the time and data back I have lost to this useless, hatefull, badly designed, malicous piece of Malware.


Netgear just can't get there act together with their consumer based network storage. The Netgear SC 01 (also with propriety linux format) had so many issues I went and bought a Dell Server - haven't looked back since.

A little pricey (£350 +), but initial reviews are excellant - Promise SmartStor NS4600 NAS
http://www.guru3d.com/article/promise-smartstor-ns4600-review/1

Geeza
#7
Actual harware aside - No denying its a good deal and thats what this place is about - not hardware reviews.
Nice one RedOnRed!

HEAT ADDED!
#8
Blacklodge;7974098
Sorry ROR.
Top spot - I paid about £150 for it, but I just wouldn't wish that hate block on my worst enemy.

I read those reviews myself beore buying and it is each to his own - maybe I and the others on the forum are unlucky. These are not actually Netgear devices as I understand it. They are licensed to netgear, and as such do not have the same level of build control on either hardware or software.

After what I have been through - I feel I have to comment as I was taken in by the price and supposed 'Networking made easy!' line.

It not.



Three years ago Netgear acquired a NAS company called Infrant Technologies which they rebranded and it gave them a foothold in the NAS market.

If someone's looking for a well reviewed affordable NAS drive with a HDD thrown in then this is a comparatively good price.
#9
Blacklodge
Actual harware aside - No denying its a good deal and thats what this place is about - not hardware reviews.
Nice one RedOnRed!

HEAT ADDED!


If it's problematic, then surely it's not a good deal at any price?
#10
The price of these NAS boxes it almost seems as cheap to knock up a mini-itx box to house the disks, ready made server too.

I've got a mini-itx box that i've had for a while running as a server, though the case is quite small and only had 1 x 3.5 SATA bay, After looking at these boxes for ages, I thought I can't justify the price, I had loads of Lego knocking about, so built a case for 2 drives, run them off ESATA off the PC, and power them off the PC too. 1 undervolted 80mm fan in there keeps the drives cooler than i've ever ran a drive.
#11
If anyone is looking for a cheap 1tb NAS drive then it might be worthwhile looking at THIS THREAD. Ive just bought one and although the interface is a bit clunky and takes a bit of getting used to and I don't get gr8 speeds transferring to it (probably about 8mb/s) its certainly value for money.

Not a true comparison but still £50 cheaper if someone wants a new toy to play with (like me)
#12
loaky;7974275
The price of these NAS boxes it almost seems as cheap to knock up a mini-itx box to house the disks, ready made server too.

I've got a mini-itx box that i've had for a while running as a server, though the case is quite small and only had 1 x 3.5 SATA bay, After looking at these boxes for ages, I thought I can't justify the price, I had loads of Lego knocking about, so built a case for 2 drives, run them off ESATA off the PC, and power them off the PC too. 1 undervolted 80mm fan in there keeps the drives cooler than i've ever ran a drive.


If you're not too bothered about the data you have on it then a one bay NAS setup would be OK, but if you are backing data up to it then you need at least two drives in a RAID setup.

For me having a single drive NAS defeats the purpose a bit. Might as well just leave the PC on and stream from it.
#13
RedOnRed
If you're not too bothered about the data you have on it then a one bay NAS setup would be OK, but if you are backing data up to it then you need at least two drives in a RAID setup.

For me having a single drive NAS defeats the purpose a bit. Might as well just leave the PC on and stream from it.


I know what you mean but for me the price being comparable to a standard external pushed me to buy it. I use it purely as backup anyhow and thought it may allow me to save some electricity - lol, by switching off my pc at times.
#14
Blacklodge
Please do not buy one of these.
I got one before christmas, and it is the most painful piece of junk I have ever come across. It has a flash interface, and you have to access it through a remote site controlled by Netgear and I have never had so much trouble with a device in my life. It truely is awful.

If you have any doubts, visit the netgear forums

http://forum1.netgear.com
/forumdisplay.php?f=106


It is aimed at the casual user which is why I bought it, but it is the most troublesome hideous machine ever. In the huge list of things which have gone wrong - my favourite was where Netgear gave my serial number to someone else (this happened across a huge amount of the units) so I couldn't access it for a month even though it was sat on my desk in front of me. There is no option to use it as Just a Bunch of Disks, or control it whatsoever, a 2 TB transfer took nearly a day on a local network and it lost all my personal family photos and data more times than I can mention.

On top of that, the whole thing appears to be built around trying to sell you a yearly subscription of £15 to access your own data. Your own data that belongs to you - on a device that you just spent £120 on. The disk (which would be only upside at the price) is also formatted in a non standard Linux format, which means you can't even take it out of the unit and stick it in another machine without a reformat and losing all your data. On top of that, it comes with a 1TB drive as mentioned and there is a slot for another, yet you can only mirror the RAID, there is no option to just use it as 2 TB disks.

It now sits there on my desk like a particularly angry yorkshire terrier that seems to hate me and any data I give it. I don't date give it any data, and it sits there blinking at me as a constant reminder that I didn't heed the endless warnings on Netgears own forums and bought one.

Do yourself a favour and just pay another £50 and get a real NAS like netgear's own Ready NAS. Avoid this like the plague. I bought a Stora as I wanted something simple which would allow me to share data with family across the world as I knew nothing really about network storage and I didn't want to.

Thanks to the trouble I have had with this piece of junk, I could pretty much install and control the networking for a small country, but I will never get the time and data back I have lost to this useless, hatefull, badly designed, malicous piece of Malware.


What a great, honest, informative but funny review written from experience.
#15
I had an SC101...I feel your pain!

Blacklodge
Please do not buy one of these.
I got one before christmas, and it is the most painful piece of junk I have ever come across. It has a flash interface, and you have to access it through a remote site controlled by Netgear and I have never had so much trouble with a device in my life. It truely is awful.

If you have any doubts, visit the netgear forums

http://forum1.netgear.com
/forumdisplay.php?f=106


It is aimed at the casual user which is why I bought it, but it is the most troublesome hideous machine ever. In the huge list of things which have gone wrong - my favourite was where Netgear gave my serial number to someone else (this happened across a huge amount of the units) so I couldn't access it for a month even though it was sat on my desk in front of me. There is no option to use it as Just a Bunch of Disks, or control it whatsoever, a 2 TB transfer took nearly a day on a local network and it lost all my personal family photos and data more times than I can mention.

On top of that, the whole thing appears to be built around trying to sell you a yearly subscription of £15 to access your own data. Your own data that belongs to you - on a device that you just spent £120 on. The disk (which would be only upside at the price) is also formatted in a non standard Linux format, which means you can't even take it out of the unit and stick it in another machine without a reformat and losing all your data. On top of that, it comes with a 1TB drive as mentioned and there is a slot for another, yet you can only mirror the RAID, there is no option to just use it as 2 TB disks.

It now sits there on my desk like a particularly angry yorkshire terrier that seems to hate me and any data I give it. I don't date give it any data, and it sits there blinking at me as a constant reminder that I didn't heed the endless warnings on Netgears own forums and bought one.

Do yourself a favour and just pay another £50 and get a real NAS like netgear's own Ready NAS. Avoid this like the plague. I bought a Stora as I wanted something simple which would allow me to share data with family across the world as I knew nothing really about network storage and I didn't want to.

Thanks to the trouble I have had with this piece of junk, I could pretty much install and control the networking for a small country, but I will never get the time and data back I have lost to this useless, hatefull, badly designed, malicous piece of Malware.
#16
RedOnRed
If you're not too bothered about the data you have on it then a one bay NAS setup would be OK, but if you are backing data up to it then you need at least two drives in a RAID setup.

For me having a single drive NAS defeats the purpose a bit. Might as well just leave the PC on and stream from it.


you have missed the point of a nas. They shouldnt be used as your only means of storing your dat, especially in raid. If the nas unit malfu ctions it could corrupt the raid array and ypu ca. Lose everything!

The sAfest thing to do is have a hardrive in your pc with everything on and another in a NAS, with something like synctoy (free from microsoft) to back up to the NAS.
That way if your pc blows up your fine and if your nas blows up your fine.
#17
Well it's a cheap NAS solution which is quite well reviewed at most places. It's normally around the £150 mark so it's a good price. For people on a tight budget it's a good deal.

Personally, and admittedly, i'd spend closer towards the £200 mark and get a NAS enclosure from either QNAP or Synology which are pretty hard acts to beat. Bearing in mind that you'd need to spend maybe another £120 on two 1TB drives then it's really closer to the £300 mark.
#18
preacher;7975095
you have missed the point of a nas. They shouldnt be used as your only means of storing your dat, especially in raid. If the nas unit malfu ctions it could corrupt the raid array and ypu ca. Lose everything!

The sAfest thing to do is have a hardrive in your pc with everything on and another in a NAS, with something like synctoy (free from microsoft) to back up to the NAS.
That way if your pc blows up your fine and if your nas blows up your fine.



I don't think i'm missing the point as that's exactly what i'd do.

Right now I back up to my primary drive, a secondary one and an external one. A NAS is just extra protection as part of that loop.

For ultimate piece of mind another good idea is some sort of cloud backup like Carbonite. Now if only something like Carbonite could also do media streaming and bit torrent downloads it would be the answer to everything. I'm sure that one day that will be the future.
#19
Also had an SC101 - I Would NEVER touch another netgear nas type product.
For those wanting a new door stop with a computing theme, its a hot deal.
#20
This always happen yesterday bought it from pcworld now next day Amazon have it cheaper.
#21
Been looking at this for a while and price drop has convinced me to buy. Amazon deal with returns well if there's any problems
1 Like #22
swampy_donkey
If it's problematic, then surely it's not a good deal at any price?


agreed.
#23
can I use this on mac for time capsule?
#24
Blacklodge
Please do not buy one of these.
I got one before christmas, and it is the most painful piece of junk I have ever come across. It has a flash interface, and you have to access it through a remote site controlled by Netgear and I have never had so much trouble with a device in my life. It truely is awful.

If you have any doubts, visit the netgear forums

http://forum1.netgear.com
/forumdisplay.php?f=106


It is aimed at the casual user which is why I bought it, but it is the most troublesome hideous machine ever. In the huge list of things which have gone wrong - my favourite was where Netgear gave my serial number to someone else (this happened across a huge amount of the units) so I couldn't access it for a month even though it was sat on my desk in front of me. There is no option to use it as Just a Bunch of Disks, or control it whatsoever, a 2 TB transfer took nearly a day on a local network and it lost all my personal family photos and data more times than I can mention.

On top of that, the whole thing appears to be built around trying to sell you a yearly subscription of £15 to access your own data. Your own data that belongs to you - on a device that you just spent £120 on. The disk (which would be only upside at the price) is also formatted in a non standard Linux format, which means you can't even take it out of the unit and stick it in another machine without a reformat and losing all your data. On top of that, it comes with a 1TB drive as mentioned and there is a slot for another, yet you can only mirror the RAID, there is no option to just use it as 2 TB disks.

It now sits there on my desk like a particularly angry yorkshire terrier that seems to hate me and any data I give it. I don't date give it any data, and it sits there blinking at me as a constant reminder that I didn't heed the endless warnings on Netgears own forums and bought one.

Do yourself a favour and just pay another £50 and get a real NAS like netgear's own Ready NAS. Avoid this like the plague. I bought a Stora as I wanted something simple which would allow me to share data with family across the world as I knew nothing really about network storage and I didn't want to.

Thanks to the trouble I have had with this piece of junk, I could pretty much install and control the networking for a small country, but I will never get the time and data back I have lost to this useless, hatefull, badly designed, malicous piece of Malware.


Thank you for the best post I've read in recent weeks! Your experiences have obviously been sufficiently painful enough to produce this wonderfully articulate, detailed and amusing rant.

You have a hidden talent, Sir - have some rep for making me smile :-D
#25
Typical Netgear quality ie beta at best.
#26
Going_Digital;7979074
Typical Netgear quality ie beta at best.

eh....their network stuff (routers/swicthes) is good
#27
royals
eh....their network stuff (routers/swicthes) is good


Not in my experience they haven't been, this has been my experience with netgear.

ADSL Routers that are released with more bugs than an ant hill requiring several firmware updates before they become stable.

Network switches that die after 18 months.

A Wireless access point that corrupted its own firmware without having attempted an update.

Media Player that would crash and had really nasty media server software that was so bad you needed to buy an alternative from a 3rd party that actually worked.

Never again will I consider netgear products, it is just cheap rebadged Chinese rubbish. I now stick with Linksys and D-Link, far better quality.
#28
Still looking for something like this, but think I'll stick with the old pc I use with Ubuntu Server on it. Really don't like the fee to access your own data.
#29
preacher
you have missed the point of a nas. They shouldnt be used as your only means of storing your dat, especially in raid. If the nas unit malfu ctions it could corrupt the raid array and ypu ca. Lose everything!


After looking into NASs I decided to build my own unRaid server, the box is just a standard PC (though check your motherboard against their recommended ones) in it i've got a celeron e3300 and 3x1.5tb drives giving me 3tb of parity backed storage (one drive is used for parity). this can be expanded to loads of drives if wanted.

the huge benefit of unraid and its party drive (which i would imagine is the same as the x-raid in the new high end ready nas) is you can increase the storage just by adding drives, you dont have to change the existing drives. and being parity backed, there is no clever disk format on the drives, its just reiserfs, so if the machine went kaput you can just pull the drives out and remount them in something else. this also means it can power down drives that arent in use (in a stripe set every drive has to run)

whole thing runs about 40 watts idle, 50 if actively being used.
#30
royals
eh....their network stuff (routers/swicthes) is good


netgear routers are at the cheap end of the market......imao
#31
DealHunter1306
can I use this on mac for time capsule?


If you are looking for a NAS that can be used with time capsule I can highly recommend the new WD MyBook World Editions. I've got the 2TB raid model which works perfectly for backing up all the PC's and Mac's in the house, it also includes an itunes and twonkymedia server for media streaming. It's a fanless design so it's very quiet and after 5-10 mins of network inactivity it will switch to idle (completely silent) and will only draw around 6 watts. :thumbsup:
#32
Gigabit ethernet, 1TB HDD included and another SATA/SATA II and USB port for 120 quid - can't go wrong IMO. Netgear has had good hardware from my experience and this *should* be no different.
#33
DealHunter1306
can I use this on mac for time capsule?


Fraid not.
#34
Readynas duo is a good way to go on the NAS front. I've had one for a year or so and it's been great for giving everything access to 1TB (2 disks in RAID) of data.

Plus mediaserver, bittorrent client, ftp, etc, all preinstalled. And lots of other add-ons to be found at the readynas forums.
#35
Quite a few negative reviews, and with storage (especially large amounts of storage), i think it's safer to err on the side of caution and go with something more proven.

Nathe
Fraid not.


You lie.
#36
Some experiences with Time Machine and the Stora

http://forum1.netgear.com/showthread.php?t=43460

Just avoid this unit, you'll regret it when it gives up taking your data with it (and it will).
#37
Blacklodge


Thanks to the trouble I have had with this piece of junk, I could pretty much install and control the networking for a small country, but I will never get the time and data back I have lost to this useless, hatefull, badly designed, malicous piece of Malware.


Your post is a great bit of advice. just what is needed on this forum instead of pointless brand snobbery, unresearched opinion and childish arguments. Have some rep.

Incidentally I have a readynas, and whilst it sounds ten times better than this, it's still not without its faults!
#38
ive just ordered one of these! whats all this about logging in and flash.?

Cant i just set it up as another drive letter across the network?<<<<<<<<,please tell me you can!
#39
Gavin01;7997654
ive just ordered one of these! whats all this about logging in and flash.?

Cant i just set it up as another drive letter across the network?<<<<<<<<,please tell me you can!


You should find it quite straight forward to operate and access your data.
#40
Baldhopper
Netgear just can't get there act together with their consumer based network storage. The Netgear SC 01 (also with propriety linux format) had so many issues I went and bought a Dell Server - haven't looked back since.

A little pricey (£350 +), but initial reviews are excellant - Promise SmartStor NS4600 NAS
http://www.guru3d.com/article/promise-smartstor-ns4600-review/1

Geeza


I agree, I had the SC101, piece of crap, wouldnt buy another NAS box from Netgear so cold from me too!

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