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Seems like a cracking deal for a 4 bay (diskless) NAS. About £50 cheaper than anywhere else. 5 user Acronis backup included which is pretty good too.

Verbatim PowerBay DataBank 4 Bay NAS with 2x Gigabit and RAID 0/1/5/6!

Brand: Verbatim
Type: PowerBay DataBank - Diskless
Powerful and high speed NAS (Network Attached Storage)
All your files safely and at a central location in your network
4 Hot-swappable disk trays
DLNA and UPnP Compatible: Fast streaming of all your media
Chipset: Marvell 6281 running at 1.2Ghz
256MB Memory
RAID 6, the most redundant RAID configuration
Supported RAID levels and capacity:
• RAID 0 (2.0TB/4.0TB/8TB)
• RAID 1 m + s (0.5TB/1.0TB/2TB)
• RAID 5 (1.5TB/3.0TB/4.5TB)
• RAID 5 + s (1.0TB/2.0TB/4TB)
• RAID 6 (1.0TB/2.0TB/4TB)
256-bit WPA-AES encryption
Two access modes are supported: Open mode and Account, no setup required in 'Open' state
Supports Magical Finder utility (Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7)
High quality, industrial construction for maximum uptime
Maximum datatransfer: 20-25 MB/s (on a Gigabit Network)
Acronis backup software: 5 licenses
• Image based backup
• Incremental backup
• Bare metal restore
• Bootable Recovery Media
• Windows XP, Vista, 7
Real Time data mirroring via eSATA port
Real Time LAN Backup to another PowerBay NAS
LAN Scheduled Backup (Replication via rsync)
Scheduled backup from PC to NAS
Compatible with Apple Time Machine (except OSX Lion)
Interface: 2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps full / half-fuplex auto-MDIX Gigabit Ethernet Ports, 1 x USB 2.0 (Type A) for connection to an external USB-drive, 1 x USB 2.0 (Type A) for connection to a printer
1 x eSATA port
Data Interface: SATA
Hard disk size: 8.89 cm (3.5 ")
File systems: EXT2/3 internal hard drive format, FAT32 (R/W) and NTFS (Read Only) for eSATA device, FAT32 (R/W) and NTFS (Read Only) for USB device
Network File System: CIFS / SMB for Windows, NFS v2/v3 for Linux and UNIX, AFP3.1 for Macintosh, FTP/HTTP for Download
Network Service Protocols: DHCP Client, SMB (Samba), SMTP, NTP
System Management: Supports Magical Finder Network Utility (included), Active Directory Support for Windows Server 2003/2008, LLTD for Vista 32/64, supported for loading / saving a configuration file, E-mail alerts, Scheduled Power On / Off, Wake On LAN, Auto Recovery, Unicode Character / Text Support, Print Server, UPS monitoring via USB
Key Lock: prevents unauthorized removal of Hard Drives
Kensington Hook-compatible with Anti-Theft Kensington Lock
Power: Internal Power AC 100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Package Contents: PowerBay DataBank, European power cord, UK power cable, Network cable, Keys panel (x2), Acronis backup software (DVD-ROM), Magical Finder utility for network support (DVD-ROM), User Manuals (DVD-ROM)
Dimensions: 170 mm x 183 mm x 230 mm
Weight: 6.7 kg
Warranty: 2 years
The expected shipping date of this product is 8 March 2012
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jaypr#1
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SUMMONER#2
Bargain!

Link to the user manual

Edited By: SUMMONER on Feb 23, 2012 23:46
Jellybeans#3
Not a bad price. It is what it is. A NAS just missing HD's b4 it's up and running. My HP server, does not allow the kinda of RAID HW support out of the box. But I am getting 80MB/s-100MB/s transfer over my gigabit though.
McMac#4
Jellybeans
Not a bad price. It is what it is. A NAS just missing HD's b4 it's up and running. My HP server, does not allow the kinda of RAID HW support out of the box. But I am getting 80MB/s-100MB/s transfer over my gigabit though.

HI jellybeans
You seem to be more aware of tech stuff than me. I have an HP 490EX media server. Would this be suitable for additional storage?
Thanks
mcmac

Edited By: McMac on Feb 24, 2012 00:46
sparc#5
£400 for 4 x 2TB and a £100 for this.
Tyranicus66#6
Ibood = awful awful company. Would never buy off them again.
shez786#7
Please elaborate thanks

Tyranicus66
Ibood = awful awful company. Would never buy off them again.
j507#8
Maximum datatransfer: 20-25 MB/s (on a Gigabit Network)
wright2dave#9
!!!! Can this take standard hard-disks, or must you buy hard-disk cartridges from Verbatim? Information is ambiguous !!!

Please clarify, as it looks like what we need!


Compared to HP Microserver:

Verbatim Powerbay:
+energy saving, auto power on/off options
+no messing around with cashback
+Hardware Raid
- No reviews yet

HP Microserver:
+Capable and versatile
+ Comes with a HDD (though only 250 GB)
+ Popular, so plenty of online guides and resources
- No OS, so tinkering with FreeNAS or pay extra for Windows Home Server without Drive Extender
- Auto power options require a card?

This seems to do everything I would want of it, and for less power consumption than the HP... Thoughts?

Can't find any reviews. Is this a new product?
Maybe its being sold cheap en-masse because of a knock-on of the Thai HDD shortage.
I'd be happier if we knew more about the O/S it uses, there is much talk of 'Version 2.0' on the data-sheet.

Please correct me on anything I've written, anyone. Cheers!
Geemac#10
The expected shipping date of this product is 8 March 2012 WHY?
Geemac#11
wright2dave
!!!! Can this take standard hard-disks, or must you buy hard-disk cartridges from Verbatim? Information is ambiguous !!!

Please clarify, as it looks like what we need!


Compared to HP Microserver:

Verbatim Powerbay:
+energy saving, auto power on/off options
+no messing around with cashback
+Hardware Raid
- No reviews yet

HP Microserver:
+Capable and versatile
+ Comes with a HDD (though only 250 GB)
+ Popular, so plenty of online guides and resources
- No OS, so tinkering with FreeNAS or pay extra for Windows Home Server without Drive Extender
- Auto power options require a card?

This seems to do everything I would want of it, and for less power consumption than the HP... Thoughts?

Can't find any reviews. Is this a new product?
Maybe its being sold cheap en-masse because of a knock-on of the Thai HDD shortage.
I'd be happier if we knew more about the O/S it uses, there is much talk of 'Version 2.0' on the data-sheet.

Please correct me on anything I've written, anyone. Cheers!


Standard hard-disks
jazid#12
Choosing a NAS to store your data over a single external drive is all about reliability and data security IMO.

Considering the drive sensitivity of the ReadyNAS (will the Verbatim also experience this? Who knows?), the lack of any support information or reviews on this product, and the likelihood of little after sales support from iBood, makes this a poor deal despite the great price.

There are just too many unknowns - which is a shame as at face value this is a fantastic deal.

Edited By: jazid on Feb 24, 2012 08:25
jaypr#13
Tyranicus66
Ibood = awful awful company. Would never buy off them again.

Ordered from them before and apart from the delivery time which was 10 working days i didn't have an issue.
ah_heng#14
I'm a bit skeptical on this as there is no review at all on the net? hmmm... Price wise is hot!
Verbal Kint#15
It's Verbatim, not a bad brand.
Ordered for when HDD prices come down...hopefully.
msharif911#16
I paid around £50(ish) each for 4 x 2TB HDs. There was a deal on here over 6 months ago.
takkischitt#17
Looks great on paper... wish there was some more reviews on it.
macleodmac 2 Likes #18
msharif911
I paid around £50(ish) each for 4 x 2TB HDs. There was a deal on here over 6 months ago.


And have you been living in a cave since then?
LouO 11 Likes #19
macleodmac
msharif911
I paid around £50(ish) each for 4 x 2TB HDs. There was a deal on here over 6 months ago.


And have you been living in a cave since then?


No, he's been beating off to 8TB of pron.

Edited By: LouO on Feb 24, 2012 10:55
Verbal Kint#20
msharif911
I paid around £50(ish) each for 4 x 2TB HDs. There was a deal on here over 6 months ago.

As did I and so many others, hence why the hopefully.

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