Verbatim PowerBay DataBank 4 Bay NAS with 2x Gigabit and RAID 0/1/5/6! £94.90 at iBood - HotUKDeals
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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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#1
http://ak.buy.com/PI/0/500/215404535.jpg
#2
Bargain!

Link to the user manual

Edited By: SUMMONER on Feb 23, 2012 23:46
#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.
#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
#5
£400 for 4 x 2TB and a £100 for this.
#6
Ibood = awful awful company. Would never buy off them again.
#7
Please elaborate thanks

Tyranicus66
Ibood = awful awful company. Would never buy off them again.
#8
Maximum datatransfer: 20-25 MB/s (on a Gigabit Network)
#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!
#10
The expected shipping date of this product is 8 March 2012 WHY?
#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
#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
#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.
#14
I'm a bit skeptical on this as there is no review at all on the net? hmmm... Price wise is hot!
#15
It's Verbatim, not a bad brand.
Ordered for when HDD prices come down...hopefully.
#16
I paid around £50(ish) each for 4 x 2TB HDs. There was a deal on here over 6 months ago.
#17
Looks great on paper... wish there was some more reviews on it.
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?
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
#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.
#21
msharif911
I paid around £50(ish) each for 4 x 2TB HDs. There was a deal on here over 6 months ago.


Mind to show us some lights? £50ish for 2TB??? hmmmm....
#22
ah_heng
msharif911
I paid around £50(ish) each for 4 x 2TB HDs. There was a deal on here over 6 months ago.

Mind to show us some lights? £50ish for 2TB??? hmmmm....

Go back on this site and you'll see many examples, 2TB Seagate Internal for £32.45 as one example...ahhh the good days.
#23
Verbal Kint
Go back on this site and you'll see many examples, 2TB Seagate Internal for £32.45 as one example...ahhh the good days.


wow
#24
Verbal Kint


Go back on this site and you'll see many examples, 2TB Seagate Internal for £32.45 as one example...ahhh the good days.


Not in the last six months though... And yeah, those good old days... I got a feeling that those manufacturers are just taking their own sweet time to "adjust" their price....
#25
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!

Microserver cashback ended...
#26
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?


Whats happened? Have they gone up since then?
1 Like #27
LouO
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.


Technically if he was running RAID 5 he would only have around 6TB. Although that still takes some beating!
#28
Although it's a very good price for a 4 bay nas, I really, really doubt this has a hardware raid as some people suggested in the previous posts. It's most probably a fakeraid and that's why the transfer speed is so low.
#29
IME the processors in most NAS are not up the task of getting gigabit speeds, 20-30 meg/sec is the norm.

Use a server like a HP microserver or better with a desktop CPU, and you'll be able to max out the gigabit link.
#30
eldaras
Although it's a very good price for a 4 bay nas, I really, really doubt this has a hardware raid as some people suggested in the previous posts. It's most probably a fakeraid and that's why the transfer speed is so low.


Agreed. It has a 1.2Ghz processor. Normal NAS makers use 250Mhz cpus - so my assumption here is that it needs the extra CPU to calculate parity for software raid.

Secondly - there was an assertion that the powernas will have low power... I can find no reference to how much power it actually does use - does anyone know? My 8TB Microserver uses 45W when all drives are in use.
#31
MrPercent
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!


Microserver cashback ended...


Cash back hasn't ended

"Purchase the *New* HP ProLiant MicroServer (part code 658553-421) between 1 November 2011
and 29 February 2012"

http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/pdf/Microserver_Cash_Back_Offer_February_12_tcm_183_1140671.pdf

Also FlexRaid makes a decent alternative to Drive Extender on WHS11, still in beta but it works well for me.

Edited By: rdlowry on Feb 24, 2012 12:21
#32
Apart from having 4 x 2TB drives in it, is this the same model at Amazon for over £720?

verbatim Powerbay

Edited By: Verbal Kint on Feb 24, 2012 12:35
#33
Verbal Kint
Apart from having 4 x 2TB drives in it, is this the same model at Amazon for over £720?

verbatim Powerbay


YES
#34
all depends what OS you use as to how much transfer you get. OS has much more to do with it than just the processor.
#35
Secondly - there was an assertion that the powernas will have low power... I can find no reference to how much power it actually does use - does anyone know? My 8TB Microserver uses 45W when all drives are in use.


I asserted that the Verbatim NAS probably has lower power consumption because 1. It can be told to sleep or wake at various times of day, and 2. It supports Wake On Lan, i.e, it wakes up when it's told to. It is my understanding that the HP doesn't do this.

Most people won't have need to for it to be powered-on for more than a few hours a day, thus using less power.

Hmmm, this device really does seem to aimed at people wanting data security and redundancy, rather than torrent clients etc.
It could be just what we want.
#36
It's all I need as I have a QNAP NAS which can do all the rest... I just wish there was more info on the net regarding stability, possible problems.
2 Likes #37
Maximum datatransfer: 20-25 MB/s (on a Gigabit Network)
That is absolutely appalling.

In read operations you should be able to get over 300MB/s with software RAID (which I assume this runs - mdadm, or some such) and more with hardware RAID. The two gigabit connections together should be able to support 256MB/s in each direction.

So something's not right here. I'd seriously question the quality of this.
#38
Man I thought I had a good deal when i bought a second hand 5 bay NAS of ebay for £128... still can't afford the Hdd's to fill it.... You still talking over £400 to fill it with reasonable hdd at 2tb each.
suspended#39
Yet to see a NAS below the £350 mark that can actually saturate a gigabit network (125MB/s), need a nas to replace my icybox as the performance is horrid... 3 - 6MB/s is the norm on it for me lol!. A HP microsever will saturate anything but they cost around £150 now including the £100 cashback, however power usage is what concerns me as my uses would only be for storing videos,work documents, and a general backup every couple of days i.e it would be used for like 2 hours a day for streaming or adding to it, dont want HDD in my pc anymore as they're to loud in my system and i just want the 64/128 SSDs to be the only thing in for silence :D.

Cant find any reviews on this system so im sceptical to say the least!
Hmm, maybe something will pop up for £60 with amazing specs someday :P
#40
Sold out.

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