Buffalo LinkStation 420 8TB (2 x 4TB) 2 Bay Desktop NAS £226.73 @ Amazon
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Buffalo LinkStation 420 8TB (2 x 4TB) 2 Bay Desktop NAS £226.73 @ Amazon

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Found 14th Oct 2015
I've been searching for Nas for a long time and this one was around £300 mark all the time. I think its great price for this model and capacity.
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Great post... And if the drives are even half decent, a superb post!
I don't see where 420 comes from, seems a tad irrelevant for an NAS name, just makes you wonder which market they are aiming for...
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Off_White

I don't see where 420 comes from, seems a tad irrelevant for an NAS name, … I don't see where 420 comes from, seems a tad irrelevant for an NAS name, just makes you wonder which market they are aiming for...


Purely model number? IMO - it can be called even Alf 10 000 as long as it do what it's supossed to;)
If the drives are ok you're basically getting the NAS box for free, so not bad at all.
Great deal but the reviews put me off
maverik

Purely model number? IMO - it can be called even Alf 10 000 as long as it … Purely model number? IMO - it can be called even Alf 10 000 as long as it do what it's supossed to;)



​I know Looks like you have found a good deal (so long as the HDDs are decent)
I went for the deal on the 220

hotukdeals.com/dea…875

What's the extra's on the 420?
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Deal_HUNT3R

I went for the deal on the … I went for the deal on the 220http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/buffalo-ls220d0802-eu-8tb-linkstation-220-2-bay-desktop-nas-185-93-amazon-2298875What's the extra's on the 420?



1.2 Ghz cpu comparing to 800Mhz in 220 and 512 Mb RAM comparing to 256 Mb on 220 - from the top of my head.
The price has gone up
I Had one not the best unites i had to send it back 2x as it kept on failing.
would not buy Buffalo nas
Hmmm - I see the Synology DSJ215j is 130.00 on Amazon and 4TB reds are 125. - total £380
Bundled DS215j with 2 x 4TB = £410 - a saving of £12

Any advantages over getting the bundle as separates seem like a no brainer to me?

Deal_HUNT3R

I went for the deal on the … I went for the deal on the 220http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/buffalo-ls220d0802-eu-8tb-linkstation-220-2-bay-desktop-nas-185-93-amazon-2298875What's the extra's on the 420?[img]http://www.camelcamelcamel.fr/uk/chart/new.png?force=1&zero=0&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=all&fo=0&lang=en[/img]



Thanks for the second link!
it is MUCH better to buy a Synology or QNAP NAS and then two hard drives of your choice for it. The money saved on the Buffalo is just not worth the difference in functionality and longevity over the long-run.
£280 now
Richdog

it is MUCH better to buy a Synology or QNAP NAS and then two hard drives … it is MUCH better to buy a Synology or QNAP NAS and then two hard drives of your choice for it. The money saved on the Buffalo is just not worth the difference in functionality and longevity over the long-run.


Hmmm...Really?
I don't think so.
These units come bundled with either Seagate Barracuda or WD Greens. Neither are bad drives.
The price or two of either if these is not much more than the price of the OP's deal.
So you are getting the NAS for effectively almost free, yet you are stating that a not-so-cheap Synology or QNAP NAS with a choice of disks is to quote you "MUCH better" than this one.
If it is, post the deal here and see if you get any +ve votes.

Edited by: "meggie_dude" 15th Oct 2015
Thoughtful

£280 now


Indeedy - gone already
Sorry to go O-T but my old linkstation pro duo just stopped talking to my network the other day, no flashing lights on the network connection. It's not the switch, it's not the network cable, everything points to a failure on the NAS.
Just wondered if anyone had any ideas ? I'm hoping the drives are OK, I'l pop them into one of my other NAS's when I get a chance to see if the data is safe. It was set up as RAID1 so I'm optimistic.
thanks
Baz
Great deal guys but don't put all your eggs in one basket.
bbbazman

Sorry to go O-T but my old linkstation pro duo just stopped talking to my … Sorry to go O-T but my old linkstation pro duo just stopped talking to my network the other day, no flashing lights on the network connection. It's not the switch, it's not the network cable, everything points to a failure on the NAS.Just wondered if anyone had any ideas ? I'm hoping the drives are OK, I'l pop them into one of my other NAS's when I get a chance to see if the data is safe. It was set up as RAID1 so I'm optimistic. thanksBaz


Blimey mate - this could be anything.
Is it all lights or just the network connection?
If all it could be anything from a blown fuse in the plug to a PSU thats packed up.
If its just no flashing light on the back network port, again it could be any manner of things. Are you using Powerline adapters? If so, is that working? Dodgy network cables or sockets will stop the network light flashing.
Could be anything.
Take the NAS to where the router is and plug it into one of the ethernet ports on the back of this. Changes the leads. Try to narrow it down a little.
Be careful just plugging drives into other NAS units. These Buffalo units come with the OS installed on the drive not on the NAS's flash so you may wipe something that you don't want to if you plug it into another NAS..
I'd be safer to plug the drives individually into a PC via a spare SATA lead. Even if it can'r read the linux files (without Linux or a Linux VM on the PC) you should at least be able to see if the drives spin up OK.

Edited by: "meggie_dude" 16th Oct 2015
meggie_dude

Blimey mate - this could be anything.Is it all lights or just the network … Blimey mate - this could be anything.Is it all lights or just the network connection?If all it could be anything from a blown fuse in the plug to a PSU thats packed up.If its just no flashing light on the back network port, again it could be any manner of things. Are you using Powerline adapters? If so, is that working? Dodgy network cables or sockets will stop the network light flashing.Could be anything.Take the NAS to where the router is and plug it into one of the ethernet ports on the back of this. Changes the leads. Try to narrow it down a little.Be careful just plugging drives into other NAS units. These Buffalo units come with the OS installed on the drive not on the NAS's flash so you may wipe something that you don't want to if you plug it into another NAS..I'd be safer to plug the drives individually into a PC via a spare SATA lead. Even if it can'r read the linux files (without Linux or a Linux VM on the PC) you should at least be able to see if the drives spin up OK.



meggie_dude

Blimey mate - this could be anything.Is it all lights or just the network … Blimey mate - this could be anything.Is it all lights or just the network connection?If all it could be anything from a blown fuse in the plug to a PSU thats packed up.If its just no flashing light on the back network port, again it could be any manner of things. Are you using Powerline adapters? If so, is that working? Dodgy network cables or sockets will stop the network light flashing.Could be anything.Take the NAS to where the router is and plug it into one of the ethernet ports on the back of this. Changes the leads. Try to narrow it down a little.Be careful just plugging drives into other NAS units. These Buffalo units come with the OS installed on the drive not on the NAS's flash so you may wipe something that you don't want to if you plug it into another NAS..I'd be safer to plug the drives individually into a PC via a spare SATA lead. Even if it can'r read the linux files (without Linux or a Linux VM on the PC) you should at least be able to see if the drives spin up OK.



Yeah, I should've stated more but didn;t want to hi-jack.

Actually, it just started working. Switched it off for a few days and powered it up. Hurray !
It always powered up, discs spun, fans ran etc but the network lights on the NAS and the switch were not blinking. Now they are. Nothing has changed except that its been switched off for a few days. A restart didn't work before.

Time to move these files maybe..
Ok. so my Buffalo unit came today. Yeah a Sunday delivery a lot sooner that the stated date.
Initial early impressions
Teeney tiny unit, not much bigger that the two disks inside. fairly quiet, single solid light on front. looks good.
Easy enough to set up. Didn't bother with instructions or install app to PC from CD.
Just set a static IP for the MAC address on my router and went in that way from a browser.
Pretty basic NAS. not many options to choose, so great if you just want a simple setup that just works.
Setup out of the box in a RAID1/mirror setup, so just shy of 4TB usable.
Setup a share and turned on SMB and there you go. PC can see the share no worries
Still trying to get my other Zyxel NAS to sync files to it.
Would be great if i could ssh to it and have a dig around on the internals. Trouble is there's not much info on how to tweak these units.
Anyway not a big deal. Its a basic NAS that does what it says on the tin.
Looks ok at this early stage.
Money well spent
Edited by: "meggie_dude" 18th Oct 2015
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meggie_dude

Ok. so my Buffalo unit came today. Yeah a Sunday delivery a lot sooner … Ok. so my Buffalo unit came today. Yeah a Sunday delivery a lot sooner that the stated date.Initial early impressionsTeeney tiny unit, not much bigger that the two disks inside. fairly quiet, single solid light on front. looks good.Easy enough to set up. Didn't bother with instructions or install app to PC from CD.Just set a static IP for the MAC address on my router and went in that way from a browser. Pretty basic NAS. not many options to choose, so great if you just want a simple setup that just works.Setup out of the box in a RAID1/mirror setup, so just shy of 4TB usable.Setup a share and turned on SMB and there you go. PC can see the share no worriesStill trying to get my other Zyxel NAS to sync files to it. Would be great if i could ssh to it and have a dig around on the internals. Trouble is there's not much info on how to tweak these units.Anyway not a big deal. Its a basic NAS that does what it says on the tin.Looks ok at this early stage.Money well spent




Mine came yesterday:)
2x WD green inside - so well happy - however mine were in Raid 0.
So had to delete array and create one in Raid1. Syncing takes ages...35hrs later 95% done...
I agree with meggie_dude - pretty easy to set up users, shared folders, web access, dlna and stuff - but from the IT guy point of view...IMO - for non techie person instructions are hmmm...**** and lots of searching over the net how to set up individual options.
Overall very happy as well especially that thanks to Flubit I managed to get 12quid off the price
maverik

Mine came yesterday:)2x WD green inside - so well happy - however mine … Mine came yesterday:)2x WD green inside - so well happy - however mine were in Raid 0.So had to delete array and create one in Raid1. Syncing takes ages...35hrs later 95% done...I agree with meggie_dude - pretty easy to set up users, shared folders, web access, dlna and stuff - but from the IT guy point of view...IMO - for non techie person instructions are hmmm...**** and lots of searching over the net how to set up individual options. Overall very happy as well especially that thanks to Flubit I managed to get 12quid off the price


12 quid off an already excellent price - well done you. Forgot about Flubit - damn it.
At the price we got it for its a bargain. If I'd have bought it at the original RRP I'd have been mighty underwhelmed.
Yes, just to confirm mine are also Western Greens - WD40EZRX. Great drives - and at an outstanding price.
Yes that is fair comment I guess about the instructions for the non-techie.
As I say I just dived straight in - but then I've been here before and know what to expect.
Bit odd that you ended up with a RAID0/striped setup. Thought they all came with a mirrored setup.
Todays task it to see if I can get this data synced from my Zyxel. Because of the limitations of the Buffalo (I can't seem to get rsync to work, and I cannot telnet or ssh into the unit), but then as I said before this is a basic NAS and will not be as flexible as more expensive units.
In terms of firmware mine demanded a firmware upgrade which I installed,
Always annoying when this isn't pre-installed, but best to get out of the way before any important data is loaded.
In terms of streaming and Bit-Torrent - for those who need to know, Twonky is pre-installed and its running the latest version of Transmission (Bit-Torrent Client v2.84) which is encouraging.
Enjoy.
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