Someday one of these companies is going to get serious about providing a storage device that is REALLY focused on storage capabilities. I mean, come on, including a GigE NIC is nice, but it would be a lot more useful if they also included the iSCSI protocol in that linux kernal.
So it's a single drive (so no RAID), no NFS solution that voids your warrenty if you even open it to replace the drive...I don't like it as a NAS. Even though it has network support it's just a sophisticated external hard drive with a fancy web interface to me. Even though it is technically network attached storage, there should be some higher level of criteria I think before a product is marketed as a NAS.
It's really no different to me than buying a cheap $300 HP desktop, putting it on the network and calling it a server. Sure, it can provide services as a server to some level, but to me, that's not a server.
Can anyone recommend a simple 3.5" external 750 gb enclosure with an internal SATA 3 interface, USB 2 external interface, and a simple on/off switch? I don't need RAID yet.
Must be able to format the drive in one big 750 gb partition using Win XP.
The Buffalo Linkstation Pros (LS-250GL) are just starting to show up as available on Pricegrabber, etc. It varies from week to week, I think there must have been some delays in shipping and/or high demand. Standard roll-out stuff. Buffalo appears to have tweaked the name a bit, also, last minute (was Linkstation II), which may have led to some confusion.
What you might want to do is also search for some of the other models in the line:
These seem to have a lot more sellers and stock right now than the LS250GL (and LS500GL), which must be popular.
Observationally, the Linkstation Pro pricing points still seem a little high to me. Now, if they're selling out, that's the market, but they're pretty close on a $ (US) per Gigabyte, and for a single disk box, that's a tad high. Of course, you're paying right now for the performance, and the competition (Maxtor Fusion, for example, granted that's a RAID capable box) is somewhat higher right now. Still, we have other networking companies, like D-Link (see DNS-323) refreshing their offerings, and every sign then that the Buffalo is priced too high, long term. But for now, the market determines the price, and there's not a lot out yet that's forcing Buffalo down cheaper. That will probably change very shortly.
I managed to track one of these down (250 gb version) and I really wished I hadn't.
It was easy to set up, hooked into AD with no problems and the access is superbly fast. I am running some sync software over a DSL line for backup purposes and data access to a remote office which the punters seemed to like.
The firmware is still initial release which carries a major flaw. If the power is switched off then it is liable to loose its settings. I have seen them loose the AD credentials which is a quick 5 min job to fix (just log in and re-input the credentials) but the this morning I saw one with the firmware wiped which was caused by a power outage at the weekend (it is sitting on a UPS but the main fuse tripped in the electrical cabinet). I then had the joyous task of speaking to their technical support
Support Guy 2 - didn't have a clue what he was doing and every other word was "can I put you on hold" - Everybody has to learn so I can't hold that against him but when I'm paying 8.5p per min to get help with a problem Buffalo have created I expect the call to be as quick as possible)
Support Guy 3 - Acted like a right arogant ***** and I got the impression that it was all my fault and I was going to burn for it (don't get me wrong I don't want the full on suit you sir customer relation but a simple please and thank-you wouldn't go a miss)
Anyway rant over. The outcome was that they have declared that the Linkstation is a write-off. I have an RMA ticket to swap it for a new one. The main reason I went for the Linkstation was that I couldn't get hold of the Snap servers but now that Adaptec are putting stock out I have agreed with my IT supplier that i can return this for a refund and purchase a SNAP instead.
To be fair I was really impressed with the Linkstation but I think it is too early in its life to use. If you still want one I would suggest that you wait for a new version of firmware to be released
My Linkstation Pro now clearly has a fault and I am returning it.
This introduces a potential problem. There is no easy way of destroying the data on the disk, short of using a hammer which might stop me getting my money back. Fortunately I had only got as far as playing with the thing. This is not like a computer, where one has control over the secure delete program, or can remove the disk.