Buffalo LinkStation Quad 1.0TB

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are finding their way into more and more households. The LinkStation Quad is one of Buffalo’s latest home-aimed models and is available with three different storage capacities

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Buffalo LinkStation Quad 1.0TB
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  March 24, 2009

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Key Specs

Capacity: 1TB
Connectivity: Gigabit ethernet
Number of drives: 4
Price: $820
RAID support: 0, 1, 5, 10

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Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are finding their way into more and more households. The LinkStation Quad is one of Buffalo’s latest home-aimed models and is available with three different storage capacities.

Our test sample is the entry-level model that sports four 250Gbyte hard drives and the LinkStation can be configured so that it runs its four drives individually or using RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10. If you’re taking advantage of RAID (and we recommend that you do), the best option that provides both data security and performance are RAID 5 and RAID 10.

Beyond its flexible storage options the LinkStation also offers home-friendly features. The most useful is its built-in media server. Though you’ll need a bit of knowledge to set it up, it is quite powerful and allows you to stream content to a remote device such as a iPhone or PlayStation3. Like other NAS devices we’ve tested before, the Quad also features two USB ports, which can be used to add additional storage or hook up a printer.

On the performance front, the Buffalo proved agile as it returned short transfer times. Copying a 4.2Gbyte test folder from our PC to the NAS took 10 minutes and 44 seconds and copying the same data back to the PC took eight minutes and 19 seconds. Western Digital’s MyBook World Edition required 15 minutes and 14 seconds and 11 minutes and 36 seconds respectively.

Verdict:A feature-rich NAS device that offers flexibility and great performance for a competitive price.

3548 days ago
ocgamer
User rating: 1 stars

Pros: When it works you can share files over a network that are already on the drive or copy to the drive.

Cons: Buggy firmware constantly has to dealt with like updating the date and time which is never right no matter how many times you call tech support and try to fix it. Also doesnt work with any printers. One of the features was that you could plug a printer into the back of the buffalo drive and use the printer across the network. This used to work on my system untill they came out with a new firmware to fix the date and time bug now my printer doesnt work and tech support has no clue. They try to shift the blame at first untill I told them it used to work until the new firmware came out. Its a bit expensive for a 1TB drive, there are alot of cheaper ways to go and less headache. This drive isnt ready for mass use yet.

Dont buy the drive!

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