Unreliable & scary
12/13/2012 12:57:16 PM
Matthias Otto from Edmonton, Canada writes:
- Freezes once a month.
Stuck in a bricked-kinda mode after trying to flash/upgrade the firmware (super scary).
- Don't bother.
2/16/2012 10:26:52 AM
D.Chow from Calgary writes:
- cheap price
As with Mr. Gagne -
"Considering that my intent when purchasing this product was to safeguard my data with RAID 5 configuration, I was none too impressed....seagate drives and in the process wiped the volume clean."
Instead for me, I have 4 2TB seagate drives -
Bought in Sept. 2011 - first drive failed Oct. 2011 - ME replaced the drive (within 30 days).
second drive failed Jan. 2012 - so now I'll have to buy another drive, and I've lost data.
- At first I thought maybe I just got a defective drive.
But, what are the odds I would get two defective drives in a 4 month period?
I used to run my file serving from a 10 y/o linux machine without raid - and in all that time, I've never had the same drive fail twice within a 4 month period.
Also, it's VERY slow.
Getting a Drobo instead. Maybe then I'll feel my data is safe.
1/2/2012 10:35:26 PM
Andrew from Edmonton writes:
- Has been running for a year without incident
- Very slow
Poor documentation, be prepared to sift through the forum
Strong NAS, For The Price
8/14/2011 7:34:19 AM
Darcy from Airdrie writes:
- Good feature set all around, has the ability to alert you via e-mail should there be a n issue with the box Easy access to drives should you need to replace the.Works with MAC, however the performance is poor out of the box unless you do some tweeking.
- Find it to fairly slow over the network
- Worth the money and works well as a redundant backup for a small home or business application.
You get what you pay for.
6/5/2011 4:13:00 PM
Aaron Heibert from Edmonton, Ab writes:
- Great JBOD box.
- RAID. Do not even bother. Even with 10k RPM drives, it is HORRIBLY slow with RAID5.
- Great external case for four drives WITHOUT RAID. Im not even sure how this unit made it onto shelves, it is THAT slow.
Go buy a QNAP - don't fart around with this thing.
Will Buy Another
7/28/2010 4:01:53 PM
Scott from Calgary writes:
- Zero Maintenance
Print server works well
- I am about to head out the door to buy another one. Mine is almost full. I would recommend this to anyone in need of storing large volumes of data at home or for small business.
got it to work but very slow.
4/9/2010 1:17:15 PM
Craig from Calgary writes:
- emails reports of failures
adjustable drive spin down to conserve power
can create only one raid volume
- Can create only one huge raid volume. If not all disk used rest are used to create concantenated volume which is worst possible method (slow and ultra-risky). I Created raid-5 volume. ext3 filesystem performance crappy: 5MB/sec write, 15 MB/sec read. Switch to ext2 to preserve sanity. 7MB/sec write (still crappy), 25MB/sec read. Worried about having all eggs in one basket with less safe filesystem. Had I known these facts I would never have bought one. Documentation very poor.
Don't buy if you want to use active directory
3/18/2010 9:20:23 AM
Greg from Calgary writes:
- -stocked locally, no waiting to order it in
- -ADS addon will not uninstall
-ADS addon will crash every couple days like clockwork rendering NAS shares unreachable
-Other ADS problems that were fixed in a new beta but now the box is crashing so hard I have to unplug it and then wait 30 hours for it to do a raid sync.
- Look elsewhere.
I 'upgraded' from a DNS-323 to this 343. This box may or may not be stable without the ADS addon installed but I have no way of testing as it will not uninstall completely. I am running *no* other services like ftp, itunes, media server, bit torrent and it is still not stable. I see a lot of complaints about unresponsive boxes in their forums so it might not just be a problem with the beta firmware.
Save yourself some long term pain and just order in a better box.
RE: DNS-343 has major flaws
1/15/2010 5:32:48 PM
Sahba Akbari from Calgary writes:
- See my previous post
- The unit does a poor job of handling disk errors.
Customer service is very poor.
- Further to my earlier post, when I decided to configure my units as 4 standard drives to see if the freezing problem is due to RAID 5, I foundout one of my four drives was damaged. All drives passed the DNS-343 quick and detailed SMART tests and scandisk, but one of the drives was not working. I replaced the damaged drive (under memoryexpresses IPR) and the unit has been running solidly. I now can give this unit a 4 out of 5 and I could upgrade to 5 out of 5 if it handled drive errors better.
DNS-343 has major flaws
1/4/2010 6:07:29 PM
Sahba Akbari from Calgary writes:
- Beautiful compact design.
Very easy to install hard drives and configure.
- Unstable and unreliable.
Unit freezes frequently and at random.
D-Link customer service is very poor and un-helpful.
- This NAS is not dependable. I am using the firmware version 1.03 with four 1.5 TB Western Digital drives (WD15EADS). The unit freezes at random and the fan stays on. You can not shut down the unit. The problem is well documented and you can read about about by type "DNS-343 Freezes" in google. I have already returned my first unit to memory express under their excellent IPR plan. But the flaw is with the design of the unit and my second unit has exactly the same problem.