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BUFFALO TeraStation ES 4-Bay 4 TB (4 x 1 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) – TS-XE4.0TL/R5

BUFFALO TeraStation ES 4-Bay 4 TB (4 x 1 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) - TS-XE4.0TL/R5

Buffalo’s TeraStation ES offers a cost-effective, reliable RAID-based network attached storage (NAS) solution that is packed with features like Active Directory integration, real-time share replication, and hot swap and hot spare hard drives, designed for business continuity and disaster recovery. The TeraStation ES delivers unmatched performance at a great value.

  • New CPU increases performance by over 2x from Pro II
  • Replication, Hot-spare, Hot-swap provide exceptional reliability
  • Quad Drive NAS with Hot-swap Drives

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Question by Random: Whats a good Network atached storage device/OS i can use that my friend can acess from his network?
Me and my friends do allot of youtube video and they consist of allot of gaming. we like to do jump cuts back and forth betwene the two of us so the viewers get a better idea of where each of us are relative to each other and in the environment.

But heres the problem, the only way he is able to get the files to me is through an external hard drive which we need to hand off in pirson which isint very convenient. Im looking for the best network atached storage device/Operating system that will allow me store files on it, and allow my friends to do the same from his house.

As for suplies i have at the moment i currently have an old dell system (32Bit processor, 2GB of RAM and a very fast NIC) that is running windows XP home, and i also have an old 1TB HDD that i can plug into that, would that be good to run FreeNAS or another free network atached storage program? ive thought about how if i need to im willing to pick up a Sata controller card and maybe get a 2TB WD drive or something, maybe 2 and put them in a RAID-1. but thats just short term plans.

So what i wanna know:
-Whats a good NAS device/OS?
-Will my friend be able to acess it from his house?
-Will it be fairly fast, but cost efficient?

Id also like to know just for future reference what i could do if i had a higher budget (like $ 1500 as opposed to now with $ 300).

Best answer:

Answer by gandhi_2
Roll your own with a freenas with raid-z is a great option. Spares you from having to get a REAL raid card.

Drobos are kinda neat.
QNAP, Thecus, and Synology are kinda the next step in NAS, between the pro-sumer area but not quite crazy like an HP4000 lefthand SAN or Equalogic Array.

Anything that is networkable could be accessed from outside his house. You guys just gotta work out the port forwarding on the router.

FreeNas and all the commercial NAS’es have web file access. Other protocols like SMB and NFS are supported too… often even iSCSI.

A NAS is between “offline storage” like a tape, but not quite online storage like a $ 40,000 SAN. But seriously, the bottleneck will be the network most likely. These things support gig and even 10 gig ethernet, and fast drives can saturate those easily.

The computer you use for FreeNas doesn’t need to be all that special. Most NAS’s are low-end server equipment with a nice raid controller in a nice box.

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Oh, I should point out that 32-bit and ZFS can be a little rough. You can google 32 bit freenas zfs for the fine tunings, but suffice it to say that very large pools with heavy usage, 64 bit and all the cheap ram you can throw at it will serve you well.

You could always just do a linux file server, use LVM2 to build a raid-like array. The file access would likewise be roll-your-own, install samba, nfs server, setup apache (or something else) for file access.

One day BTRFS will be all growed up and you could use that instead of ZFS.

OpenFiler is a good alternative to FreeNas. It’s linux (instead of freebsd), is usually faster, but doesn’t do zfs, but does do drbd.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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What customers say about BUFFALO TeraStation ES 4-Bay 4 TB (4 x 1 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) – TS-XE4.0TL/R5?

  1. 10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    terrible support service, July 22, 2011

    Worst service support I have ever experienced.
    None of the Buffalo products have a good service model.
    Takes 2-3 weeks to get a replacement
    and you have to buy another one before they will ship you the replacement.
    Plus they charge you for shipping. If you are looking to bur $100 piece of equipment might be acceptable.
    If you are buying this for you business, be sure you can afford to have a 2+ week downtime in the event of a product failure

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  2. 7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Consider it Dead the moment the waranty expires., October 17, 2011
    John Smith “Video Fan” (LA, CA USA) –

    This review is from: BUFFALO TeraStation ES 4-Bay 4 TB (4 x 1 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) – TS-XE4.0TL/R5 (Personal Computers)

    Buffalo is not a trustworthy vendor.

    They offer pretty horrible support when the unit is under warranty– but that’s not where the problem lies. BUFFALO OFFERS NO SUPPORT FOR PRODUCTS JUST-OUT-OF WARRANTY. You are on your own. You cannot pay them to help you. They will give you horrible advice to get you out of their hair.

    When my NAS crashed, I was told to spend $6000 to get a “data recovery firm” to restore my data.

    It took me several months to figure out what to do instead. I knew the disks were OK. (I had caused the electronic failure by plugging it in poorly. So I bought a similar unit on ebay and took them both apart and rebuilt mine with the spare parts from ebay. Saved me $5500.

    For me the whole point of a RAID redundant NAS is reliablity. YOu don’t get that with Buffalo. No service is available except warranty service.

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing device, June 6, 2013

    This review is from: BUFFALO TeraStation ES 4-Bay 4 TB (4 x 1 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) – TS-XE4.0TL/R5 (Personal Computers)

    I have read so many poor reviews on this product and just don’t get why. More than likely it isn’t being set up correctly.

    I have owned mine for about 3 months now and have had nothing but an awesome experience with it. When i first opened it up i was a little hesitant on setting it up. I consider myself pretty tech savvy but really wanted to make sure it was configured properly. So i called a buddy who specializes in networks and computer consultations.

    First, he made sure the correct port trunking was set up in my modem to allow the right information through the right ports. Then set it up to a RAID 5 system, the set all of the correct security settings. In a matter of a couple hours it was ready to start uploading all of our media. Let me say, this device is a beast. Everyone who has logged in to the settings are just amazed on how many features Buffalo has integrated and how solid the hardware is.

    Now, this terastation is being used for a full cloud system for our house, supporting 3 laptops, one desktop, 2 tablets, and 2 cell phones, and serves media streaming box to a smart TV, ps3, Wii U, all computers, tablets, WD Live plus media streamer, and more. It will directly download bit torrents without use of a computer, email logs daily, and host web pages.

    Its fully upgradable to expand to more storage if needed. My setup has 4 1tb HDDs which translates to around 2.7tb of usable data with the ability to hot swap drives if one goes bad. Currently we have over 1,300 movies, 30,000 songs, 2,500 family photos, my website with downloadable android custom roms, and still has over 1tb data left before it gets filled.

    It is hooked up directly to our modem for continual high speed access, has 15 accounts for friends and family to have access to the information, connected to a UPS for superior protection against power spikes, its set up as a print server for all inclusive access to all devices. Has 2 USB connections on the back to connect external HDDs to back up the data too.

    The only con I’ve experienced was in transfer speeds when first copying over my media collection. It took better part of 36 hours (not continual) to transfer all of our data. A lot of the time was dedicated to setting up folders for easier access over the network. But transfer speeds were terrible. Now that its all set up, transfer speeds are back to normal.

    Two thumbs up to Buffalo for an awesome device, another two thumbs up to my buddy for walking me through the initial setup, and to top it off, the terastation iii only set me back $220 and another $30 for shipping. If when i bought it i knew what i know now, i would easily pay $600+ for this.

    Hope this helps those interested in buying one.

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