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nekrosoft13
01-08-07, 12:05 AM
OK, today i bought a buffalo gigabit linkstation pro 500gb NAS drive.

and i just can't help, but i must rant about it. This device is simply useless.

lets start from beginning, I was shopping for a new external drive to replace my 300gb maxtor usb/firewire drive.
and saw what looked like a great device, and decided why not make it a NAS, instead of just a simple external drive.

Set-up was quite easy, very easy. Now this is where all this trouble starts. Performance was simply horrible.

main pc
marvell gigabit (main nic)
nvidia gigabit (just used during this testing)

server pc
nvidia gigabit

i tried all 3 connections, with two gigabit devices. tried with d-link dgl-4300 and d-link 8 port gigabit switch.

in all cases i was getting around 12-16mb/s transfer speed. WTF !!

tried with jumbo frames on (pc and nas), tried with off. all the same ****.

tomorrow going back to the store to return this POS.

12-16mb/s over gigabit is a ****ing joke.

Phillychuck
01-09-07, 07:35 AM
I was disappointed with the Linksys EFG120 NAS a friend gave me. Claims to have a "gigabit" port but transfers even slower at around 10mb/sec. The thing even sells for around $400 LOL.

nekrosoft13
01-09-07, 08:16 AM
I was disappointed with the Linksys EFG120 NAS a friend gave me. Claims to have a "gigabit" port but transfers even slower at around 10mb/sec. The thing even sells for around $400 LOL.

gigabit port should give you transfer speed of around 60+mb/s, thats the speed i'm getting when moving files from one PC to the next.
thats why i bought it, should have been faster then firewire.

NAS with "gigabit" port and only getting 12-16mb/s, its false advertising.

nekrosoft13
01-09-07, 03:30 PM
got response from Buffalo

wow, i should feel lucky, their norm is 10mb/s

> Artur,
> In our testing, we typically get around 7-10 MBps with a gigabit
> connection, so the speeds you are getting are, in fact, above the norm.
> The Linkstations are intended as backup solutions, not file servers,
> and are optimized to be quiet, run cool, and fit in a small, compact area.
> The processor and memory on the device are also geared toward these
> ends, which is what ultimately limits the transfer speed of the
> device, especially when writing large amounts of data to the Linkstation.
>
>
>
>
> Thank you,
> James E


and from their website

http://www.buffalotech.com/images/product_overview/ls-lspro-comparison.jpg
http://www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage/linkstation/linkstation-pro/

also notice here
http://images.tigerdirect.com/SkuImages/gallery/large/B75-1118-x.JPG

As Fast as USB 2.0 Hard Drives, bull****

ynnek
01-09-07, 04:24 PM
Well, the interface is fast,

but the actual sustained drive performance is always the limiting factor.

Although that seems a bit low too compared a internal hard drive.. Just glancing around i see specs of sustained transfer rates of the faster drives like around 30 MB/s (may not be exactly the same as Mbits? i always get confused)

However, things will slow down if files are fragmented and what not.


for example,
http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q3/deskstar-7k500/index.x?pg=1

Bman212121
01-09-07, 05:31 PM
Well, the interface is fast,

but the actual sustained drive performance is always the limiting factor.

Although that seems a bit low too compared a internal hard drive.. Just glancing around i see specs of sustained transfer rates of the faster drives like around 30 MB/s (may not be exactly the same as Mbits? i always get confused)

However, things will slow down if files are fragmented and what not.


for example,
http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q3/deskstar-7k500/index.x?pg=1

Yup, 30MBps is a good number for avg xfer across usb 2.0. The problem is in the interface itself. Most of them are built upon linux, so they can't use NTFS, or if the volume is, it can't be written to. So it's more of a software limitation when trying to deal with Fat32 or ext3 partitions. My friend has one of the nas adapters, and it is the same way. Afaik all of them suck at this point in time. Your better off just using an old pc with a usb 2.0 card in it.