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poor performance and poor value for money,
This review is from: Buffalo LinkStation Mini 240 GB Solid State Disk Storage Device with DNLA Media Server (Accessory)On February 7, 2009 Buffalo Technology launched the LinkStation Mini SSD that was at the time the first consumer level SSD NAS enclosure available. The LinkStation Mini SSD weighs 0.5 kg and has a capacity of 240GB with a built-in DNLA media server. It also has built-in WebAccess(tm) providing users with access to all their digital media files via the Internet from any PC, Mac or iPhone. The device has two 120gb SSD drives fitted and can be configured in Raid 0 to make use of all the space or RAID 1, resulting in only 120gb of space but offering data redundancy.
Being a sealed unit the drives cannot be accessed and so any problems mean the whole unit has to be sent off rather than individual drives. This in itself raises issues regards the data. Use this for your business? There is no guarantee you will get the same unit back with a replacement disk, so depending on buffalo's policies surrounding wiping/disposing of hard disks you could be handing over pretty sensitive data.
An initial concern as well was the lack of TRIM support. It is not clear if the drives have inbuilt garbage collection or if Buffalo have implemented some form of TRIM. Given that this would appear unlikely, one could only expect the drives to degrade over time.
Although Buffalo has fitted solid state drives to its latest NAS, does it offer any genuine real-world benefits beyond being very small and economical on the power?
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand (82 x 40 x 135 mm) and quiet enough to keep in your lounge, the LinkStation Mini SSD is both fan-less and motor-less and hence has very low power consumption. With no internal moving parts, it will also be more reliable and quieter than other NAS devices.
Other key features
* Low power consumption, auto powers on/off with your PC
* Supports RAID 0/1
* Supports iTunes
* Supports Apple Bonjour
* Supports Apple Active Directory
* Direct copy allows users to copy files from attached USB devices directly
* Includes Memeo AutoBackup software for PC or Mac
* LAN Interface
* Standard Compliance: IEEE802.3ab / IEEE802.3u / IEEE802.3 Standard
* Transmission Speed: 10/100/1000 Mbps
* Connector Type: RJ-45
* Number of Ports: 1 (Auto MIDX)
* Standard Compliance: USB 2.0
Internal Hard Drives
* Number of Drives: 2
* Drive Interface: SATA
* SSD Capacity: 120GB
* Total Capacity: 240GB
* Supported Operation Mode: RAID 0, 1 and Standard
Protocol Support & OS Compatibility
* Networking: TCP/IP
* File Sharing: SMB/CIFS, AFP, FTP
* Management: HTTP
* AD Authentication: LDAP
* OS Compatibility: Win® Vista, XP, 2000, Win Server 2003/2008, Win XP MCE 2005/2004 and Mac OS® 10.3 or higher
* Power Consumption Average. 10w
* Operating Environment: 5-35 C, 10-80% (non-condensing)
* Power Supply: External AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
We wanted to like Buffalo's LinkStation Mini SSD. It's simple to configure, compact and power-efficient, but it's no more energy efficient than the hard disk-based version of the LinkStation. The SSD LinkStation displayed speed and power consumption no better than LinkStation mini with standard disks. The noise, however, has greatly reduced from 17-19db to 0.4db at idle and 2.3db at drive access. We found the software was quite outdated and the ip login was clunky and not in the slightest user friendly. However, I am unsure if this could be resolved through an update. After 8 hours of formatting, which can't be good for an SSD, we are still unable to access the shared folders!
The drive is no faster than the standard LinkStation mini and is in fact slower than most current NAS solutions, with its performance only likely to degrade further due to the characteristics of the SSD's. Its disks aren't designed to be user serviceable either.
If you must have a compact, power-efficient NAS, our recommendation is Synology's DS412 Slim that accepts 2.5" hard drives. It isn't much bigger, has four easily accessible hard disk sleds, is very quiet and is much quicker at copying files when fitted with standard hard disks.
In conclusion, it offers absolutely no advantages over hard disk based solutions yet is almost twice the price. I would unfortunately have to say this is an outdated misstep, that thankfully cannot be bought in many places.