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5.0 out of 5 stars Whispter quiet portable storage, 31 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Buffalo LinkStation Mini 500GB Compact Shared Network Storage with DLNA server (Personal Computers)
Buffalo have really come up with a good product here. The LinkStation mini works just like its larger brethren. Attach it to your network or router and it is instantly visible. It has a built in web interface where you can adjust its properties through your internet browser. You can set it to automatically backup to other drives on the network or send you automated system emails to confirm the status of the drive. You can also set up internet access so that you can access your drive from anywhere via the internet. The 2 drives inside can be used in series (RAID 0) for more storage capacity or in parallel for greater security(RAID 1). If one drive fails, all the data is safe on the other. The default is RAID 0. It's a 5 minute job to convert it to RAID 1 before you start using it. There's also a DLNA server so you can stream your music to other DLNA compatible media streamers - although I haven't used this yet. I have used the built in print server though. This allows you to connect a USB printer to the drive and to use the printer wirelessly over the network. Alternatively you can add extra storage to the USB port to backup the drive or increase the storage space available.

But the best thing about this drive is that it is unbelievably small and whisper quiet. It's about the size of an old-fashioned film camera or large digital camera and easily fits in your hand, brief case or handbag. There's no built in fan either. You can hear the 2 laptop drives when they are working hard but otherwise it is completely silent. The drive also has an auto setting which puts it into a sleep mode when it's not being used. Even when working it is quieter than my Sky+ box and could easily sit in a lounge or kitchen without being noticed.

If you can afford it the LinkStation mini is well worth the extra cost over all the other MUCH larger NAS storage devices.
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