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Customer Review

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to setup and use, 23 Aug. 2012
This review is from: NETGEAR RND2000-200EUS ReadyNAS Duo 2 Bay Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage (Diskless), iTunes Server, Plex Server, DLNA Media Streaming and RAID (Accessory)
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I am baffled by the negative reviews of this product. I simply put in two hard drives, switched it on, and used the supplied application to detect the device and allow me to set it up. The only negative point was that I could not initialise the drives (They had partitions on them already) from the Application, so I had to hook them up to an e-Sata port on my PC and use the Windows diskpart tool. This was a minor irritation, but I would have through the application should allow the user to do this. According to the manual, the boot menu's reset feature should initialise the drives, but I could not get it to work so I just used my PC instead.

There's no manual provided, but it doesn't take long to download one (A must if you want to use the 'boot menu', as you have to use the LEDs on the front panel & the reset switch on the back to reboot the unit into the mode you want.)

The supplied application listens out of ReadyNAS connections and lists them all, and then really just creates shortcuts to the windows standard network browser or a web-based interface for configuration and monitoring. Quite surprised at how useable the web interface was - it even tells you the fan speed (Although the animated fan was a bit OTT!).

Once setup, the drive just appears on the network as a share. As soon as it was ready I used it to watch a couple of films through a network media player without and problems.

A well made piece of equipment that is currently good value at the price - solid metal case with a quality finish and a magnetic door behind which the trays for the hard drives are slotted in.

When you run setup you get a choice of Raid type - one is a proprietry format, the other is standard RAID 0 or 1 (Mirroring.) I used the standard, but it looks as if Netgear's own X-Raid has some pretty useful features.
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