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4.0 out of 5 stars Set up a pain but great device, 20 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Buffalo LinkStation 421E - Marvell ARMADA 370 1.2GHz ARMv7 , 512Mb RAM ,2 Bay Diskless NAS Device (Accessory)
I have had this NAS for 24 hours now but for the first 3 hours I was ready to send it back. As others have stated the documentation is woeful. Also, I could not get it to be seen on my network for 3 hours as it stated that it was booted in emergency mode.

Searching the internet I found this link to forcing a firmware upgrade.

http://commonmanrants.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/buffalo-linkstation-partition-not-found.html

[Edit 20/06/14 - I have found another link describing exactly what I did before so let's see if Amazon delete this one too]

Do not buy this NAS without looking at this link first as you will need it to force a firmware upgrade to get the thing to work. It is frustratingly hard to find this link in the first place. I had to rebuild the partition table and delete the user config to get mine to work.

Anyway, I have a 3tb and 1tb drive in it. The Samsung 1tb drive is not on the capability list but it works o.k.

The drive is fast - I was copying over 200gb of data per hour.

It is also quiet. The only noise I can hear is the hard disks spinning in it.

So frustratingly hard to set up but fast in use.

On the strength of this product I have bought a 4 bay Buffalo drive that was a lot easier to set up but is somehow a bit slower in data transfer - still a great product though.

Update 05/12/13. I have bought another of these NAS devices as the price had dropped to £75 and I still have a few spare hard disks lying around. As I had learnt from my previous experience I had the second NAS up and running in half an hour - still had to force the firmware upgrade and I had already downloaded it for the first one. Buffalo really do need to update the firmware on the NAS's they send out to sell as it is unacceptable to have to go through such painful steps to get them to work. Still 4 stars though based on performance.....
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Initial post: 15 Apr 2014 02:43:28 BDT
Kaibil says:
I am in the same situation and it would have helped if the link Richard placed had not been removed, I am going to have to return the unit. It is unacceptable how Buffalo is able to sell units with this issue.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2014 11:59:46 BDT
Dm Gouveia says:
I am also waiting for the link to be re-posted this is unacceptable from Buffalo and I am also considering returning this back. Amazon please provide the link.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2014 00:22:13 BDT
Found a new link describing exactly what I did last time.

http://commonmanrants.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/buffalo-linkstation-partition-not-found.html

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2014 12:00:58 BDT
Dm Gouveia says:
Mines is apparently faulty according to a week of communincation with Buffalo. I will give it another go, thanks for your reply.
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