"Easy to setup, poor performance"1.5 starson by jkhouw
Pros: Easy to setup, no software to install, cheap
Cons: poor performance, slow administration pages, unable to handle large files
Summary: While it is easy to setup, I had purchased this to store media files (large video files>1gb per file). Apparently (and western digital KNOWS this) the drive frequently freezes or locks up requiring a power cycle when transfering either more than 10,000 files OR files larger than 500MB at one time. Since almost all my files are more than 500MB, this basically makes this drive useless. Save your money, buy something else.I forgot to talk about the slow Administration: Accessing the web-based admin pages is painfully slow as noted by the CNET review. But I don't think they tried accessing the admin pages when there was a file transfer to the WD NAS- that basically renders the Admin pages unusable and may even time-out the browser.
Updated on Dec 10, 2009
Updated on Dec 10, 2009Oh one more failure: it has a USB to allow external USB drives to be connected to it so you can transfer files directly to it: unfortunately, it refuses to recognize the externally attached drives (I tried with a SmartDisk Firelite and a Maxtor drive)