With the burgeoning demands for larger terabyte storage devices and increasing number of consumers storing gigabytes of videos, photos and music, we have been witnessing major changes in the storage Industry. This thirsty need for storage is becoming a common place for users around the world.
|1. Device Type||NAS Server|
|2. Host Connectivity||Gigabit Ethernet|
|3. Max Supported Capacity||4 TB|
|5. Data Link Protocol||Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet|
|6. Power adapter||External|
|7. Voltage Required||AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)|
|8. Storage controller Type||RAID- Internal|
|9. RAID Level||RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 0|
|10. OS Required||Apple MacOS 10.4.11 or later,|
|Microsoft Windows Vista/2000/XP|
|11. Interfaces||1 * Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-T- RJ-45, 3*Hi-Speed USB-4 pin USB Type A|
|12. Service and Support||3 years Warranty|
|13. Min Operating Temperature||41 F|
|14. Max Operating Temperature||95 F|
The Western Digital NAS device is a 4-bay device comprising of 1 TB WD Drives. These drives consume 33% less power than the other drives whilst running cool. The promising feature of this storage device is its all-metal enclosure in place of a plastic enclosure in the previous storage devices. The Device as such is about the size of five 1 TB drives stacked on top of each other. The enclosure allows the drives to run quite cool compared to the previous drives. The Chassis is craggy enough to last long and leaves the unit cold. The ports are well within reach and push-buttons for easy data transfers. The drives can be easily swapped after powering it down.
The WD ShareSpace has 3 USB ports, two in the rear and one in the front, Gigabit Ethernet and two buttons.
Some of its features include iTunes server support, email alerts, Microsoft Active Directory support, a download manager, WD AnyWhere network backup software, MioNet remote access, an FTP server, and so runs the list. It also includes certain administration options. Storage is handled in RAID0, RAID1, or RAID5. It runs smoothly with Windows 2000/XP/Vista as well as OS X. The primary interface with NAS is with the Browser where you can access your download manager. Certain things like permissions, user access are made as easy as possible.
Now moving to the transfer speeds. Average transfer speeds reported to be lying in the range of 6.5 MB/s to 7.91 MB/s that’s equivalent to nearly 52-63.28Mb/s. Its not a blistering speed, but certainly good enough. It seems to be a little bulky for certain consumers, but a good new- entry for NAS devices.
The Western Digital ShareSpace is prices at about $699 with two 1 TB drives and $999 for four 1 TB drives.
The Newbie if the NAS devices WD ShareSpace packs great storage capacities with portability to a certain extent. It has four 1 TB drives stacked on each other, enclosed by an all-metal enclosure giving us a robust product. The all metal enclosure allows it to run cool compared to previous devices. The USB port is a notable providing users compatibility with present systems. ShareSpace provides decent transfer speeds and certainly a big step in NAS. Although we have got certain complaints from customers stating that these devices are not compatible with MAC OSx systems. Its certainly worth the cost for it provides greater capacity and reliable speeds. The most appreciable part is that its installment is plain and simple and removing the need for professionals to do the work.