Buffalo LinkStation Pro direct copy
|At a Glance|
|Summary||Updated, faster version of Buffalo's top-of-the-line single-drive NAS|
|Pros||• ~ 2X throughput of previous-generation Pro
• Low Power consumption
• Excellent performance vs. price
|Cons||• Slow USB backup
• Only one USB port
• Status reporting needs improvment
Buffalo's has been busy revamping and simplifying its entire NAS product line. They are still in the process of rolling out the new models that they introduced at CES, which include the TeraStation Duo, TeraStation III and the subject of this review, the LinkStation Pro XHL. I'll tell you up front that the XHL has reset the bar for single-drive NAS performance, with about 2X the performance of all other single-drive NASes tested.
The XHL has a glossy black plastic case vs. the LinkStation Live CHL's matte black. But otherwise it's the same. The rear panel (Figure 1) holds the sole USB 2.0 port, which cannot be expanded via a USB hub. So you have to choose between using it to share a printer or attaching a drive for storage expansion or backup.
Figure 1: Front and Rear panels
The Power Mode switch still requires the Buffalo NAS Navigator software to be used to automatically put the Pro into Sleep; there is otherwise no idle drive spindown feature. But you do now have access to three sleep / wake schedules for power management. The Function Button on the front panel can be used to reset the Pro to factory defaults and activate the Direct Copy function to copy the contents of a USB drive to the XHL.
The XHL draws only 11 W when active and 4W when "off". You'll hear the easily-replaceable fan when the XHL is booting. But even during the heavy load of testing, the Pro's fan was essentially inaudible. However, you will hear occasional dull "thunks" from the drive in a quiet room when it is busy.
Does this look normal for a buffalo link station live?
fill in the missing sectors by cloning using ignore ecc.