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Buffalo TeraStation Pro rebuild array

In an effort to appeal to a wider market we're now seeing a number of desktop storage vendors packaging their main products in rack mount chassis. Netgear got the ball rolling last year with its excellent ReadyNAS 1100, Thecus dived in a little later with its 1U4500 and now Buffalo joins the club with its latest TeraStation Pro II Rackmount.

This move makes perfect sense as we've watched a lot of smaller businesses dropping compact rack cabinets into their offices to reduce floor space wastage. The Rackmount appliance fits a standard 19in rack and although it's built well enough Buffalo's design bods haven't been overly clever; as although the chassis supports no more than four hard disks, it is 2U high - most four-bay rack appliances, or servers for that matter, are only 1U high.

The main reason for this extra height is undoubtedly the large LCD display in the centre of the front panel, which can show the status of the hard disks, the type of RAID array and the IP address of the appliance. From the management web interface you can change the brightness of the display and let it cycle through the various settings. Usefully, the front panel and disk drives behind can be secured against wandering fingers although the power button is left unprotected.

The Rackmount is identical in the hardware department to the desktop TeraStation Pro II as it also sports a 500MHz Marvell Orion SoC (system on chip) partnered by a modest 128MB of SDRAM memory. The system on review is the 1TB TS-RH1.0TGL/R5-1 version that came equipped with a quartet of 250GB Samsung SATA hard disks. Note that although the hard disk carriers are removable they're not hot-swappable. Instead, Buffalo uses a quick swap feature where the drive carriers have a combined SATA/power connector cable which must be unplugged manually from the rear of the drive.

BUFFALO BUFFALO TeraStation 5400r WSS Rackmount 1U 16 TB 4-Bay (4 x 4 TB) RAID Windows Storage Server NAS (WS5400R1604)
Personal Computer (BUFFALO)
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard Edition, High performance dual-core Intel Atom D2700 Processor, DFS Replication, Failover clustering, Reduplication, Business-class...
  • High performance dual-core Intel Atom D2700 Processor
  • NovaBACKUP Business Essentials v14
  • DFS Replication
  • Business-class features
  • 4 GB Installed RAM
  • Remote file access

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BUFFALO BUFFALO TeraStation 5200 2-Bay 8 TB (2 x 4 TB) RAID Network Attached Storage (NAS) - TS5200D0802
Personal Computer (BUFFALO)
  • High performance Intel Atom D2550 dual-core processor
  • SoleraTec Phoenix RSM video surveillance management software (1 license)
  • Dual gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports with accessory support
  • Hot-swap SATA hard drive
  • NovaBACKUP Business Essentials v12 (10 licenses)
  • RAID 0,1, JBOD (Individual Disks)
  • Simultaneous NAS and iSCSI target support
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