Buffalo Goes Tiny With Dual-Drive LinkStation Mini NAS

Buffalo Goes Tiny With Dual-Drive LinkStation Mini NAS

Buffalo may not hold the same level of household recognition compared to a LaCie, Seagate or Western Digital, but in the NAS world, it's a trusted name. Network Attached Storage solutions have been this company's wheelhouse for years now, and for those looking to get started in a simple way with a reliable face in the industry, there's hardly a better option on paper than the LinkStation Mini.

Designed not for the SMB crowd, but for the home users who need a more reliable way to backup and access their archived data, this new sleek, compact dual-drive device features an increase in performance, silent operations and a revamped UI compared to the previous model. There's also support for RAID 0 and RAID 1, which should be plenty for the (basic) target audience.

The device can hold two 2.5" (notebook-sized) hard drives, and the whole box measures just 1.57" x 3.22" x 5.31". It's fanless in nature and is geared for use in streaming situations. The new solution is available in 500GB and 1TB versions, and the USB port on the rear can offer added expansion if you outgrow that. The 500GB version will ship for $229.99, and the 1TB version for $329.99.


As a DLNA CERTIFIED ™ media server, the LinkStation Mini streams content to any DLNA compatible media device, including PlayStation 3 and Buffalo’s LinkTheater products. The LinkStation Mini is also an iTunes® server, seamlessly integrating with and allowing iTunes access to music files stored on the server’s hard drives. Support for Apple® Time Machine® and Apple File Protocol (AFP) make it well suited for any Mac® environment. And for anyone on-the-go, Buffalo’s free Web Access feature makes it a cinch to store, share and access files from any web browser via a PC, Mac or iPhone®.

“Buffalo strives to provide consumers with intuitive solutions that are simple to install and use, so that protecting digital assets is almost automatic,” said Ralph Spagnola, vice president of sales at Buffalo Technology. “With the compact dual drive LinkStation Mini, Buffalo has delivered a powerful yet compact network attach storage drive that can quickly and securely protect data, photo, video, and music files from a central location with the automatic protection of RAID 1.”
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For a device like this I would either put more hard drives in my computer, or wait for USB 3, Sata3 external inputs. The tranfer rate to a backup is phenominally higher and basically operates at real time speeds. These thing make it a much more reliable as well as applicable status especially at raid 1 which is slower in operation speed, but of course more reliable than raid 0.

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I have a 1TB external that has a USB, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800 interfaces to choose from. My Mac uses the FireWire 800 connection and it's very fast. The PC's only do FireWire 400 though. A faster interface is definitely needed to do backups in real time.

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