Network Attached Storage – Media Server

We’ve been using the Buffalo Linkstation WVL NAS for just over two years now and it’s been rock solid despite running 23 1/2 hours a day (I have it set up to effectively reboot around 3am every day). Recently however we’ve had a few disk errors (from disk 2), which seem to be repaired when the diagnostics are run, but then reappear later and which interupt the backups that I run monthly.

Buffalo linkstation

We’ve also got a looming capacity crisis with the system cresting 85% capacity. It seems clear it is time to either upgrade to a new system, or to upgrade the drives inside to increase our capacity.

I’m going to have to do some reading to make sure I can slot 4tb drives in the Linkstation, as I am not prepared to spend $1K on a new NAS arrangement right now.


  1. Madeye says:

    Oh, oh! … that’s how it starts, eh? Intermittent errors, despite clean diagnostic runs. I’d say it’s time to spend some bucks on DASD.

    But the ‘good news’ is that 4TB name brand drives are now on offer for well under $200 … who’d a thunk that?

  2. Mugwug says:

    Cost is a huge factor here. Have too many projects making demands on my limited discretionary fund (motorcycles x2, firearms, HA tech etc etc etc), will likely upgrade the NAS to 2 x 3TB drives (or 2 x 4TB if the price is right) which will cost me around $300, and will stave off (hopefully) both the disk errors AND the issue of capacity.

    I will have to look into a larger capacity USB drive, or see if the NAS supports a USB hub so I can stop swapping drives when I do the backups (lazy me).

    In the meantime I’ll try to squirrel away some rainy day money for a bigger shinier storage device.

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