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Lindy Dual HDD NAS Personal Server Pro review

Alan Lu
17 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
100
inc VAT

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Specifications

2 disk bays, N/A storage supplied, 1x 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet ports

Despite its low price of just £100, Lindy's Personal Server Pro NAS enclosure can accommodate up to two SATA hard disks and supports both RAID 0 and RAID 1.

Unfortunately, the Pro was by far the slowest NAS in all our file-transfer tests, no matter which RAID configuration we chose. The main reason for the poor performance is that it's the only device here with a 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet port instead of the faster Gigabit connection.

We were also disappointed by how fiddly and time consuming it was to fit a hard disk. Unscrewing the side panel and lowering a hard disk into the holding bracket isn't difficult, but screwing it into place requires a steady hand. You'll also have to take care to keep track of the numerous screws to prevent them getting mixed up.

The web configuration interface is divided into basic and advanced tabs. The basic tab contains controls for creating user accounts and shared folders, while other commands such as RAID configuration are located in the advanced tab. Creating user accounts, organising them into groups and assigning quotas so that a user can't use all the available disk space is straightforward. Disks can be formatted as either FAT32 or ext3, but if you want to use RAID, you have to use ext3.

Lindy claims that the Pro can be used to share a USB printer across a network, but it refused to recognise our Samsung laser printer and Epson inkjet printer. It also refused to work as an iTunes music server. It can't be used as a UPnP media server, although a DVD movie stored on the Pro played back smoothly on a PC using Windows File Sharing.

We were excited by the prospect of an inexpensive RAID-capable NAS, but Lindy has cut too many corners with the Personal Server Pro. Installing disks is time consuming, and its slow file-transfer speeds are especially frustrating as its one-disk counterpart, Lindy's Personal Server Premium, has a Gigabit Ethernet port and was much faster in our tests.

Basic Specifications

Price£100
Rating**

Storage

CapacityN/A
Formatted capacityN/A
Default file systemext3
Price per gigabyteN/A
InterfaceSATA 300
3.5in drive bays2
Free 3.5in drive bays2
RAID modesRAID 0, RAID 1

Interface

Ethernet ports1
USB direct access ports (front/rear)0/0
Other USB ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Other portsnone

Networking

Ethernet connection speed10/100Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play supportyes
UPnP media serverno
iTunesyes
Print serveryes
USB disk serveryes
Web serverno
FTP serveryes
Protocols supportedTCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, FTP, NFS

Miscellaneous

Size133x80x221mm
Weight762.0kg
Vertical positioningyes
Ethernet cable includedyes
Additional featuresnone
Power consumption idle20W
Power consumption active23W

Buying Information

Price£100
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.lindy.co.uk
Detailswww.lindy.co.uk

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