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Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo

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Product Highlights
  • 2TB Storage
  • USB 2.0 + Gigabit Ethernet
  • RAID 0 + RAID 1 + JBOD
  • DLNA Certified / iTunes Server
  • Active Directory Support
  • Windows Client OS Compatible

The LinkStation Duo from Buffalo contains two SATA hard drives with a total of 2TB storage. Using RAID modes, you can configure the LinkStation Duo for maximum storage, using each drive as an individual storage space. You can also configure the device for maximum reliability and redundancy, where everything you store is copied to both hard drives, ensuring that your data remains intact in the event of a hard disc failure.

The LinkStation Duo connects to your network via USB or Ethernet, and functions as a BitTorrent client or iTunes Server, and supports Time Machine back up. The drives are easy to replace as your storage needs increase.

Dual Drives
Get maximum storage in RAID 0 mode or maximum reliability with RAID 1 mode
Quick Swap Drives
Easily accessible drives for quick replacement
Web Access
Share your photos, music, videos or data files with family, friends and colleagues over the Internet
Shared Storage
Store and share files from multiple PCs, laptops, Mac computers in one central location
Eco-Friendly
Power Savings mode automatically powers the LinkStation Duo on and off with your PC (requires NASNavigator be to installed)
DLNA CERTIFIED and iTunes Servers
Stream content to any DLNA compatible media player or use LinkStation Duo as content source from within your iTunes application
BitTorrent Client
Download digital content over the Internet directly to your LinkStation Duo
Time Machine Support
Use the LinkStation Duo with Time Machine
Memeo Instant Backup
Includes Memeo backup software for automatic backup from your PCs and Macs (LifeAgent).
Near Silent Operation
Low noise fan design ensures reliable, silent operation in noise-sensitive settings
Active Directory Support
Join to an existing Active Directory Domain for Windows user authentication and folder level permissions
USB Port
Attach a printer to the network, add a USB hard drive for additional storage or backup, or connect to a UPS for shutdown management
NovaBACKUP
Includes NovaBACKUP Professional for automatic backup
Zero Subscription Fees
No annual or monthly fees to use any features or services, including WebAccess with iPhone support, or to add multiple users and groups
Performance
Capacity 2TB
Per Drive: 1TB
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Transfer Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
RAID RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD
Protocol Support Networking: TCP/IP
File Sharing: SMB, FTP/SFTP, HTTP/HTTPS, DLNA
Management: HTTP
Time Synchronization: NTP
Input/Output Connectors
Interface Gigabit Ethernet, USB
Ports 1x USB 2.0
1x RJ-45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4 or later

Only basic hard drive functionality is supported
Windows Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Vista (32-bit/64-bit), XP, 2000, Server 2003, and Server 2008
General
Mounting Orientation Desktop
Power Requirements AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
Environmental Requirements Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.4 x 5.1 x 8.1" (8.6 x 12.9 x 20.6cm)
Weight 5.1 lbs (2.3kg)
Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Buffalo2TB LinkStation Duo
     
    4.2

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Quiet (11)
    • Large capacity / good size (10)
    • Compact (9)
    • Easy to set up (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional storage (11)
      • Back-up (10)
      • Photo storage (7)
      • Video (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (10), Casual user (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (8), Personal (8)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      By far the best option for SOHO NAS

      I spent a lot of time and effort researching options for a home NAS to centralize all of my data storage for use among the 6 PC's and 1 mac in my house. Read complete review

      I spent a lot of time and effort researching options for a home NAS to centralize all of my data storage for use among the 6 PC's and 1 mac in my house.

      I looked at many different options and saw a wide variety of reviews for each. I decided to take the plunge on the Buffalo LinkStation Duo. Having been a Network Administrator for more than 17 years, I figured I should have no problem getting this to do what I want even with the low price point and oversimplified design. (I have had a professional 4 TB NAS on my office network for the last 6 years and have just upgraded to a 8TB)

      I have this configured as a 1TB with RAID redundancy in place to protect against disk failure. I have also configured this to store all of our iTunes libraries (for 3 iPhones, an iPod and an iPad) as well as being the centralized repository for all of our outlook pst files (so mail can now work from ANY of the computers in the house - without an actual exchange server).

      I have also taken all of the old USB External Hard Drives away from the PC's that used to host them and attached each to the USB port (needed a hub) allowing each of them to be additional network storage locations.

      This device is absolutley worth the price and seems to be leaps and bounds beyond every other option.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good but ...

      This is one of those 3 or 4 star ratings, depending on what you want to do. If all you want to do is share files with no restrictions, then this is a...Read complete review

      This is one of those 3 or 4 star ratings, depending on what you want to do. If all you want to do is share files with no restrictions, then this is a 4 star plus device! Share files with restrictions, 3 stars.

      I give it 3 stars on the latter because the restricted files and folders must be shared at the same level as the main share folder and not below it. In other words, we couldn't find a way to restrict access to folders below the main share. They had to be above. We use Cobian for backups so this made things a little more cumbersome. Setting permissions and users was also not easy and the manual doesn't do a good job of explaining this. It certainly makes you jump around. Oh, it's default RAID 1 out of the box. That will save you some time! :-)

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      5.0

      So far so good

      By Adam

      from Redding, CA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

        I got this NAS as additional network storage after going to an SSD based copmuter. Been using it for a few days and it's been a great budget NAS so far. The web interface for it is fine, if a little slow, and it was fairly easy to set up for RAID1. I have it configured to send email alerts for hard drive failures which seems like a nice feature. Overall, it seems like a good NAS, assuming reliability is ok, for a personal network, and the RAID allows for a single on-site backup source.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Easy Setup - Good buy

        By vinny

        from Huntville, AL

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Documetnation A Little Di

        Best Uses

        • Online Secure Access

        Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

        PROS:
        Needed a drive to attach to the network to allow customers to connect and download their data.
        Needed folder security and the ability to expand at a later date. The LinkStation provided all the features at a very reasonable cost.
        CONS:
        Setup was a little difficult since the software that was downloaded did not work as well as the one in the box.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        reliable backup for medical office

        By art

        from oak forest, IL

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage

          Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

          I had this at home for photo and data file back up for two years without any concerns. The manual is easy to understand and the user permissions are set up clearly on the web-based application. When our server crashed, we needed a reliable back-up. For simple RAID 1 configuration, this is very reliable and accessible. Highly recommended for the price and amount of storage.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          4.0

          Low Priced Raid Storage

          By GJMPhoto

          from New York

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • Network Connectivity

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Photo Storage

            Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

            Expanding my archive with Raid Protected network storage

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            2.0

            Backup NAS RAID solution; good and bad

            By elgrip

            from pittsburgh pa

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Phone Help Is Good

            Cons

            • Auto Backup Limited
            • Delayed Workgroup Change
            • Mac Software Not Provided
            • Proprietary Disk Format
            • Raid Change Manual Bad

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

            The disks use a proprietary format so if the network hardware goes bad, the disks are useless unless get a replacement ethernet connection. Also the provided software for Mac does not work with older Macs; need to download a correct version. The setup using a browser is generally OK; but if change the workgroup there's a significant delay before that change appears on the network. In addition in changing from one RAID configuration to another you need to 'delete' the current configuration before the manual's promised pulldown menu will appear to permit choice of a new RAID configuration. Finally, the automatic backup that comes with it won't work unless are doing it between two Buffalo units; so is kinda useless for small business purposes with only one of these unit; need to use another backup program to do the job.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Does the job - setup can be tricky

            By dexhiker

            from Boston, Mass

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • High Capacity
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Non-intuitive screens

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Shared files

            Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

            I configured the unit at home for a customer. However my network group was different than the customer's. When installing it at the customer's site it took a little doing to get the IP address set correctly. Some of the setup options and screens take getting use to particularly if you want to change the default RAID 0 to RAID 1

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            4.0

            Cool product

            By Uh.....yeah. Hi.

            from Keller TX

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy to use
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup

              Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

              I really like its small footprint. I didn't expect it to be as small as it is. It runs quiet, my time machine has no problem backing up and I love that it's tucked away safe and sound. Outta site outta mind. I use an iMac and it would have been nice to have detailed instructions in the box as I don't have and or make enough time to use it for my originally intended purpose... It it's a fantastic backup drive, but I'm out of memory on my computer and wanted to just move all of my files onto the Buffalo and call it a day having it set to Raid 1 and having it backed up on a second drive...for now just have it mirrored on both drives and a full hard drive on my computer. Oh well...

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              Effective NAS storage for Home Network

              By DB

              from Newton,MA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Photo Storage

                Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

                This is an effective network storage product for the small home environment. Two separate 1TB drives can be run independently or in a RAID configuration. I found the setup very easy and had the unit up and on the network in less than an hour. So far performance is good and there have not been any issues. I have given this a 4 Star only because the unit has been in service for less than a month. I'll revisit the review in 6 months.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                3.0

                Good but ...

                By ET

                from Branford, CT

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Add UsersPersmissions
                • Setting Restricted Files
                • Slow to power up

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Centralize Files

                Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

                This is one of those 3 or 4 star ratings, depending on what you want to do. If all you want to do is share files with no restrictions, then this is a 4 star plus device! Share files with restrictions, 3 stars.

                I give it 3 stars on the latter because the restricted files and folders must be shared at the same level as the main share folder and not below it. In other words, we couldn't find a way to restrict access to folders below the main share. They had to be above. We use Cobian for backups so this made things a little more cumbersome. Setting permissions and users was also not easy and the manual doesn't do a good job of explaining this. It certainly makes you jump around. Oh, it's default RAID 1 out of the box. That will save you some time! :-)

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                Most reliable backup device ever used.

                By Randy

                from Frisco, Tx

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • File Transfer
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

                  The 2.0 GB Linkstation Duo has proven over the years to be the most reliable backup device I have ever used. I have 10 drives backing up all of my historical architectural digital drawings and my entire photo library's from a lifetime of travel. I have them set to RAID 1 with multiple linkstations holding identical data. I have never had a device fail, I have had 1 hard drive fail out of 20 over the past 10 years and the device is so easy you remove the bad drive and install the new drive, the linkstation automatically formats the drive, then you restore the RAID. Your back up and running. I have never lost any data using these devices.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  4.0

                  Works great

                  By woodster

                  from clinton,nc

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                  • Slow

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup

                  Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

                  [...]was easy to set up. I've had unit for lessthan two weeks but have had no major problems.I noticed while handling the unit that therewas something loose inside, I opened it up and there was a screw loose. It was one of two screws that held part of the insidessecurely. I replaced screw and tighned the otherone.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Practical Consumer Solution

                  By Rickalodeon

                  from Glastonbury, CT

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Multi-platform access
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet
                  • Web Access Option

                  Cons

                  • Lack of log viewer
                  • No Power Saving Options
                  • Sleep timer problem
                  • Slow
                  • USB backup problem

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Redundancy

                  Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

                  I use the device for archival of family systems' user data. It has plenty of capacity for my needs and as it's a backup device with occasional need for config changes, performance is sufficient. It's a great option for a novice. Intermediate and advanced users would probably want more device management features (e.g. log viewer, RAID 5, etc.).

                  In addition to its basic NAS function, I like its simplicity and compact size.

                  It has several access features that I've yet to use. They might be more bells and whistles than is practical.

                  There are a couple of bugs that Buffalo Techs have yet to resolve, but all-in-all I feel good about the purchase.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  GOOD PRODUCT

                  By EARLRB

                  from VALLEJO,CA

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • High Capacity
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup

                    Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

                    THIS PRODUCT WILL BE USED FOR LOCAL BACKUP FOR THREE MACS AND ONE PC. WHICH WILL REDUCE THE NEED FOR ON LINE STORAGE EXCEPT FOR THE PRIMARY COMPUTER. THIS WILL SAVE ME UP TO $150.OO PER YEAR.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    By far the best option for SOHO NAS

                    By FireSignZ

                    from Mt Sinai NY

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Haven't found any yet

                    Best Uses

                    • Centralized Data Storage

                    Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

                    I spent a lot of time and effort researching options for a home NAS to centralize all of my data storage for use among the 6 PC's and 1 mac in my house.

                    I looked at many different options and saw a wide variety of reviews for each. I decided to take the plunge on the Buffalo LinkStation Duo. Having been a Network Administrator for more than 17 years, I figured I should have no problem getting this to do what I want even with the low price point and oversimplified design. (I have had a professional 4 TB NAS on my office network for the last 6 years and have just upgraded to a 8TB)

                    I have this configured as a 1TB with RAID redundancy in place to protect against disk failure. I have also configured this to store all of our iTunes libraries (for 3 iPhones, an iPod and an iPad) as well as being the centralized repository for all of our outlook pst files (so mail can now work from ANY of the computers in the house - without an actual exchange server).

                    I have also taken all of the old USB External Hard Drives away from the PC's that used to host them and attached each to the USB port (needed a hub) allowing each of them to be additional network storage locations.

                    This device is absolutley worth the price and seems to be leaps and bounds beyond every other option.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Good, inexpensive NAS system

                    By Lucky Luke

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Churches Non-Profit
                      • Home Office
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Small Business
                      • Video

                      Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

                      I just installed my new NAS (BTW, thanks B&H for a great packaging - the item arrived in perfect condition and on the expected day). I have 3 PCs and a printer in my house, all networked. The Buffalo is seen by everyone. I copied about 137 GB of data in few hours. The only issue is that because I didn't have enough ports in my router (next purchase...), I had to use the NAS as a Printer server, making the printing process a little slower.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Great Network Server

                      By jeremy_BSD

                      from Newton, NC

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup
                        • File Transfer
                        • Photo Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Duo:

                        We have a small digital company, and we've had 6 guys writing huge files all at the same time. Handles great, no issues, and is fast. I'd recommend it, and we will be getting another. Wish it had an eSata port on the back though, USB 2.0 is good, but wish it was a bit faster.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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