Nov 29


Step 1: Log into the ShareCenter and go to the Advanced tab click RAID on the left side of the screen.


Step 2: Click Enable Auto-Rebuild then click the Apply button.


Step 3: Click the Status tab and verify the Sync Time Remaining. Once the Sync Time Remaining is Completedthe RAID is now in sync.



Note: If sync time turns returns to 0 minutes and has a message Sync Time Remaining: Degraded still. You can perform a Disk Diagnostic to determine which drive is failing. To do this go to the Maintenance tab and click the Disk Diagnostic tab on the left hand side. Next select your drive(s) you wish to test and click Start.


Note: You can configure e-mail alerts to alert you when rebuilding is complete or the status becomes degraded.


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Nov 16

When logging into the Network Video Recorder for the first time, you will be asked to choose a drive configuration type and format the drives. There are four options: Standard, JBOD, RAID 0 and RAID 1. Standard configures each disk as a separate volume, while JBOD combines both disks into a single volume.

Standard: Creates two separate volumes (or one volume if only one hard drive is present). Each hard drive has its own volume.

JBOD (linear): Combines both hard drives in a linear fashion which will create one large volume geared towards maximum available space.

RAID0: Combines both hard drives in a striped fashion which will create one large volume geared towards maximum performance.

RAID1: Mirrors the hard drives for redundancy. If one hard drive fails, the other still has all of the data. Replace the failed hard drive and it will re-mirror, restoring maximum data protection.


When formatting of the drive completes, the NVR will prompt the user to restart. A restart countdown screen will appear, and when the restart is complete, the login screen will appear:

Note: After logging in to the NVR for the first time it is recommended to add a password to the admin account.


After login, you will be redirected to the NVR web UI:


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Apr 24

It’s particularly easy to fit drives to the D-Link DNS-325. All you have to do is slide up the sleek metal face-plate and push your hard disks into place. The system is entirely screwless, but feels secure nonetheless. There are fewer I/O ports on the D-Link DNS-325 than you’ll find on many of its similarly priced rivals, but the USB port on the back and the user-configurable USB Copy/Unmount button will prove sufficient for many users. You can use it to either attach extra storage or share a USB printer across your network. The power switch is activated by pushing on the fascia of the NAS itself, and the absence of a visible switch makes the device look even sleeker.

The supplied installation disc leads you through the process of installing your drives, setting up an admin password and giving the NAS an address on your network. It also prompts you to set up a DDNS account using D-Link’s free service, which makes it easier to access your NAS remotely from outside your local network if your ISP only gives you a dynamic IP address. An optional step lets you configure the NAS to send alert and notification emails to a designated address. Finally, you’re prompted to format and configure the drives and map the location of the NAS’s share to a drive letter for your PC to access. Finally, the application offers to set up a range of add-on packages for the NAS, including an audio streamer, photo centre and Squeeze Centre media streamer.

Its web interface lacks the polish of rivals such as Synology or QNap, having big chunky icons, dated styling and small text, but everything’s easy to find. There are three main sections, but one of those is a customisable Favourites tab that starts life empty. The Management button is the most immediately useful section of the interface, providing you with access to disk and volume management tools so that you can reformat the NAS’s hard disks and change your RAID settings. You can also re-run the NAS setup wizard, use the Account Management settings to create users and assign permissions, and configure local network and Dynamic DNS settings.

There’s also an Application Management screen and a separate tab for installed applications. These include services such as iTunes and UPnP media streaming, an integrated BitTorrent client, a basic web-accessible file server interface, an FTP server, and a management interface for backups to and from the device, including Apple Time Machine. The NAS also comes with Farstone’s Total Recovery Pro backup suite for Windows.

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Apr 07

D-Link has announced two new consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, the DNS-320 and DNS-325. Both feature two bays for 3.5-inch hard drives for a total of up to 4TB of storage.

The DNS-320 has an 800MHz processor while the DNS-325 features a faster 1.2GHz processor plus additional software, including a photo gallery, an audio streamer, and a blogging application. The DNS-325 also has a more rugged housing and has a slightly smaller footprint.


Both the D-Link DNS-320 and DNS-325 support RAID, are DLNA-certified for connecing to other home media devices, and have AFP and Time Machine support. Farstone’s Total Recovery Pro Backup software is also included with both devices, supporting scheduled and incremental network backups.

Pricing and Availability

The D-Link DNS-320 and DNS-325 are available now in North America and are backed by a three-year warranty. The DNS-320 is $109.99 while the DNS-325 is $199.99; disk drives are not included.

D-Link will be launching a DNS-320-110 and DNS-325-110 preconfigured with a 1TB hard drive in May for $199.99 and $279.99, respectively.

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