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My name is Fernando and I’ve been a subscriber of MacFormat for many years now (perhaps 20 or 25). I’m referring to the latest issue, 302 – well, the latest to me here in Spain. In your Apple Choice section, page 95, you refer to the ReadyNAS 212 as “up to 12TB capacity per bay”, and my question is to reaffirm that if I buy that NAS box I’ll be able to put in it two hard disks of 10TB each (Seagate Enterprise Capacity 10TB SATA He6, 7,200rpm), giving me a total combined capacity of 20TB? You see, those new disks are quite expensive and the NAS box itself is not cheap either, so I have to be very careful before I decide to make the purchase, and hope you’ll help with my decision.
CHRISTIAN SAYS… Hi Fernando. We must apologise for a mistake in that review regarding the drive’s capacity. The ReadyNAS 212 in fact goes up to 12TB in total, based on installing 6TB disks. Netgear introduced the four-bay ReadyNAS 214 alongside that model, with support for 24TB of storage (giving 12TB of usable space if you set it up as a mirrored array; a sensible precaution to take with that much data). Our reviewer offers this reassurance to anyone still interested in the RN212: “This doesn’t change my verdict, as the RN212 is £75 less than a 10TB-perbay drive such as the QNAP TS-251+”. In contrast, the Buffalo NAS reviewed this issue (page 93) is disappointing; I’ve used other ReadyNAS products since 2007 and found they do their job well, but bear in mind we haven’t tested the RN214.