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I set it up yesterday and installed a single 4 TB drive from a machine I have upgraded to something much newer and faster. The installation of the drive into it was very easy! No tools. All fit perfectly. Has a switch on the back to enable it to come back on after power failure which is something I needed while traveling. I installed the QNAP software and it too works fine, had it update the firmware to current. This appears to be a first class operation. Today (following day of first setup) I installed 3 more 4 TB drives from another server that is going away. (everything consolidating on to a Dell T-40.) Again, it just worked. Software now shows all 4 disks are alive and well. I kept the original dip switch settings which are individual drives (JBOD) I will run it that way for a week for burn in. Then I will switch the dip switches to make it raid 5. This is not a NAS, but will plug into a NAS or PC/Server to be used as storage via a USB 3.1 connection. Not sure how fast it will be, but I am only going to use it for archival of Blueiris Security Camera video that will get automatically moved to this when their local drives storage gets to its set limits. So far I am very impressed. (I will update this review in the future) -Bill
Great enclosure, pretty compact, and quiet. Threw my drives in, followed the instructions on the sticker to set it to raid 5, and had it running in a few min.
I have it attached to a mini pc, and am using it for network storage. I have not specifically speed tested it, but in raid 5 with old 4gb drives, the bottleneck was the gigabit ethernet and not the enclosure.
The only negative is the Usb-c connector on the back. The Usb-c connectors are small and more "flimsy" than the older USB 3.x "B" type. For something as critical as storage the more robust connector would be a little better suited, and less likely to get bumped out.
The Dips / button works fine for setup, but a cover or making it recessed would reduce the paranoia of bumping it.
I’ve been using two of these units for a few months with absolutely no issues. I have them in the “just a bunch of drives” mode, so no raid. I removed the hard drives from the excellent and affordable Seagate expansion drives and put them in the TR-004. Data transfer rates suffer a little compared the the original Seagate case, but it’s not too bad. The convenience of having four drives with a single USB-C connection outweighs the minor speed reduction. This is by far a much more affordable and simpler way of having many terabytes of data storage compared to NAS devices.
pros 1. easy hdd setup 2. lots of hdd bolts 3. free volt adapter
cons 1. no QTS support 2. no software power off 3. boot up beep
I must admit it's hardware is very good. Well designed hdd inserting slots. Replaceable power cable. Usb 3.2 gen1.
But software isn't. TR-004 has software named QNAP External RAID Manager. Unlike QTS, QERM doesn't have much features.
Firmware update Region selection between global and china (Only two regions? IDK what this setting is......) Automatic update, not so much. Good thing is it does have S.M.A.R.T report feature. (Not compatible with crystaldiskinfo though.)
And...... YOU CANNOT TURN BEEP OFF. Plus no ups support and no automatic power off. When pc shutdown, TR-004 go into standby mode instead.
Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with this product. If only it had better software support like QTS. Such a good hardware deserves better software. It's a shame...