The Iomega StorCenter Pro 150D NAS is what you expect of a business-focused NAS device: a big boxy chassis that dwarfs its rivals, dull looks, a noisy fan, and support for enterprise-level technologies such as Microsoft's Active Directory.

But don't let that put you off. If you can tuck it away in the corner of your studio, then the Iomega StorCenter Pro 150D NAS is worth considering as it's an efficient, effective NAS system.

The Iomega StorCenter Pro 150D NAS's sturdy plastic door hides four drive bays with latches, drive trays to be popped in and out quickly. Drives have to be screwed into these trays, so swapping drives isn't all that easy. That said, drives can be swapped while the unit is on and StorCenter automatically rebuilds a RAID array as soon as a new drive is inserted.

The bundled Iomega Discover Tool is fiddly, and we had trouble mapping the NAS to a drive in Windows, but it offers functionality that most NAS have only in their web interfaces. The Iomega StorCenter Pro 150D NAS's brower-based interface is basic and unfriendly, and when we changed the RAID mode, exisiting user accounts were deleted.

In our speed tests, the Iomega StorCenter Pro 150D NAS was slow for copying data to, but for copying files from the unit it is very fast.

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Iomega StorCenter Pro 150D NAS: Specs

  • 1TB, 2TB, 3TB
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.3/4/5
  • 4 internal, 7,200rpm SATA drives
  • RAID 0/0+1/5/JBOD
  • ethernet, 3 x USB 2.0
  • AFP, SMB/CFIS
  • 180x293x263mm
  • 10kg
  • 1TB, 2TB, 3TB
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.3/4/5
  • 4 internal, 7,200rpm SATA drives
  • RAID 0/0+1/5/JBOD
  • ethernet, 3 x USB 2.0
  • AFP, SMB/CFIS
  • 180x293x263mm
  • 10kg

OUR VERDICT

Robustly constructed, with a well-designed RAID system and full-featured software, we like the Iomega StorCenter Pro 150D NAS. But be aware that the Iomega StorCenter Pro 150D NAS is is noisy, its software is fiddly to use and it has a basic web interface with a few bugs.

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