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Default NAS recommendations? - 06-06-2009, 10:22 PM

A few months ago I purchased a 1 TB Iomega Home Media Network Storage drive. It was working great until last night, when I attempted to restart it because of a problem I was having with my printer (I've been using the drive as a print server as well as for file access from my various computers around the house). Unfortunately, the drive never restarted, and a call to Iomega technical support seems to indicate that the drive may have failed. It is still under warranty, but it has made me realize the necessity of having a backup for my backup!

Having done some reading online last night and today, it seems that this is a common problem with the Iomega drives. I'll be getting a replacement from Iomega, but I would like to purchase something else that is similar as a backup in case the new drive experiences the same problem. The print server part is not essential (although it would be nice to have), but I would really like it to be network accessible as it is really convenient for file access around the house and from any computer on the network. Does anyone have any suggestions? My price range is $300 and under.

I did find this one, which seems to get good reviews:

Newegg.com - Western Digital WDH1NC10000N 1TB My Book World Edition Network Hard Drive - Network Storage (NAS)

Any advice would be appreciated!

By the way, I'm not interested in online storage options (e.g. Box.net). I really want something similar to what I already had (but preferably one that will not fail after only a few months!).
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Default 06-06-2009, 10:29 PM

Home server?

My other Mini9 works great as a NAS fileserver!

SmallNetBuilder - Small Network Help

Otherwise, you could read some of the reviews and comparison charts for standard NAS linked above...

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Default 06-06-2009, 10:48 PM

I'm very happy with my Netgear ReadyNAS NV+, but it's probably more than you want. They have a two-disk version.

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Default 06-07-2009, 12:10 AM

Originally Posted by lauriem04 View Post
I have the old version of WD My Book World Edition (it's World Edition II 1TB). The old version (World Edition I & II with blue rings LED) are known to be slow NAS, but the latest one that you've pointed out (white LED) is said to be improved in speed.

Unfortunately the latest one doesn't come in dual drive configuration as World Edition II. So you'll have no option of RAID 1 mirroring for safer data storage.

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Default 06-07-2009, 12:16 AM

Recently, I've been considering building/buying a fileserver. Here are a couple of my ideas.

Intel's D945GCLF2 motherboard with a Atom 330 CPU (the true dual core Atom ) could form the basis for a cheap and power-efficient server. It should be well under $200 without HDDs, and 1TB drives are under $100. Heck, Dell had 1.5TB HDDs priced at $200 for 2 recently. On the plus side, it has Gigabit Ethernet. On the minus side, it only has 2 onboard SATA ports.

I also looked at the Intel SS4200 home server (around $220 without storage drives). On the plus side, it has Gigabit ethernet, eSATA, and 4 storage drive bays. On the minus side, it has no video out, which makes it awkward to configure and troubleshoot.

I've also looked at refurb Dell Inspiron 530 desktops. They're cheap (the Celeron models can be had for well under $200) and flexible. But they lack Gigabit Ethernet.

I'll admit that my ideas are all more serious than a simple, single-drive NAS and will almost certainly use more electricity than ARM CPU powered NAS (probably around $40/year more ). But I want more capability than a simple NAS offers. Your needs may vary.

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Default 06-07-2009, 02:30 AM

Thanks to all for the ideas and links! I admit that I hadn't considered the idea of a refurbed desktop or using my backup Mini to feed a standard external HDD, but both of those ideas are worth considering. I guess I have some thinking to do!
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Default 06-11-2009, 01:18 PM

DO NOT go with the linksys NAS. I bought it on amazon to use with my mac and I had a HE#$ of a time getting it to work and after 2 days I returned it to amazon. I ended up going with the Lacie 2Big NAS. It has an easy to use web interface as well as connecting through the network connections. The version I have has two 1 Tb hard drive which you can set up as raid 1 or 0. I have mine set up so they are a mirror copy incase anything happens one of the drive. If this happens you can hot swap out the drives. My only complaint is you can not set users to only have a certain amount of space on the hard drive.

There is a lot of great features it has if you look at their webpage and manual. I have been very please with it so far.

Lacie 2Big

You can find this cheaper elsewhere, I just wanted to point you to the MFG info.

Hope this helps your decision

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Default 06-11-2009, 02:30 PM

This is what I'm aiming to use in that way (all from NewEgg):

JETWAY JC-300-B Black Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 60W Power Supply - Retail
Model #:JC-300-B
Item #:N82E16811120015

Intel BOXD945GCLF2 Atom 330 Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo - Retail
Model #:BOXD945GCLF2
Item #:N82E16813121359

Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5/2G - Retail
Model #:KVR800D2N5/2G
Item #:N82E16820134581

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD1600AAJS
Item #:N82E16822136075

Scythe SY124010L Fans - Retail
Model #:SY124010L
Item #:N82E16835185039

Subtotal: $225.45

That price includes $42 for a 160GB HD. Without that, you're looking at $185. It is whisper quiet if you replace the chipset fan on the 330 mobo. The Jetway case is nice and small (and I removed the case fan for quieter operation, with no ill effects.) I'm not storing loads of media files--only some documents and pictures--so 160GB was plenty. It's built and running Ubuntu 9.04 beautifully. My next goal is to figure out Samba shares and transfer over docs so I can access them from my desktop and two laptops all the time. It's small, power-efficient, quiet, capable, and cheap.

Let us know what you decide!


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Default NAS Review Links - 06-11-2009, 05:42 PM

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Default 06-11-2009, 05:49 PM

One thing I like about the NAS I have is that it also provides an iTunes server, DLNA-compliant media server and BitTorrent client. It is also a RAID box with hot-swappable and individually upgradeable drives, automatically taking advantage of added capacity.

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