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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
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!).
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tokyo, JP
06-07-2009, 12:10 AM
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.
16GB STEC SSD → now 32GB Buffalo SSD
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Join Date: Apr 2009
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 $40/year more ). But I want more capability than a simple NAS offers. Your needs may vary.
Mini 1012 | SSD | Intel 6200 Wifi | Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
Join Date: Jun 2009
06-11-2009, 01:18 PM
DO NOT go with the linksys NAS. I bought it on amazon to use with my mac and I had a HE#$ 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.
You can find this cheaper elsewhere, I just wanted to point you to the MFG info.
Hope this helps your decision
64Gb RunCore SSD running OS X 10.5.7 / 2Gb RAM / 1.3MP camera / Bluetooth / WLAN / Fingerprint Scanner / USB Hub
Original 16Gb SSD running Win XP
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
NAS Review Links - 06-11-2009, 05:42 PM
Here are a couple of review links:
Multitalented Network-Attached Storage - PC Magazine
NAS reviews on CNET
NAS Devices - Network Attached Storage Guide and Reviews
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