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Home NAS Devices

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dmarsh, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    I'm thinking of getting a home NAS device, I'm open to suggestions.

    Currently I'm thinking of getting one of these :-


    What do you think ? :biggrin
  2. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

    I was thinking about exactly the same device myself - but in the end I decided against it:

    1) Even though a wanted the laptop to access the data, it was just as easy (and cheaper in electricity and component terms) to put a 500gb hard drive into my desktop system.
    2) I wanted all my data to be in one place, but also to have a back up - I thought RAID1 but needed either Server 2k3 or a NAS to do it properly - again cost came in. I've sorted that with using NTBackup at the end of a day to a removable hard drive.
    3) Speed - data via SATA hard drives on a workstation are at SATA speed of 300Mb/s. NAS would only give about 10/20Mb/s data throughput and considering I only had heavy data use on the desktop, the dsektop-based hard drive worked for me.

    Just some thoughts I went through. But that device is good :)
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  3. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Yep! derkit is spot on as I too recently thought of backup for my wife as she does semi pro wedding photography and has tons on photos to store. I decided she gets two external usb 500gb hard drive and copy data from one onto the other as a backup.

    To be honest for a home user I think in terms of keeping cost down then you can't go wrong with the above. I personally would recommend the freecom external usb hard drive as it comes with a samsung hard disk. Best wishes on whatever you decide.
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