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    Networked Hard Drives

    I'm looking to buy one of these, and the reviews are generally terrible on some of the basic ones I've looked at. Anyone have any suggestions for a good one?

    I mainly want it for wirelessly backing up data from my laptop and desktop, and to be able to move stuff around to keep my laptop's HD from filling up. I don't foresee needing/wanting to stream content, but may play around with that at some point. I'd like something at least 1 TB, preferably more, but want to keep the price down if possible.


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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    I seocnd this statement. I am looking to buy the Acer Iconia Tab W500, and want to wirelessly access the HD for music and other files.



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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    I have a WD 1TB hard drive connected to my router and can do live backup wirelessly with software that I can't remember the name of right now (it's a Norton product if I remember right). Works awesome. As soon as I hit "save" on a document on any of my laptops, it automatically backs up the file on the hard drive.

    Cost wise you'll come out about the same. If I remember right, it was $200 for a 1TB networked hard drive when I went that route last year. I got a router with a USB input for $80 and the 1TB drive for $75.


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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    What are you looking to spend and which ones have you looked at already?



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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

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    What are you looking to spend and which ones have you looked at already?
    I was at Target today and glanced at the 2TB Free Agent Go Flex that was $159. I also just got on Bestbuy.com and was looking at the Seagate models. I'd like to stay in that price range, but the reviews are troublesome.


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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    How about an older machine (assuming one is available), FreeNAS 8.0 | Storage For Open Source , and a big hard drive - your only cost would be the hard drive.


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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    I've got a Buffalo NAS and I love it.



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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    I have the DLink DNS-323 RAID NAS, and it's worked pretty well for me. Looks like it's no longer in production, though.



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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    Those look like a couple of good options. Reviews are not great, but I'm not seeing any units that have consistently solid reviews.


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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    How about an older machine (assuming one is available), FreeNAS 8.0 | Storage For Open Source , and a big hard drive - your only cost would be the hard drive.
    That's intriguing, and I do have a dinosaur desktop, but I don't really have a place to put it.


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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    Yeah they aren't consistently outstanding but i feel people are more compelled to write a review when they don't like something than when they do like something...



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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Those look like a couple of good options. Reviews are not great, but I'm not seeing any units that have consistently solid reviews.
    Someone will always find something wrong with it. More bad reviews are because they bought something they didn't have a need for or didn't read enough about it.


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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclones2 View Post
    Yeah they aren't consistently outstanding but i feel people are more compelled to write a review when they don't like something than when they do like something...
    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    Someone will always find something wrong with it. More bad reviews are because they bought something they don't have a need for or didn't read enough about it.
    Very true...that is why I wanted to hear from people that actually have a unit that they like.


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    Re: Networked Hard Drives

    Why not just put a extra hard drive in the desktop for this purpose? That will be your cheapest option. As another poster pointed out I would get a router that has a USB port for plugging in a external hard drive for network storage. Most of the store bought NAS use crap hard drives which is what leads to the poor reviews.



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