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    Network media storage

    Anyone have a networked media storage center? Opinions on them?

    I have my PC and my work laptop I bring home from time to time, my wife has her laptop. Be nice to have something to store photos, music, vids and such.

    Likeing the idea of a mirrored drive for redundancy as well.

    Other options? Recommendations?

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    Re: Network media storage

    If you have some extra cash, seriously consider a windows home server. Fantastic system with redundancy. You can add more storage (hot swappable) and stream music, movies, etc from it. It also comes with its one website that allows you to remotely access your files anywhere and upload from anywhere to your server.

    I built my own, you can get some sweet manufacturer made systems out there for fairly cheap.



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    Re: Network media storage

    Data Robotics, Inc.

    Storage and redundancy without the headache of software installs, raid setups, needing to have the same type/size of hard drive, etc.



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    Re: Network media storage

    Amazon.com: Acer Aspire AH340-UA230N Home Server: Computer & Accessories

    This one is 389 with free shipping.

    Uses the atom processor so it should chug less juice as well. I cant vouch for performance on the atom WHS. HP makes some without the atom.



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    Re: Network media storage

    I've got a Buffalo Linkstation NAS. Works awesome and is also a print server. I have an external USB drive connected to it that I backup to every night.

    http://www.buffalotech.com/products/...e/linkstation/



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    Re: Network media storage

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    Data Robotics, Inc.

    Storage and redundancy without the headache of software installs, raid setups, needing to have the same type/size of hard drive, etc.

    I liked the drobo as well but for the price it should have come with an integrated gig nic instead of having to buy the drobo share separate. This is what ****** me off about it. Otherwise the system itself is pretty damn cool.



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    Re: Network media storage

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    I liked the drobo as well but for the price it should have come with an integrated gig nic instead of having to buy the drobo share separate. This is what ****** me off about it. Otherwise the system itself is pretty damn cool.
    I agree with you fully. I really don't see why they have not at least added this on a 4 bay upgrade model. They have a newer DroboPro (and now DroboElite) that has 8 bays but is rather pricey and designed for small/medium businesses.

    Even their newest DroboS (5 bays) just has USB and Firewire. I thought they would have put eithernet on their latest model and I'd look at upgrading later in 2010. I guess not.

    So even though my Drobo is connected to the DroboShare which has gig eithernet, the connection between DroboShare and Drobo is...USB.

    That's really my only complaint...otherwise I love it. And, I use Drobo as my archive, so it's not like I'm hitting it all the time. But when I do, I wish it was faster.



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