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Do You Have a Drobo Storage Device?

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What device do you use for NAS (if anything)? I’ve only heard of the Drobo before, but I’ve never been sent one to review, unfortunately. Kevin recorded this particular “interview” at Macworld last week and I thought it would be good to post if only to ask the question: do you NAS or not?

The Drobo is a storage device that offers multiple hard drives. Drobo holds up to four hard drives, and supports up to 16TB on a single volume as disk sizes increase.

Drobo works with all operating systems, and is the right solution for your budget since you can expand at any time. Purchase as much – or as little – storage as you like up front, and add to it as needed.

Avoid the chaos of having multiple storage devices. Consider consolidating everything onto one expandable device.

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Pogoplug Review (with the FreeAgent Dockstar NAS)

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If you’ve been looking for a quick and simple way to access your files (no matter how you’re connected to the Web), you need to look no further! I have to thank Seagate for sending the Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter to me to review! I think this is the NAS I’ve been looking for. If you’re in the market for a solution in your home / home office, you might consider Seagate’s options.

Put all of your files in a single location, and access them with any of the computers in your network. Likewise, you can also create a shared space for your friends and family to download content that you designate… and upload their own files!

The Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter is a small dock that allows the FreeAgent Go portable drive (and most USB storage devices) to be shared on your local network. You can also access them remotely via the Internet once you activate the service. The drive simply slides into the network adapter, making it easy to remove when you need to take it with you.

All other USB storage devices plug in to one of the two rear-mounted (or one side-mounted) USB ports. It will support up to four devices at once, so you won’t ever run out of storage space. All you have to do is plug in the Ethernet and power cords, and then activate your account online. Once that is done, you will be able to access all of your files in a simple to use web interface!

That same UI will display all of the files on all of the connected drives, as well as the ones your allowed friends (or family!) have added. Navigate through them manually, or search by media type or file name. The Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter will show up as a local drive on your computer, so just drag and drop your files into it, just as you would with any other folder.

I’ve definitely FINALLY found the right NAS for use in my own home. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something like this. You won’t be disappointed!

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Do You Have Network Media Storage?

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There’s something to be said for having network attached storage. If you haven’t invested in any hardware yet, you might consider HP’s new offering. It’s a bit more than the average NAS device. Not only was HP at Macworld showing off their Media Smart Server, they also received a trophy for “Best in Show”!!

Maximize the power and potential of your home network with the HP EX475 MediaSmart Server, which enables you to conveniently centralize your files and access them from multiple PCs in your home. Based on AMD Live processing power, the MediaSmart Server enables you to back up your home’s PCs as well as share and enjoy digital music, home videos and photos from any computer or entertainment system on a home network. The server also has the expandability to grow with your family’s changing needs.

This is so far beyond a regular old NAS drive. The HP Media Smart Server runs what is called Windows Home Server operating system. HP introduced the first generation about fifteen months ago, and feedback was amazing! Install the client software on your PC. Once it’s installed on the PC, you can connect to your Mac as well.

You’ll get a preferences pane that opens up, and all of your computers will connect to it. Time Machine on the Mac will even back up to the Media Server. Simply specify how much space on the HP you want to use, and schedule your backup. It couldn’t be simpler to keep copies of all of your files for safe-keeping. The fact that you can use the HP Media Smart Server to do backups across all of your network is something that the folks at HP are very excited about.

They Media Server is expandable up to 9TB of storage!! That’s a lot of file storage, folks. Think about it… an average home user will likely never have that much stuff to back up. Imagine putting every file from every computer on your home network all in one place. If there’s ever a home emergency… grab that ONE machine and go! That type of peace of mind is well worth the cost.

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Are the Best NAS Options Free?

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I’ve reviewed a few different NAS devices in the past. Do you have a PC sitting around with hard drives in it, that isn’t being used for anything? There’s a utility that can turn any old PC into an NAS device. The utility at FreeNAS is open-source!

FreeNAS is a free NAS (Network-Attached Storage) server, supporting: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, AFP, RSYNC, iSCSI protocols, S.M.A.R.T., local user authentication, Software RAID (0,1,5) with a Full WEB configuration interface. FreeNAS takes less than 32MB once installed on Compact Flash, hard drive or USB key.

They run through everything you need to get you up and going. You can boot off of a CD or even a USB stick. You’ll have probably the most extensive interface you’ve ever seen for NAS. I’ve had paid programs for this in the past, and they weren’t even this extensive. This is running from Linux, and is just seriously extensive. Everything you can think of you might need from a file storage machine, you will find within Free NAS.

If you have an old computer sitting around collecting dust, you might as well convert it into something. Serve yourself up some files! Don’t leave them on your computer. Turn your old machine into a file server, and make your life easier.


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Which NAS Device are you Using for Network File Storage?

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For years, I used a computer on my home network as a file server. I then used that file server to share files throughout my network. Some of you may be using Windows Home Server to serve up your files, but you may want to think about getting a NAS device. NAS stands for “Network-Attached Storage” devices. They are enclosures with hard drives inside them that could be accessible anywhere on the network. Then as NAS prices started to drop, they became a more feasible option for me. One NAS option for you is the Synology DS207.

DS207 is designed with Windows ADS authentication, USB printer sharing, dynamic website hosting, and data backup. The ultra-high-density file storing capability gives business users the freedom to store twice as much data. With the RAID 1 protection, DS207 can further prevent data loss from inevitable disaster.

When the hard drive on DS207 is full, you can expand more storage simply by attaching an external USB hard drive to the DS207.

DS207 is designed for Windows users and Mac users to share files seamlessly. Windows users can access DS207 via Samba and FTP, and Mac users via Samba, FTP, and AFP. Unicode support allows sharing files smoothly in different languages.

It’s designed to keep the unit cool, and running quietly. There is remote file management within a Web browser. You can even do Website hosting, with support for PhP and MySQL, which is kinda neat.

The front is quite interesting, with all the lights and a USB port. But, it’s not just any USB port. If I plug something into it, it will automatically suck all the data off the device, and copy it onto the NAS. On the back, you have the fan and a couple of USB 2.0 ports where you can plug in a printer or other device.

When I first heard about Synology through a friend, I couldn’t believe they were right here in Seattle. I couldn’t believe I had never heard of them. I did my research first. For me, it’s all about usability, working cross-platform, and Web-based features. So, I was excited to find that not only are they right here in my hometown, they also have a large variety of products to suit all of your needs.


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Dealing with Hard Drives NAS, eSATA, and ZFS

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – The round table got into a pretty deep discussion about SATA drives, and different ways of getting more storage on your computer.

Four of my friends joined me for this discussion: Kat, SC_Thor, Wirelesspacket, and last but certainly not least… Datalore.

An eSATA port is built into most newer motherboards. This is a port built right into the back of your computer that allows you to plug in an external hard drive directly, allowing it to run at much faster speeds.

Drobo is the world’s first storage robot. It keeps your data safe by automatically monitoring and repairing problems that could put your data at risk.

ZFS is a new kind of file system that provides simple administration, transactional semantics, end-to-end data integrity, and immense scalability. ZFS is not an incremental improvement to existing technology; it is a fundamentally new approach to data management.

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