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Old 16-01-2009, 16:08   #1
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Recommend me a cheap NAS (please!)

I keep looking at getting another USB external drive, but to be honest (with 2 or potentially 3 PC's) it's silly and what I really want is a hard drive (or two) connected to the Router (or switch) so I can see the same files no matter which PC I'm on.

I tend to keep my Virgin Broadband Box, my Router and my Switch turned on all the time now, but I'd not leave my NAS turned on 24 hours a day as it would be stupid as I may only want to access something on it from time to time.

So, point 1. I'd want one I can just walk up to and turn on and it works (after it boots itself up - or whatever NAS's do!)

Capacity..... Well, I guess 500MB would do. 1GB be lovely.

Speed, well of course as fast as possible (I have a Gigabit Network) but I know with speed comes price, so guess it's a balance there.

I don't need any fancy other software (servers) for the NAS to run. I'm only really looking at it as a remote storage device.

And of course, I guess most importantly. I'd like some security for WHEN (not if) the hard drive goes down on the NAS device, so I don't loose everything.

Perhaps two 500GB drives with Mirroring (or something like that)

Being a bit tight, I must admit to groaning about the thought of spending Ł100 on an empty box and then having to add drives to it, but I think that's the kinda price I'm going to have to look at.

Computer Shopper recommended this one in their test of September last year:

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Icy-B...-Servers-inone

And it does seem to me like it ticks my box's

But perhaps you know of something better and I'd love for your thoughts on my needs above.

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Old 16-01-2009, 16:48   #2
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I just bought one of these NAS Adapter - Attach USB Drives to LAN which ignores most of your boxes but ticks the price one It has been posted today so hopefully I can try it next week
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Old 16-01-2009, 17:03   #3
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Thats NAS adapter doesn't work with drives over 200GB... which is quite limiting.

I've got Synology one which is very good and has lots of extra features, but mine is the single drive one, but they do a dual driver version (DS207), but its nearly twice as much as that Icy one. You can turn them on and off without doing anything else, although they do take 30 seconds or so to boot/shut down - I generally leave mine on all the time.
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Old 16-01-2009, 17:21   #4
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Thats NAS adapter doesn't work with drives over 200GB... which is quite limiting.
Oh crap I missed that bit
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Old 16-01-2009, 17:41   #5
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I was looking for something similar recently and was recommended the Icy Box, Being a tightarse I was after something a little cheaper as well but found nothing suitable so far
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Old 16-01-2009, 18:07   #6
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a cheap NAS adapter costs more than a decent one.
How so you may ask.
Because when you buy the decent one you don't have to go out and buy another one that works properly
NAS still hasn't really made it into the consumer market.
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Old 16-01-2009, 19:57   #7
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I'm not sure if any NAS drives have built in timers to boot up and tunr off at specific times...
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Old 16-01-2009, 20:09   #8
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I'm not sure if any NAS drives have built in timers to boot up and tunr off at specific times...
The buffalo Linkstation Live I have does

Quite impressed with it so far, especially the bittorrnet server. You can schedule it to turn on and off when you want as well as setting it up to switch on and off with your pc.
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Old 16-01-2009, 20:36   #9
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cheap nas are slow

i,e i have two

1 from maplins 35 quid - max seepd 3.8mb/s
a dlink 313 - max speed 8.4mb/s
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Old 16-01-2009, 22:03   #10
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I have a QNAP TS-109 and it's great - not overly cheap, but does everything I want it to do.
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Old 16-01-2009, 22:06   #11
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The Qnap gets my thumbs up as well....excellent piece of kit!
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Old 16-01-2009, 22:24   #12
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MInd you at that price you could buy a cube case fit it with a microatx board and run 4 drive raid system with Freenas if bored enough to do so. Hmm maybe I am
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Old 17-01-2009, 13:42   #13
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Many thanks for all your advice and suggestions regards my question.

From the comments so far, I'm still tempted to go with the ICY BOX one I linked to in my 1st posting.

The fact that it's "Resonably" cheap and got a good writeup (as I said) in computer shopper even when stacked up against VERY expensive ones, and it's performance was commented on for being quite respectable also.

I have thought (and could do) the build a PC to be a NAS device, but it all get's messy in a way.

I'm still happy to hear others views on the ICY BOX or any others suggestions.


=== EDIT ===

Someone on another forum posted some more photo's of this device:
http://forums.teamphoenixrising.net/...ad.php?t=48911

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Old 29-01-2009, 18:25   #14
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I do hope if you bought this device that you didn't buy Samsung or Western Digital drives to put in it as it doesn't like some WD drives and doesn't like samsung at all.
Was thinking of buying one of these due to the price and reviews but searches found the drive problem, the lack of acknowledgement from raidsonic with a 3rd party providing a list of drives that work
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I'm still happy to hear others views on the ICY BOX or any others suggestions.
I've had the Icybox for about 6 months now and find it really good. I've got a single 750Gb drive in it at the moment, but it can take a second one for backup or RAID.

I have it plugged in to my powerline network, then my PS3 uses the Media Server on it for streaming video and my Itunes library.

Setup is pretty simple to do, the only delay being when the Media Server needs to scan your MP3 files and build its library
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Old 29-01-2009, 20:16   #16
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Nope, not bought one yet.
I read some reviews of the ICY BOX and also saw something about certain drives.

I thought I also read it didn't like NTFS, but I may have misunderstood that part.

If it's only FAT32 then it would be a non starter for me these days.
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QNAP, QNAP, QNAP.. (etc etc)

Seriously, while they are a bit more expensive, they are by far the most flexible NAS I could find - they also do versions you can put more than 1 drive into, which is great for future expansion
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Fat32 ext2 and ext3 as with most nas boxes. EXT gives larger file sizes
Seagates(that includes maxtors as thats just a rebranding exercise these days) and Hitachi only (ignoring small manufacturers) unless you fancy gambling.
NTFS is not an option. XFS on some systems.
Oh and since seagate screwed up the firmware in their latest barracuda drives that limits you even further with the 4220
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I'm using a Lacie Network Space 1Tb and it does the job well. It's a bit slow when copying data to it initially, but streaming/access over my wireless/powerline network is fine (so far) and for the price I think it's great. No RAID, but you can backup the NAS to USB disk.
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Has anyone used one of these SMC WAPS-G I'd maily be wanting one to stream media to my XBox 360 but the bonus of being able to use this as an extender to my wireless network for my old xbox would be a bonus too. Any alternatives? I like the idea of the Linksys SLU2 as wall especially being able to use it as a print server.
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