Today’s external backup drives aren’t simple as it used to be, many are trying too hard to incorporate as a media server, or media hub with remote sharing as a networked-attached storage. A straightforward and affordable one-click, plug-n-play achieve solution has turned into a high dollar multimedia server with complicate setup. If you know your way to around t a backup scheduling and don’t mind extra steps to attach an external drive, there are plenty of cheap solution available; otherwise, check out this newest WD’s MY-BOOK World edition NAS server with many promises to deliver simple setup at reduced power.
Addonics NASU2 NAS Adapter promises to be an easy, low-cost way to take a USB hard-drive and turn it into network-attached storage. The compact box, with a USB 2.0 port on one end and a 10/100 ethernet port on the other, was announced back in December; now Register Hardware have flipped it onto their review bench to see if it really is the $55 Holy Grail of simple networked storage. The good news? In many ways, it really is.
We're starting to see a lot of devices wearing multiple hats, so to speak, and the D-Link Xtreme N DIR-685 is no exception. Not only is the DIR-685 an 802.11n Wi-Fi router, it also packs network attached storage (NAS) and D-Link's SharePort Technology, which allows printers, scanners and other devices to be shared over the network via USB.
HP's first-generation MediaSmart EX475 was the poster-child for Windows Home Server. Now, HP are back with their second-gen version, the MediaSmart EX487; the hardware looks the same, but what's under the hood has seen some serious improvements. Is this the best backup option for Windows and Mac users? SlashGear set to finding out.
The use of SSDs in the first of its kind, palm sized Buffalo Linkstation NAS drive is reported facing performance bottleneck in team of speed and power consumption despite having a power efficient and high speed NAND Flash based storage drives. Hardware controller is the one to blame; Impress has reported the SSDs based LS-WSS240GL/R1 internal components are virtually identical to the company hdd-based Linkstation mini, the $1,150 price tag only get you the benefit of a high reliability, low temperature SSD NAS drive in whisper quite operation.
Addonics has a pretty neat gadget that can add any USB-based storage into a networked drive – a crossed platform USB-to-NAS adapter that supports SMB and open source Samba network protocols for variety of popular OS, including Windows, Linux 2.6.x,Solaris 9 and Mac platforms. For $55 a pop, that’s probably the most cost-effective way to add any USB storage devices onto your LAN.
Buffalo has expanded its Linkstation NAS lineup with diminutive SSD drives. The palm-sized Linkstation Mini features a dual 120GB SSD drives paired in a fan-less enclosure. It omits noisy fans (2.3db) and has a unique power saver apps works conjunction with PC to manage power usage.
If you're looking for an alternative to the Archos TV+ or the AppleTV, Dane-Elec may have the option. The DaneDigital So Speaky PVR is a network-connected hard-drive media player and recorder, available with anything from 320GB to 1TB of internal capacity and capable of recording DVD-quality video.
It's not currently bigger than Buffalo's TeraStation Pro, but with a little fettling the Princeton DN-503AH-PDC NAS certainly could be. Packing five 1TB hard-drives, it has a total capacity of 5TB; that's one down on the 6TB TeraStation Pro, but since that NAS has only four bays to the Princeton's five it has to rely on larger 1.5TB HDDs. Switch the DN-503AH-PDC's discs for 1.5TB versions and you'd have 7.5TB capacity, which is perhaps the largest we've seen on a small-business backup device.
We're sizable fans of Drobo's "intelligent data robot" here at SlashGear - in fact it's one of the items in our Holiday Gift Guide - and since we're also sizable fans of cheaper prices it's a double-win for the company's latest deal. Not only have prices on the 2TB and 4TB ready-built NAS' been permanently cut, there's also a $50 instant saving on those and the driveless entry-level Drobo.
Fujitsu have updated their Scaleo Home Server range with two new models, adding capacity to the media streaming and NAS backup products. The Home Server 2205 is preinstalled with two 1TB drives, while the Home Server 2105 is preinstalled with two 500GB drives; however there's room for a total of four drives in each. Fujitsu have used Western Digital Caviar Green SATA HDDs, for reduced power consumption.