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HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

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.

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Princeton DN-503AH-PDC five-drive 5TB NAS

Princeton DN-503AH-PDC five-drive 5TB NAS

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.

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Fujitsu Scaleo Home Server updated with 2TB capacity

Fujitsu Scaleo Home Server updated with 2TB capacity

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.

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Seagate planning home NAS, researching hybrid SSDs

Seagate planning home NAS, researching hybrid SSDs

Seagate are exploring new SSD technologies that combine SLC (single layer chip) and MLC (multiple layer chip) to create a cost-effective and reliable hybrid.  Talking to Pocket-lint, Seagate CEO Bill Watkins revealed that the company would "love to have an SSD range" but that issues with read/write cycle performance and production cost are slowing them down.  Pat King, senior vice president of global marketing, also confirmed that Seagate are planning a network-attached storage (NAS) device for home customers.

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Thecus Technology N3200PRO NAS with RAID-5 & optional WiFi

Thecus Technology N3200PRO NAS with RAID-5 & optional WiFi

Liked the look of Mvix's dual-drive RAID NAS but need room for a third hard-drive?  Thecus Technology may have the network-attached storage for you, then, in the shape of the N3200PRO.  With space for three SATA HDDs for total capacity of up to 3TB, the 160 x 170 x 215mm box offers home and small business users not only the convenience of a media server but the speed and data redundancy benefits of RAID 5.

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Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS Review – 1TB Edition

Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS Review – 1TB Edition

Backup isn't generally seen as glamorous, and the Iomega StorCenter ix2 is unlikely to change that perception. A sober gray box, the ix2 is as compact as dual 3.5-inch SATA-II hard-drives will let it be. However inside there lurks an iTunes-compatible media server, printer sharing facility and optional CCTV recording and Bluetooth file transfers, all for a competitive entry price. Can the StorCenter ix2's hidden charms change our mind about the unbearable dullness of archiving?

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DosPara Prime SSD-RAID server with 1119MB/sec read speeds

DosPara Prime SSD-RAID server with 1119MB/sec read speeds

Security, speed and stability aren't just factors important in large-scale enterprise storage, home and small businesses want that too.  If cost is less of an issue than any of those other three, the DosPara might have the server PC for you: the Prime SSD-RAID has six 80GB Intel X25-M SSDs which, when set up as a 480GB RAID 0 (striped) array, can achieve up to 1119.73MB/sec read speeds.

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