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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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Buffalo SSD NAS drive is no better than HDD-based Mini Linkstation

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.

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Addonics NAS adapter turns any USB storages into NAS drives

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.

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Buffalo Linkstation Mini is NAS drive with SSDs

Buffalo Linkstation Mini is NAS drive with SSDs

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.

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Dane-Elec DaneDigital So Speaky PVR

Dane-Elec DaneDigital So Speaky PVR

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. 

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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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Drobo drops 2TB & 4TB NAS prices; adds $50 holiday discount

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.

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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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Sony VAIO VGF-HS1 1TB Home Server

Sony VAIO VGF-HS1 1TB Home Server

Sony's VAIO VGF-HS1 Home Server, which was launched in Japan back in May, has finally appeared in the US.  Unlike its fellow circular-HTPCs, the HS1 is basically a network-attached storage and streaming device; outfitted with 1TB of storage from dual 500GB 7,200rpm hard-drives, it supports remote backup, DLNA streaming and one-touch photo and video transfer.

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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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Mvix MvixBOX WDN-2000 dual-drive NAS with Bittorrent

Mvix MvixBOX WDN-2000 dual-drive NAS with Bittorrent

Mvix have announced their latest NAS device, the MvixBOX WDN-2000 2-Bay Ultra Performance NAS/Media Server, complete with remote file access, bittorrent downloads, dynamic website hosting and data backup. Capable of holding two SATA drives of up to 1.5TB capacity each, the MvixBOX has gigabit connectivity and will ship in a drive-free state for users to add their own storage.

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