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Old 02-11-2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default Nice NAS I recommend

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=300

I've had the 1Tb version for a little while. It works well with my Windows laptop and you can create NFS shares on it that you can mount from your Amiga using ch_nfsmount in Genesis on OS3.9 (may work with OS 3 haven't tried it). No need for samba or smbfs.
I like it. You might. (don't buy any second hand blue light versions)
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:06 PM   #2
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I have one too 1 TB. Works fine. I bought this http://www.goodsync.com/ for my Win setup. So now I have set up a automatic sync between my f: (data) drive and the NAS
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:34 PM   #3
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I have the earlier Blue rings version. While it's very slow in transfers (max at about 500-600 kbyte per sec) it's cheap as dirt if you find it these days, and it's very easy to hack yourself into the embedded Linux. I'm using mine as a wee little server running a website, Transmission torrent client and some other neat stuff.

The White bar version is also quite hackable and the filetransfers are faster I think. It also has 64 MB RAM if I'm not mistaken vs. the meagre 32 on the Blue Rings version.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:39 PM   #4
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Yeah didn't mean to diss the blue version. I understand you can get much the same functionality by hacking. I was only trying to say that the white light comes with NFS mounting from the box. Just started getting into the hacking of mine this night. Man, linux is like the unspeakable progeny of DOS and AmigaDOS!
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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Yeah didn't mean to diss the blue version. I understand you can get much the same functionality by hacking. I was only trying to say that the white light comes with NFS mounting from the box. Just started getting into the hacking of mine this night. Man, linux is like the unspeakable progeny of DOS and AmigaDOS!
Having had to recreate the data on a 2TB one of these that had the "blue ring of death" I cannot recommend the earlier one to anyone, I read that this was a common fault and WD's response was to recommend a data recovery specialist that charged vast money to recover the data when the problem was the controller board was dead, several hours with a Linux box and the raid was rebuilt and the data recovered. Its not a experience for the faint hearted or someone who is scared of the Linux command line. One plus was I inherited a pair of 1TB drives for my NAS (a 99p buyer collects dell server from ebay).

Before buying one of these its worth a good read on WD's forums.

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Old 02-11-2011, 01:52 PM   #6
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If someone is looking for some more serious HW I can recommend QNAP products (the QNAP NAS are typically available without the drives, too). I personally use 4 drive model with 6TB storage.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:36 AM   #7
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Cool. I worked on the chip in the WD MyBook World Edition.

http://www.edn.com/article/457668-In...zing_a_NAS.php

The next generation of that chip is in the soon to launch Iomega NAS and is already available in the Cloud Engine NAS boxes and the PogoPlug.

Without a doubt these will become best "Value for money" or "Bang for buck" NAS on the market as they top all the benchmarks and are not expensive Atom or x86 based.

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Old 02-12-2011, 04:47 AM   #8
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I have been considering one of these for a little while, I have a WD mybook FireWire and it's been rather solid.
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:06 AM   #9
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BTW, here's a wee little forum with a lot of information if anyone is interested in hacking/modifying/salvaging their MyBook WE whitelight/bluerings:
http://mybookworld.wikidot.com/
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:16 AM   #10
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NAS to me is no use whatsoever. I had a Lacie 2TB NAS for a week before selling it. At 3MB/Second, it was three to four times quicker for me to download from the Internet on my 100MBit connection that to use a NAS. Looks like this WD manages about 25MB or so from the reviews I've read so at least that is an improvement although not enough to make me buy one.
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:25 AM   #11
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I just threw together an old AMD X2 MB with 4 2 TB SATA drives, using FreeNAS. Works great.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:00 AM   #12
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I just threw together an old AMD X2 MB with 4 2 TB SATA drives, using FreeNAS. Works great.
Only problem with that is the power consumption. My 4 x 2 TB NAS consumes 45W max in operation, and 19W in standby.
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My Sempron 1100 Micro-ATX with 4 x 1TB, 2 x 1.5TB, 1x500GB drives in standby and 1 x 2.5" spinning sys drive is around 39-42 watt with data disks not spinning.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:21 AM   #14
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Looks like this WD manages about 25MB or so from the reviews I've read so at least that is an improvement although not enough to make me buy one.
But that is a very old NAS design. Over 3 years old!

The next gen NAS we did last year which is coming to market now has about 60-70MB/s over Gigabit when the drive is connected to the NAS via SATA.
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