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Can anyone recommend me a decent NAS drive? What i'm looking to do is back up data from my Windows 7 Desktop and my MacBook with Time Machine. I would be backing up most of the time from my MacBook wirelessly and my Windows 7 is through wired ethernet. I'm not looking for anything crazy, trying to keep it under $200. Looking between 1-2 tb, was considering the Western Digital My Book Live or World Edition II. Anyways, thanks for your help!
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I've had good experiences with the WD MyBook drives. A (sometimes) cheaper and more versatile option is to buy a new router with a USB port. Often you can plug in a regular external hard drive and use it as a NAS. Another advantage is you can use the USB port for a printer as well. Just something to consider.
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Thanks! I didn't even think about that. Now that you mention it I think my current router might have a usb port. Its the D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N. Ill check when i get home. Do you know if I will be able to store Windows 7 data as well as use Time Machine for my Mac for wireless backup?
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I've heard a lot of good stuff about Synology NAS drives. They have some cheaper models as well
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Thanks! I didn't even think about that. Now that you mention it I think my current router might have a usb port. Its the D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N. Ill check when i get home. Do you know if I will be able to store Windows 7 data as well as use Time Machine for my Mac for wireless backup?
I don't know the specifics of how they work but it should appear just as a network drive. And yes, just googled your router and you do have a USB port.
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Another option would be to just buy a drive (or two for raid 1 redundancy) and throw it in your desktop for extra storage + use it as a nas drive... not sure if that creates speed issues over wireless, but it is nice to keep it directly with your desktop.
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Yeah I have seen alot about those Synology drives, gonna have to look into that.

Now I have too many options lol. I'm gonna have to do a bit of research. I don't really care how i do it as long as i get some decent speed through wireless and whatever will cost me less for at least 1tb or storage.
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post #8 of 9
If it were my system this is what I would do. I see you have a 1tb drive already, you could buy another of the same model and raid 1 those. Then spend a few dollars for a 2tb as storage. Then you get your nas drive and a 1tb increase in storage .
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Yeah I have seen alot about those Synology drives, gonna have to look into that.

Now I have too many options lol. I'm gonna have to do a bit of research. I don't really care how i do it as long as i get some decent speed through wireless and whatever will cost me less for at least 1tb or storage.
As much as i love my Synology NAS server, in this case i think would be out of your budget once you buy drives for it. if you can spend a a couple hundred bucks more, go for it, they are great performers and then you have a network storage/backup solution with redunancy.

so i would follow what The_Hairy_Yak sugested get yourself another WD Cavier Black 1TB and RAID 1 it and use it for PC data redunancy. With the extra you could buy a USB external drive say 2TB and use it as a network drive connected to you router as ITEATFISH pointed out. Your right so many options
Edited by stubass - 10/17/11 at 1:51pm
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