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I'm looking to get a hard drive onto my network that is accessible by anyone on the network it self. This would be simple with a computer and such of course, but I don't want a computer on all the time in my apartment for power reasons.

I'm looking for a network hard drive of course, a dedicated device just to host a hard drive on my network. I can find plenty of those on newegg, but I want to be able to use a spare external hard drive of mine, allowing me to add and remove storage as I see fit.

I've been looking at this particular one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822242024

It fits the bill. Not terribly expensive as the other drives I've seen, allows for me to use my external hard drive among other things. Reviews have been lack luster though. Does anyone know how well this works out?

On that note, does anyone know of anything better? I don't HAVE to have 4 USB ports, one is enough (though at least two would be preferred, though not required). Really, all I want is something that will let me run my external hard drive independent of a computer and accessible on any device connected to the network.
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Anyone?
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I sort of want an answer soon...
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It's only support 100Mbps... that's only 10-12MB/s. Modern HDDs do 100MB/s+. Get something else.
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if you have the budget, look into different models of these brand

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...n=synology+nas

or any NAS storage device such as Qnaps, thecrus, zyxel, netgear but be sure they supporot GBe
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I sort of want an answer soon...
No offence man, but that's rude.
    
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from what I've seen, even the NAS' that "say" they are 1Gb/s are anything but. The links connect at 1Gb/s but the actual transfer speed is much slower like 100Mb/s. I'm sure if you drop $1000 on a 1Gb/s NAS its going to be fast but for that price, your better off building a home server. If you have an old computer laying around you could use that with a new Gbit NIC if it doesn't have one. instal linux on it for free.

if you are going to spend a little money you could try one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16859105954
can have 4 3.5" hard drives

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16859324013
can only mount 1x2.5" drive but has 2xGbit Ethernet so it would be useful for firewall, squid etc along side your files. and it costs less than the other one.
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No offence man, but that's rude.
Did you even look at the date differences between my posts? Would you enjoy asking a question and not getting a response for almost a week?

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. I know not to get that as speed would be a necessity (streaming videos and such). Though my router only goes to 120mbps wireless. I would love to grab something that would go higher, but I don't really have a good excuse to replace what I have.

That budget stuff that stubass posted doesn't really feel like budget, but I guess in this context it is. I'll see how the dice roll these next few months.

hks85, I don't really see the appeal to having a server running, though then again, if it draws little power, I guess I don't mind. Though I don't see the advantage of that over just a dedicated hard drive. I guess I could fold with ease though...

Really though, I'm just looking for something that wont run up my power bill by a ton. A $5-10 increase wont bother me too much, but the less it goes up, the better. And yeah, I know, that's all subjective, everyone's situation is different.
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hks85, I don't really see the appeal to having a server running, though then again, if it draws little power, I guess I don't mind. Though I don't see the advantage of that over just a dedicated hard drive. I guess I could fold with ease though...

Really though, I'm just looking for something that wont run up my power bill by a ton. A $5-10 increase wont bother me too much, but the less it goes up, the better. And yeah, I know, that's all subjective, everyone's situation is different.
in one of the reviews for the first one i posted
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16859105954
someone is using it with 2x1.5TB drives. They say that its drawing 23watts. I know what you mean, I don't like to have my bill running up feels wasteful.

the NAS you first posted have really bad reviews, i would stay away from that one.

go with this if you can afford $88
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833320038
its a 802.11N router with 2 usb ports that you can plug external hard drives into. It has 390 GREAT reviews on newegg. according to the reviews, you get about 8MB/s wired and 2MB/s wireless on SMB for this thing. this should be enough to stream movies on your home network. If you have any questions about the thing, chances are someone has answered it in those reviews.
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2MB/s wireless seems kind of worse then the one I posted...

In any case, if someone can give me a reason to go with a server over a NAS, please speak up. Otherwise I'll either be getting a router with USB ports or a NAS from links posted above.
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