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I'm quickly running out of space on both my SSD and HDD and so I'm looking at purchasing extra storage. What I'd like to do is put my music, photos and fraps onto their own drive whilst using my non SSD drive for games that I play occasionally.

I'm currently looking at the following:

Hitachi 3TB Deckstar HD

Iomega Home Media Network Harddrive Cloud Edition

My main concern is my music files as I currently use a Sonos system to play them. What I wonder is whether I need to factor in a specific storage device which would allow me to play my music without my PC being on. I'm not sure that this is possible?

In light of this I believe I may need to purchase both a HDD and something on the lines of the Iomega or would a NAS Drive or possibly a NAS Drive Duo bay suffice?

Thanks
Sian

PS Apologies up front if I'm asking newb questions!
Edited by Webdivauk - 3/1/12 at 2:40pm
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post #2 of 7
Look into getting a NAS aka Network Attached Storage. Basically, any device WIFI compatible, or internet compatible that has access to your network, will have access to your files.

I recommend THIS Silverstone one (also comes in black), as it looks elegant, and small form factor. The HDDs that go inside are 2.5inch, so laptop drives only: (which ups the cost per GB). But features/elegance, I believe this one is among the best.

Some notes: DNLA allows streaming to devices such as an XBOX/PS3, files can be accessed via the network and some NASs support access to your files by logging in remotely. Also since they have processors, some of the work is offloaded from the device playing your files.
Edited by invena - 3/5/12 at 5:45pm
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post #3 of 7
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Thanks for the response and sorry it's taken me a day or two to reply.

I haven't been able to find the Silverstone in the UK. What about this ?

The only thing it doesn't have is the print server, for a home network I don't think it's something that I'd be in need of. It comes in various sizes and I was thinking of going for the 3tb version.
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In theory, most NAS's should work fine, but as far as first hand experience goes with them, I am quite limited (I've only used two), If you are looking to stream to a gaming console or etc, it becomes a little more difficult and features such as DLNA may be required. However, if it is only going to be used for computers, then i believe you will be fine in most cases as long as the product is a quality item.
Edited by invena - 3/6/12 at 1:04pm
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post #5 of 7
rig 2 in my sig, will do what you want I.E DLNA/UPnP Media Server
cons: Hundreds of $$$ not including drives
http://www.synology.com/products/spec.php?product_name=DS710%2B&lang=us#p_submenu

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post #6 of 7
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Thank you both.#

Stubass that looks a serious piece of kit. Having read up on print server's I've decided that I would rather have one than not and with regards to streaming to a gaming console I don't intend to but then again I may change my mind the future. I'm going to have another look at see what's available.
Edited by Webdivauk - 4/6/12 at 6:03am
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I apologise in the delay in posting an update.

I ended up buying an 2TB Iomega NAS Drive and a USB 3 SATA/IDE docking station .

This combo allows me to keep my music and a few documents on the NAS Drive which I can access for my Sono's player and my other PCs. I also backup certain folders onto the Iomega when changes are made. So far, it's working well.

I went for a SATA/IDE docking station which means I can access some IDE drives that I had in my previous PC and I bought a SATA drive which has backups of files on there such as photo's and fraps. It also means that I can buy additional drives and access them easily.

The Iomgea has the following so I believe it to be a good unit without it being overly complecated:
Quote:
DLNA CERTIFIED
E-mail alert, print server, torrent/P2P data exchange, iTunes server, UPnP Media Server

Thank you both for taking the time to respond to my original post.
Edited by Webdivauk - 7/31/12 at 6:59am
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