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I have several computers at home in addition to a newly built HTPC and I want to get a network HD system so that I can store and access TV shows, movies, etc. from the computer in my room. I know Netgear makes one but I just want to do a bit of comparison shopping. Seems like no one offers a SATA version yet. The size of the drive doesn't really matter as I would most likely swap it out for a 500 gig.
    
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http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=...al&sa=N&tab=wf

Lots of people make them,just depends what features you are looking for.
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Just out of curiosity, if you already have a 500 gig drive and a server, why not just use the server to store the data? I have a box dedicated to windows server 2003 and it has a seperate hard drive for exactly what you are talking about. The LAN is gigabit so it streams just fine. Don't know if you're trying to avoid this for some reason, but it's an alternative to spending money on a device you're just going to swap the drive on.
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I don't have a server nor do I have a 500 gig hd at this point in time. I just have several computers and files scattered among the drives in those computers so I thought I should just get a network drive so that the files could be stored on that so if I need them or want to watch a recorded show on any computer, I could just access the network drive without having to turn on all of the computers to stream from.

Maybe I'll start a new thread on this, but how would I go about to setup a small home server?
    
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You can just use a regular box. Mine is an old amd 1800+ with nothing real special hardware wise. I use Windows 2003 Server as the operating system and all I installed on it are Active Directory, DNS, and File Server, although File Server is not necessary.

You could just use Windows XP for a makeshift setup if you wanted to, though. Just set up a small partition, maybe 15 GB, for the OS. Then use the rest of the space for storage. Or add in a second hard drive for additional storage. Either way, all you have to do is keep it running and share the drive or folders that you want to. You can use the network setup wizard in XP to put everyone on the same workgroup. Hook everyone up to the same router using dhcp and there you go. Map the folders that you want to access and then you can just open the folders from whatever computer you're on. Personally I use winamp and when I want to play a song I just open it directly from the shared music folder.
I hope that's not too confusing. Post anymore questions and I'll be glad to help.
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