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I am curious as to what the best network drive solution is to be able to backup 3 different PC's to what will need to be a 1TB drive.

If there is such a thing as external enclosure that had a 1GB ethernet port on it to act as a network drive so I can put my own TB drive in it that might be a good option if it worked well and was easy enough to swap the drive out.
post #2 of 19
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If there is such a thing as external enclosure that had a 1GB ethernet port on it to act as a network drive so I can put my own TB drive in it that might be a good option if it worked well and was easy enough to swap the drive out.
Sounds like you want a NAS (Network attached storage) device you can buy pretty much exactly what you explained above. Here's one

There are loads available, I don't know how good/bad that one linked is, it's purely for reference.
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Honestly, it would probably be out of your price range and probably a bit more than what you're looking for...but an excellent choice for network backup is a Drobo, specifically the Drobo FS or DroboPro FS, depending on how far you want to take the backup.

http://www.drobo.com/products/drobo-fs.php

It's probably about the most automatic, secure, and simplified way of backing up your data to a network drive, not to mention the fact that it's expandable and has auto-RAID configurations.

Again, the price tag is up there...but IMO well worth the expense if you are serious about your backup.
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Well, I don't know about the price tag either... lol.

However, it seems great for what it does. If I could write off the expense on our taxes for my wife's free lance then it would be worth it.
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It really is great for what it does. Protection from up to two simultaneous drive failures...multiple configurations for RAID...expandability...the ability to use multiple different size/speed/brand drives....can't ask for much more. And if you are going to be using it to back up her computer for her business, then yes it would be considered a business expense and you could write it off. I know this from experience as one of my family members owns a business and bought one to do data backup of all of her business records and other data involved with the business and she was able to write it off.
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If you want a bit more features.... look at Windows Home Server.
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I wish I could say I knew how the tax write-off stuff worked, but this is the first year for her doing a free lance business on the side. Obviously she is not going to get paid to take the device in her taxes (just guessing), but she may owed that much less or see more on a return. Better do it soon I guess though.

As far as the Windows Home Server goes I am curious about that and wondering how small a form factor I can make it and how much I would be looking at in expense (I don't even have the OS. Wish Linux had a better version).
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As far as the Windows Home Server goes I am curious about that and wondering how small a form factor I can make it and how much I would be looking at in expense (I don't even have the OS. Wish Linux had a better version).
You can build a mITX server... you will just be limited on space for HDDs.

You can build or buy a cheap computer... less than $200 for a server plus cost of HDDs.

Linux version of WHS: www.amahi.org
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Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime;11805459 
I am curious as to what the best network drive solution is to be able to backup 3 different PC's to what will need to be a 1TB drive.

If there is such a thing as external enclosure that had a 1GB ethernet port on it to act as a network drive so I can put my own TB drive in it that might be a good option if it worked well and was easy enough to swap the drive out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=windows+home+server
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You can build a mITX server... you will just be limited on space for HDDs.

You can build or buy a cheap computer... less than $200 for a server plus cost of HDDs.

Linux version of WHS: www.amahi.org
Think all I am going to need room for is two drives for RAID1. What server would you recommend and is the Linux version better, worse, or the same compared to WHS? I ask because WHS is another $99.
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