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Using hard drive from an external hard drive

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2y, 4w agoPosted 2 years, 4 weeks ago
If I buy an external hard drive such as: http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/data-storage/desktop-external-hard-drives/wd-elements-external-hard-drive-2-tb-black-22087970-pdt.html can I take the hard drive out easily and use it in a NAS?

I want to use it in http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008HNRD4I?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

Does anyone know what drive is inside and why it is more expensive to buy a 2TB internal hard drive rather than an external one?
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2y, 4w agoPosted 2 years, 4 weeks ago
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The drive should be OK

I have the D-Link ShareCenter 320L and I didn't look at the list for suggested compatible HD's and took my 1tb from my Medion and purchased a 2Tb Toshiba BNIB from an auction house and dropped them both in and it works fine.

Some techy's will tell you there are Server specific HD's which come at a premium but should last longer but I just covered my ears and went with what I could afford.

Can I ask what is your ultimate requirement for NAS - as if you can afford it I would advise a Microserver as this DLink is limited although it does the basic job as a NAS

http://www.dlink.com/uk/en/home-solutions/share/network-attached-storage/dns-320l-sharecenter-2-bay-cloud-storage-enclosure somewhere on the link/downloads is a lit of recommended HD's


Edited By: philphil61 on Dec 19, 2014 11:20

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#1
You should be able to take the drive out & use straight away in the NAS
Drive is probably a WD Green 2TB
#2
Will that void the warranty if I want to put it back in?
#3
The drive should be OK

I have the D-Link ShareCenter 320L and I didn't look at the list for suggested compatible HD's and took my 1tb from my Medion and purchased a 2Tb Toshiba BNIB from an auction house and dropped them both in and it works fine.

Some techy's will tell you there are Server specific HD's which come at a premium but should last longer but I just covered my ears and went with what I could afford.

Can I ask what is your ultimate requirement for NAS - as if you can afford it I would advise a Microserver as this DLink is limited although it does the basic job as a NAS

http://www.dlink.com/uk/en/home-solutions/share/network-attached-storage/dns-320l-sharecenter-2-bay-cloud-storage-enclosure somewhere on the link/downloads is a lit of recommended HD's


Edited By: philphil61 on Dec 19, 2014 11:20
#4
As long as you open the enclosure carefully & dont have to break any seals / void stickers, you should be fine.
#5
philphil61
The drive should be OK

I have the D-Link ShareCenter 320L and I didn't look at the list for suggested compatible HD's and took my 1tb from my Medion and purchased a 2Tb Toshiba BNIB from an auction huse and dropped them both in and it works fine.

Some techy's will tell you there are Server specific HD's which come at a premium but should last longer but I just covered my ears and went with what I could afford.

Can I ask what is your ultimate requirement for NAS - as if you can afford it I would advise a Microserver as this DLink is limited although it does the basic job as a NAS

I have actually purchased it and it is on the way!

NAS wise I wanted to use it simply as a 'home server' where I can access all my documents in one place along with some cloud services.
#6
popo84
philphil61
The drive should be OK

I have the D-Link ShareCenter 320L and I didn't look at the list for suggested compatible HD's and took my 1tb from my Medion and purchased a 2Tb Toshiba BNIB from an auction huse and dropped them both in and it works fine.

Some techy's will tell you there are Server specific HD's which come at a premium but should last longer but I just covered my ears and went with what I could afford.

Can I ask what is your ultimate requirement for NAS - as if you can afford it I would advise a Microserver as this DLink is limited although it does the basic job as a NAS

I have actually purchased it and it is on the way!

NAS wise I wanted to use it simply as a 'home server' where I can access all my documents in one place along with some cloud services.

It'll be OK just for basic storage

Think you can find a 2Tb HD cheaper than the Currys

Check here for apps - my family/friends can login on the Lite app and download/access my files

Edited By: philphil61 on Dec 19, 2014 11:24
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philphil61
popo84
philphil61
The drive should be OK

I have the D-Link ShareCenter 320L and I didn't look at the list for suggested compatible HD's and took my 1tb from my Medion and purchased a 2Tb Toshiba BNIB from an auction huse and dropped them both in and it works fine.

Some techy's will tell you there are Server specific HD's which come at a premium but should last longer but I just covered my ears and went with what I could afford.

Can I ask what is your ultimate requirement for NAS - as if you can afford it I would advise a Microserver as this DLink is limited although it does the basic job as a NAS

I have actually purchased it and it is on the way!

NAS wise I wanted to use it simply as a 'home server' where I can access all my documents in one place along with some cloud services.

It'll be OK just for basic storage

Think you can find a 2Tb HD cheaper than the Currys

Check here for apps - my family/friends can login on the Lite app and download/access my files

I have a 2TB that I pulled out of a previous NAS (iomega - awful!). I think I will give that a go and see how it works. Currys is right next to me so was gonna pop in to see if there are any deals, otherwise I will get one online.

Thanks for the help!
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popo84
philphil61
popo84
philphil61
The drive should be OK

I have the D-Link ShareCenter 320L and I didn't look at the list for suggested compatible HD's and took my 1tb from my Medion and purchased a 2Tb Toshiba BNIB from an auction huse and dropped them both in and it works fine.

Some techy's will tell you there are Server specific HD's which come at a premium but should last longer but I just covered my ears and went with what I could afford.

Can I ask what is your ultimate requirement for NAS - as if you can afford it I would advise a Microserver as this DLink is limited although it does the basic job as a NAS

I have actually purchased it and it is on the way!

NAS wise I wanted to use it simply as a 'home server' where I can access all my documents in one place along with some cloud services.

It'll be OK just for basic storage

Think you can find a 2Tb HD cheaper than the Currys

Check here for apps - my family/friends can login on the Lite app and download/access my files

I have a 2TB that I pulled out of a previous NAS (iomega - awful!). I think I will give that a go and see how it works. Currys is right next to me so was gonna pop in to see if there are any deals, otherwise I will get one online.

Thanks for the help!

Don't forget any HD dropped into the NAS will be formatted - you'll lose everything
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philphil61
popo84
philphil61
popo84
philphil61
The drive should be OK

I have the D-Link ShareCenter 320L and I didn't look at the list for suggested compatible HD's and took my 1tb from my Medion and purchased a 2Tb Toshiba BNIB from an auction huse and dropped them both in and it works fine.

Some techy's will tell you there are Server specific HD's which come at a premium but should last longer but I just covered my ears and went with what I could afford.

Can I ask what is your ultimate requirement for NAS - as if you can afford it I would advise a Microserver as this DLink is limited although it does the basic job as a NAS

I have actually purchased it and it is on the way!

NAS wise I wanted to use it simply as a 'home server' where I can access all my documents in one place along with some cloud services.

It'll be OK just for basic storage

Think you can find a 2Tb HD cheaper than the Currys

Check here for apps - my family/friends can login on the Lite app and download/access my files

I have a 2TB that I pulled out of a previous NAS (iomega - awful!). I think I will give that a go and see how it works. Currys is right next to me so was gonna pop in to see if there are any deals, otherwise I will get one online.

Thanks for the help!

Don't forget any HD dropped into the NAS will be formatted - you'll lose everything

Yep. I was busy taking off 800gb yesterday, another 250 or so to go still!
#10
Hi Phil

I have just installed it. I am getting copying speeds of 8mb/s and streaming is really bad quality, any ideas?

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