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Share photos, videos, music and more with up to 4 users over your home network with this Home Network Hard Drive from Iomega.

This 500GB Home Network Hard Drive is a great solution to all your storage needs, and simultaneously enables you to share data across a home network.

Set-up is quick and easy, and the Home Network Drive automatically configures to work with any PC or Mac on your network.

Features Form factor 3,5" Total capacity 500 Network Connectivity yes Connections USB 2.0
LAN 10/100 Connection type SATA Cache 8 MB RPM 7200rpm BOX Box Content Ethernet cable, Power supply (support for worldwide distribution), Printed Quick Start Guide, Solution CD with system software and user manual, EMC Retrospect HD backup 2 client licenses
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#1
This is CHEAP for a 500GB NAS drive - are these drives reliable ?
banned#2
whats the difference??





have to say though...these things are pretty heavy duty...the case on these is thick steel
#3
Anyone know if these are (or can be) formatted to NTFS and therefore handle file sizes more than 4GB and still be seen on the network?

Ta
#4
Nothing special about the price at all!
Delivery is £3.99 so the real price is £83.97!

It has been cheaper since WELL before Christmas in Comet at £79.99 all in - you can collect it instore for that price, or get free delivery!
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/410900/IOMEGA-3.5-500GB-NETWORK-HARD-DRIVE

Been posted on here many times.
#5
jomppa
This is CHEAP for a 500GB NAS drive - are these drives reliable ?


I can't comment on how good these are - but comparable Buffalo drives are retailing at around £120

(I just bought a QNAP with 1TB and looked into NAS prices a lot, the QNAP worked out as £250 - but needed it for Squeezecenter)

80 pounds just seems VERY cheap, even if it is a basic NAS drive
banned#6
think this will work, use code - FREEDELIVERY
#7
im looking at getting a NAS but would like to get something a little bigger drive size wise as i have quite a lot of HD content and 500gb wont last long, wheres the best price for a QNAP and is it best to buy bare and add your own drives?
#8
ODB_69
think this will work, use code - FREEDELIVERY


thanks - I have added this to the description!
#9
Well i personally think these are old spec now. not just for size but speed as well the nic is only 10/100 so not gig link...currently all pc's switches and routers are 1000 so this is useless to anyone seriously thinking about setting up a NAS. You are better off with just a 1TB USB drive and share it out on your existing PC if you want it on a network.
#10
simon2490;4392684
currently all pc's switches and routers are 1000 so this is useless to anyone seriously thinking about setting up a NAS.


This is one of those occasional howlers to leap off the page! :thumbsup:

All PCs? Yeah... sure.
#11
dont thinks so mate suggest you look at all new machines they all have gig nics think you are stuck on old kit mate! do your research before making comments on other peoplse knowledge! As people have said if you want to stream HD content on this then you will need some extra bandwidth which this doesnt have! You can always put a PCI NIC in your pc but you cannot replace the NIC on a NAS with ease so you would be putting money down the drain on this one!
#12
simon2490
Well i personally think these are old spec now. not just for size but speed as well the nic is only 10/100 so not gig link...currently all pc's switches and routers are 1000 so this is useless to anyone seriously thinking about setting up a NAS. You are better off with just a 1TB USB drive and share it out on your existing PC if you want it on a network.


100mb is fine for most home users..... even streaming HD content over 100mb is fine too.
#13
jomppa
This is CHEAP for a 500GB NAS drive - are these drives reliable ?


Wouldn't touch iomega...really shoddy...thier zip drives were great but I've brought 2 ext hard drives back due to **** caddies....my advice DIY
#14
nihcaj;4392729
This is one of those occasional howlers to leap off the page! :thumbsup:

All PCs? Yeah... sure.


eh? more and more that are being sold are, so will make a difference for wired e/net devices

tho if you are linking to this wirelessly then youll struggle to get over 100mb/s anyway (dont believe the wireless N bull) so the different between 100mb/s and 1 gigabit will be neglible

it is cheap for a NAS and iomega and lacie arent recommended - whats the throughput of this device - bet its awful - how reliable is it - the most important thing on your computer is your data

Personally id spend more on a decent NAS from qnap, netgear (formerly infrant NAS) or synology, ive found this place to be the cheapest

http://www.ultimatestorage.com/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=13

or build your own - easier than building a fully fledged pc (as effectively they are stripped down pc's with more hard disks, why they charge so much is beyond me!)
#15
Voted cold, as for an extra £5 you can get a western digital NAS with 1TB HDD

http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/515841/WESTERN-DIGITAL-WDH1U10000
#16
USB2 at 480mbs seems slow. 100mbs from this is too slow nowadays. Certainly the last three mobo's I've bought have had gigabit on board and even if they don't a gigabit boards are only a couple of quid.
#18
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#19
simon2490
Well i personally think these are old spec now. not just for size but speed as well the nic is only 10/100 so not gig link...currently all pc's switches and routers are 1000 so this is useless to anyone seriously thinking about setting up a NAS. You are better off with just a 1TB USB drive and share it out on your existing PC if you want it on a network.

Good point. A good hard disk can transfer 150MB/s, USB does 40 MB/s (well, in theory), but fast ethernet only does 11MB/s. So big files will take 10 times longer than on a local hard disk.

Good price, but still cold for me.
banned#20
tomlewis007
100mb is fine for most home users..... even streaming HD content over 100mb is fine too.


A USB external drive is fine for most home users too.
#21
dane523
voted cold as for an extra £5 you can get a 1TB western digital from Comet


Thats £85 for an external HardDrive not a NAS (Network Attached Storage) £79.97 is really good for a NAS. Can get 500gb External hard drives for around the £50 mark for a comparison.
#22
sorry yeah noticed after i looked into it! am still half asleep but saw it under the "networked storage drive" section :/
banned#23
Seems good to me

... or build your own linux box for NAS :)
#24
Actually whilst most PCs have gigabit NICs the howler is saying that most switches and routers do.

This is not the case at all.

Also its not really that important, I tested gig links across my networks and they rarely get above 300-400 mbps due to attenuation, hard disk write speeds etc.
#25
Tommy2
Good point. A good hard disk can transfer 150MB/s, USB does 40 MB/s (well, in theory), but fast ethernet only does 11MB/s. So big files will take 10 times longer than on a local hard disk.

Good price, but still cold for me.


Where did you get that idea from. Fast ethernet is 100mbps. Ethernet is 10mbps.
#26
simon2490;4392871
dont thinks so mate suggest you look at all new machines they all have gig nics think you are stuck on old kit mate!


So where are ALL these new machines with Gigibit LAN?

I doubt if 5% of machines sold this week will have Gigabit lan cards!
#27
royals;4393042
eh? more and more that are being sold are,


I stand by what I said originally, and subsequently
I bet 5% of machines sold this week will have gigabit Lan cards

A LONG long long way from ALL PCs
banned#28
Gigabit lan is certainly a long way off. 100mbs is FINE!
#29
daalphamale
Wouldn't touch iomega...really shoddy...thier zip drives were great but I've brought 2 ext hard drives back due to **** caddies....my advice DIY

not sure that right, ve had a iomega 250gb nas for 3 years still going strong.
#30
nihcaj
I stand by what I said originally, and subsequently
I bet 5% of machines sold this week will have gigabit Lan cards

A LONG long long way from ALL PCs


The only reason I state that is all the business toshiba laptops we get in at work, even though theyre only £400 all happen to have gigabit lan on, but having a look at the home stuff now it doesnt have gigabit, which is odd because gigabit cards dont cost much more than fast ethernet, but gigabit switches and routers cost a lot more!!!
#31
got one of these, works great .connected to my router to backup and stream wireless sd content to xbmc good as a proper nas, but if you need gig and hdtv spend more on a big one you can add torrent client to
#32
Tommy2
... A good hard disk can transfer 150MB/s, USB does 40 MB/s (well, in theory), but fas ethernet only does 11MB/s. So big files will take 10 times longer than on a local hard disk...


centaurandrew
Where did you get that idea from. Fast ethernet is 100mbps. Ethernet is 10mbps.


Centaurandrew - I think you're confusing MB and mbps ;-)

Even so 100mbps should be enough for HD streaming - in real terms you'll get around 20Gb of data / hour between the drive and router. Of course if you're connecting wirelessly then transfers between PC and drive could be a lot slower.
#33
centaurandrew;4393728
The only reason I state that is all the business toshiba laptops we get in at work, even though theyre only £400 all happen to have gigabit lan on, but having a look at the home stuff now it doesnt have gigabit, which is odd because gigabit cards dont cost much more than fast ethernet, but gigabit switches and routers cost a lot more!!!


Isn't this the way technology usually gets introduced - keep it rare and exotic for a while to extract maximum profits, then only when it gets very mainstream, that even the budget manufacturers are using it, then the price plummets.

That said, most Domestic and even small business users won't see much difference either way as they are not using any sort of networking at all other than for their internet connection - after all most domestic users think g wireless is marvellous, and store all their files on usb disks, only after they have filled up their laptop drive!! :-(
#34
Mikiex;4393768
got one of these, works great .connected to my router to backup and stream wireless sd content to xbmc good as a proper nas, but if you need gig and hdtv spend more on a big one you can add torrent client to


Well, no uPnP, so it isn't very friendly to non-PC users on media streamers:-(

I don't think I would be running Bittorrent clients which are not filtering IP addresses,either so I can't see that I would want to use one of those.

I had an HP Mediavault that cost me similar money - it was SLOW, as these cheaper NAS drives are, and when it went on the blink, rather than getting it fixed, I just took the SATA drive out of it, and put it in one of he PCs!

The whole advantage was so I was able to stream media without a PC running as a server for most of the day using up electricity, but in effect it wasnt a wonderful solution, and an incremental backup of only changed files took hours! :-(
#35
centaurandrew
Actually whilst most PCs have gigabit NICs the howler is saying that most switches and routers do.

This is not the case at all.

Also its not really that important, I tested gig links across my networks and they rarely get above 300-400 mbps due to attenuation, hard disk write speeds etc.


Absolutely true. Not sure anyone has ever got 1000mbps out of a network have they?

I have a Gigabit router, NIC & NAS with Cat 6e and rarely get much above 200 - 300 mbps - don't believe the hype
#36
georgieboy123
Anyone know if these are (or can be) formatted to NTFS and therefore handle file sizes more than 4GB and still be seen on the network?

Ta

No, I have the 320GB version and you *can* re-format to NTFS but lose network capability. Still works as a (rather expensive) USB drive though. So, FAT32 and 4GB limit only if you want network access.
#37
I have an HP MV2020 500GB Network Drive, it's ****! Very slow transfer speeds and no NTFS.
#38
Well anyone getting this far down the comments must be really confused now!
Gig nics are the norm now regardless of what people think and the reason you dont get the full speeds yet is due to other hardware reasons (you still get the most bandwidth availible). If you want a NAS DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY on THIS read up some more on these things as previously posted. I can highly recomend building your own system and using FREENAS (google it) just bang it on any old pc add a pci sata card from the usaul *bay and a branded gig nic card with a quiet 1TB drive and your off stick it out the way and your done! Take it from me as i have dont the donkey work and not wasted my money buying these useless products only the find they dont step up to the mark!

Thanks for reading:-D
#39
simon2490;4399462
Well anyone getting this far down the comments must be really confused now!
Gig nics are the norm now regardless of what people think


Repeating something that is not true doesn't make it any more true :-(

I can't see how anyone will be confused, they only need look at what PCs and equipment is on sale, and is installed at work, and at home, and in places they visit and they will see it.

Yes many new models of PCs & motherboards have Gigabit Network cards, but to be honest these aren't what the vast majority of people are buying for home or for small business. They are usually a lot further down in the marketplace, where older spec machines offer best value, and as a result, they are fitted with the 100 speed cards, and will remains so for some time. Most people won't even bother once they are buying 1000 speed equipped machines, they just won't bother to update the rest of the gear they have, until they need to, in the same way they are not going to Vista, until they feel they NEED to.
For one thing, most people have no reason to rewire/re-equip their premises, if all they are doing is shuffling the odd Word Doc or email!

Enthusiasts go for up to the moment equipment, but small businesses don't, and most domestic users don't even know what a wired network is in the first place, because you don't need it to get to Facebook or the online Bingo :-(
#40
Does anybody know if this drive can be configured to be accessed remotely via the internet?

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