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Aspire is the heart of the digital home, it is also your home library of digital contents. Holiday photos, videos and music collections created everyday by any family member can now be kept together and therefore can be better organized: no more photos and music scattered and forgotten on different devices around the house, everyone can get to the photos, videos and music shared by everyone else. Your data stay safer with Aspire easyStore, too. Aspire easyStore protects your important files such as the photos of your unforgettable summary holidays from potential human or machine errors.

Aspire easyStore is ideal for digital photographers who need to store digital photos without having to buy yet another USB hard drive, for people who have more than one computer and would like to better organize their digital archives, for families with multiple digital devices who would like to share files, photos, movies easily among one another and for those who are concerned about the security of their important files such as the photos of your new born baby.

Aspire easyStore can be connected to your home network wirelessly, and its wireless functionality allows it to be placed anywhere at home without the limitations of cables. Aspire easyStore is ideal for the home environment: it's ultra-quiet, energy efficient and small in size, so you can put it anywhere you'd like, on the bookshelf, next to the TV, or at a corner in the work room.




.WARNING: This box contains 4x 250GB drive. There is zero expansion capabilities.


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- guv

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- bibu
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#1
is this the box that runs windows home server or just a nas box?
#3
after further investigation it appears to be one of these

http://www. cclonline .com/product-info.asp?product_id=20513&tid=frooct#
#4
Even for the bare shell this seems like a good deal. Swap the installed drives for 1TB or higher drives and you'll be laughing!

Great find OP for a good device.
#5
This should be quite fast compared to a standard NAS drive as it's specced more as a server but at this price is priced more like a NAS and is functional like one.
#6
Processor

* Marvell® 88F5281

Hard disk drive

* SATA

RAID level support

* Levels 0, 1, 5, JBOD

Disk drives

* 4 x Serial ATA Hard Drives

Raw capacity

* 1 or 2 TB

I/O ports

* One RJ-45 port

Networking

* 10/100/1000 Ethernet, auto MDI/MDIX
* WLAN: 802.11b/g

Network protocol

* FTP/SMB

Network service protocols

* DHCP client/server
* TCP/IP
* SMB
* SMTP
* HTTP/HTTPS
* DLNA HNv1
* NTP/SNTP

Audio file support

* MP3, WAV/PCM, WMA, AC3/AAC, OGG, AIF/AIFF

Video file support

* VOB, AVI, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV9

Playlist support

* M3U, PLS, WPL, RMP, ASX

Image file support

* JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF, PNG

System OS

* Embedded Linux®

Network Client OS

* Windows Vista®
* Windows® XP
* Windows® 2000
* Linux®
* Mac OS® X

Dimensions

* 16 x 18 x 21 cm

Weight

* 5.3 kg

Power supply

* 19 V 150 W external power adapter
1 Like #7
This is an amazing deal... ordered 2! Thanks.

Obviously guv doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.... Maybe someone can explain RAID to him.
1 Like #8
Dylan1357;8109748
This is an amazing deal... ordered 2! Thanks.

Obviously guv doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.... Maybe someone can explain RAID to him.


Lol, and also quieter operation, less power drain and reclaimed desk space.
#9
guv,

Maybe this experience will make you think twice before making your comments...

Step 1. Went to ebuyer website and READ the description - oh, RAID
Step 2. Spoke to ebuyer. This is a brand new product, a refresh to Acer's EasyStore Range
Step 3. Googled manufacturers code and read the information on the old model

With my 3 step program, you will find all you need to know guv... Enjoy your noisy old pc.
#10
Building bridges the NAS way.

Feeeeeeeeeeel the lurve!
#11
Dylan1357
guv,

Maybe this experience will make you think twice before making your comments...

Step 1. Went to ebuyer website and READ the description - oh, RAID
Step 2. Spoke to ebuyer. This is a brand new product, a refresh to Acer's EasyStore Range
Step 3. Googled manufacturers code and read the information on the old model

With my 3 step program, you will find all you need to know guv... Enjoy your noisy old pc.


I have my doubts about Step 2. I think ebuyer are being somewhat economical with the truth. It looks to me that this is a clearance batch. I think this model is about 2 years old, and nobody would be fitting 250GB drives now unless they they had stock to clear.

Still that doesn't mean it is a bad deal. Googling indicates that the unit will take 1.5TB drives, and £150 for a 4-bay NAS enclosure is a pretty good deal. Not the fastest and I doubt that the UPNP AV server is very good. However if you you have something like a Popcorn Hour media player that does not need a transcoding server and can work with a SMB server, then this could make a good media storage box.
#12
bytemaster
I have my doubts about Step 2. I think ebuyer are being somewhat economical with the truth. It looks to me that this is a clearance batch. I think this model is about 2 years old, and nobody would be fitting 250GB drives now unless they they had stock to clear.

Still that doesn't mean it is a bad deal. Googling indicates that the unit will take 1.5TB drives, and £150 for a 4-bay NAS enclosure is a pretty good deal. Not the fastest and I doubt that the UPNP AV server is very good. However if you you have something like a Popcorn Hour media player that does not need a transcoding server and can work with a SMB server, then this could make a good media storage box.


Agreed on Step 2... I've spoken to ebuyer and they were quite clueless but given that they changed the image it is certainly the older model they are selling and not the latest revision. It's still a good deal but they really should make it clearer.

Again as you've stated, the drives can be swapped to increase capacity but this is quite a basic device.
#13
guv,

RAID 5 will offer 750gb... According to ebuyer, this offers RAID 0, 1 and 5.

Bought two, have 2 houses.

If you 'need' 3TB, fair enough, but I'm tidy when it comes to storage and don't fill my devices with rubbish. If you like to hoard things, this device isn't for you...
#14
This is a similar product to the Qnap, Thecus, Synology and similar NAS Servers. They are better performance and more functional than a basic single drive NAS, but not a patch on a proper home server (WHS or Amahi). Biggest problem to me is that they have wasted around half the cost of the thing on 250GB drives that are little use for most people. If it was around £80-£90 bare this would be an amazing bargain, anyone want to buy 4 250GB drives for £20 each?
#15
Oh and designed right a PC need not use much power, be massive or cost more. My previous Amahi server (before moving to WHS for superior client backup) was as follows:

Atom Mobo - £50
Ebay 4 port SATA card - £10
1GB DDR2 RAM - £10 (has gone up a little)
MATX Case and half decent 350W PSU - £50 if new but had one anyway.

You then buy whatever hard disks you need and borrow a DVD drive from another PC for build purposes only. OS is free, power usage is minimal and it can take 6 hard disks as standard. Only feature missing is the RAID 5.
#16
Spoke to Acer, this will be old stock as their new models are branded under Gateway.
#18
sibeer
Oh and designed right a PC need not use much power, be massive or cost more. My previous Amahi server (before moving to WHS for superior client backup) was as follows:

Atom Mobo - £50
Ebay 4 port SATA card - £10
1GB DDR2 RAM - £10 (has gone up a little)
MATX Case and half decent 350W PSU - £50 if new but had one anyway.

You then buy whatever hard disks you need and borrow a DVD drive from another PC for build purposes only. OS is free, power usage is minimal and it can take 6 hard disks as standard. Only feature missing is the RAID 5.


£120 for something big, noisy, no raid and more... for an extra £30 you end up with 4 x 250gb disks. Really, is this meant to be an option... Not to mention most these parts won't be covered by a decent warranty - eBay sata card.... please...

This is a good product for someone who only requires a max of 1tb storage (RAID 0) or protect their data with RAID 5...

Just for guv, who is still learning here.... RAID 5 (offering 750gb storage in this case) means if a disk fails, you just swap it out and the box will rebuild the data with no loss and still full protection... Can your old Dell, Acer Revo or home build server do this? A decent RAID card will cost £60 plus...

For £150 this is a bargain, and if you need more storage like guv, just sell the disks on here, or eBay and pick up some larger disks... Simple
#19
I'm with you on this one Dylan.

Circle the wagons.
#20
Dylan1357
£120 for something big, noisy, no raid and more... for an extra £30 you end up with 4 x 250gb disks. Really, is this meant to be an option... Not to mention most these parts won't be covered by a decent warranty - eBay sata card.... please...

This is a good product for someone who only requires a max of 1tb storage (RAID 0) or protect their data with RAID 5...

Just for guv, who is still learning here.... RAID 5 (offering 750gb storage in this case) means if a disk fails, you just swap it out and the box will rebuild the data with no loss and still full protection... Can your old Dell, Acer Revo or home build server do this? A decent RAID card will cost £60 plus...

For £150 this is a bargain, and if you need more storage like guv, just sell the disks on here, or eBay and pick up some larger disks... Simple


Sell the drives to CEX for £12 a pop to bag £48 cash! Although you'd get more for them on fleabay.
#21
Bargain!

Thanks for posting.
#22
Well at first this looks good and if as above you can get £50 for the drives leaves you with a HS/NAS for £100.

Then the problems begin, yes RAID 5 is great but as this is so slow using it as a true server use (27.4MB/sec read, 16.5MB/sec write) is not so viable. So using it for media looks a better prospect, but then you have no need for RAID, just backup you important files (nobody keeps backup of downloaded media).

So on that note the Acer R3600 at only £30 more looks more interesting. Automate your backups, run your torrent client, pc use, catchup tv and you get a media center to boot.
#23
Dylan1357
£120 for something big, noisy, no raid and more... for an extra £30 you end up with 4 x 250gb disks. Really, is this meant to be an option... Not to mention most these parts won't be covered by a decent warranty - eBay sata card.... please...

This is a good product for someone who only requires a max of 1tb storage (RAID 0) or protect their data with RAID 5...

Just for guv, who is still learning here.... RAID 5 (offering 750gb storage in this case) means if a disk fails, you just swap it out and the box will rebuild the data with no loss and still full protection... Can your old Dell, Acer Revo or home build server do this? A decent RAID card will cost £60 plus...

For £150 this is a bargain, and if you need more storage like guv, just sell the disks on here, or eBay and pick up some larger disks... Simple


A well informed post there Dylan :thumbsup: MATX cases are only a little bigger than the Acer box and the main noise on both will be the hard disks (unless Acer has one of those screaming fans). I am also yet to find a SATA daughter card, however cheap, that has failed within the year warranty the Acer has, if it does then you will be £10 out of pocket. The main components have a considerably better warranty (3 years on an Intel Atom mobo and normally lifetime on the memory) and also aren't Acer which many in IT will tell you is a bonus to reliability.

RAID is also available on the home server, just not RAID 5 on most cheap SATA cards. That said RAID 5 isn't really suited to home use and you are clearly not as knowledgeable as you think if you are suggesting such. There are a number of reasons why it is more of a risk for your data that I can't be bothered going through, just Google terms like "RAID 5 home use", "RAID 5 issues", RAID 5 Home Server", etc then follow the advice of the many experts. It also makes upgrading a nightmare as you need to be able to move all your storage elsewhere temporarily should you decide to grow your storage.

A far better option for the home server is the selective RAID 0 offered on a folder by folder basis through Drive Extender on WHS or a new plugin called Greyhole that is being developed for use with Amahi. Two physical copies of important data, no rebuild to access and the ability to plug and play any hard disk is a considerably more elegant and suitable solution.

Add in the £30 saving towards buying a decent hard drive along with massively improved upgradability, functionality and performance then a home server is the best choice for anyone who is happy to build and set up their own PC's. This is better for the non IT savvy, but would still benefit from not wasting build costs on the 250GB drives it is filled with. For most no IT savvy users a better option would be this for £70 and keeping a second copy of important data on your PC or USB HDD:

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=430775&CatId=0

Quieter, cheaper, smaller, 1/4 the power usage, same storage, same functionality, only thing missing is RAID. Buy a 1TB drive for your PC too and use some free backup software and you now have a full 1TB RAID 1 storage for less money as well.
#24
guv
Before I used the old Dell PC Im using for a server, I looked into the atom route, but couldn't keep the cost down. I had thought about using a Revo 3600 for the task at one point, but the temptation of "free" was too great in the end!:p


I ended up being a complete geek (as per) and did the maths on it. All my decent leftovers were P4 based with dedicated GPU's so quite high on the power consumption. Based on 24/7 power the mobo pays for itself in about 12 months :thumbsup:
#25
sibeer;8112127
A well informed post there Dylan :thumbsup: MATX cases are only a little bigger than the Acer box and the main noise on both will be the hard disks (unless Acer has one of those screaming fans). I am also yet to find a SATA daughter card, however cheap, that has failed within the year warranty the Acer has, if it does then you will be £10 out of pocket. The main components have a considerably better warranty (3 years on an Intel Atom mobo and normally lifetime on the memory) and also aren't Acer which many in IT will tell you is a bonus to reliability.

RAID is also available on the home server, just not RAID 5 on most cheap SATA cards. That said RAID 5 isn't really suited to home use and you are clearly not as knowledgeable as you think if you are suggesting such. There are a number of reasons why it is more of a risk for your data that I can't be bothered going through, just Google terms like "RAID 5 home use", "RAID 5 issues", RAID 5 Home Server", etc then follow the advice of the many experts. It also makes upgrading a nightmare as you need to be able to move all your storage elsewhere temporarily should you decide to grow your storage.

A far better option for the home server is the selective RAID 0 offered on a folder by folder basis through Drive Extender on WHS or a new plugin called Greyhole that is being developed for use with Amahi. Two physical copies of important data, no rebuild to access and the ability to plug and play any hard disk is a considerably more elegant and suitable solution.

Add in the £30 saving towards buying a decent hard drive along with massively improved upgradability, functionality and performance then a home server is the best choice for anyone who is happy to build and set up their own PC's. This is better for the non IT savvy, but would still benefit from not wasting build costs on the 250GB drives it is filled with. For most no IT savvy users a better option would be this for £70 and keeping a second copy of important data on your PC or USB HDD:

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=430775&CatId=0

Quieter, cheaper, smaller, 1/4 the power usage, same storage, same functionality, only thing missing is RAID. Buy a 1TB drive for your PC too and use some free backup software and you now have a full 1TB RAID 1 storage for less money as well.
#26
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#27
Well informed advice is bull to the uneducated. Having gone from spare Windows 2000 machine sharing files, to a Synology NAS, to Linux FreeNAS, to Amahi and finally to WHS I think people are better spending their money right first time. My only caveat would be that you need to be a little IT savvy to build and set up an Amahi box.
#28
I've almost wet myself seing their email today with a picture of Acer Aspire easyStore H340 and 149.98 on it. This model for this price would be the hottest deal ever.

GAVINLEWISHUKD
(...) the Acer R3600 at only £30 more looks more interesting. Automate your backups, run your torrent client, pc use, catchup tv and you get a media center to boot.


That's exactly what I did some time ago, bought R3610 and use it as HTPC and a NAS in one. The advantage of PC based NAS is flexibility and network speed, you'll have to spend considerably more to get a dedicated NAS with comparable performance.
#29
i like stuff
#30
I don't see the point of the arguments.
As far as I can tell, this is an excellent product for the price. Yeah - in some situations a PC will be better, but will make my calm office look like a technical support rig

Providing a decent fail safe of 750gb for £150. Wireless - and a great place for photos and my raw wedding footage

It's just a shame it doesn't have a print server function as well.
I'd snap it up. This would be great

I'm currently looking at buying a Buffalo Linkstation 1TB - and a Tenda wireless n-150 to make the buffalo wireless (still doing some research to ensure this is possible)
I'm fast changing my mind though - RAID 5 is much more useful than the print server... that's just a nice convenience for the laptops... and the printers are on the network anyway ; shared from the iMac...

Tempting...

such a good deal. :)

Cheers OP
banned#31
Seemed good to me as well so I've ordered one. Got the free delivery so it will ship on the 22nd March. Might put the 4x500GB drives in my media centre PC into it and sell the 250's. Heat added...:thumbsup:
1 Like #32
piratematt
I don't see the point of the arguments.
As far as I can tell, this is an excellent product for the price. Yeah - in some situations a PC will be better, but will make my calm office look like a technical support rig

Providing a decent fail safe of 750gb for £150. Wireless - and a great place for photos and my raw wedding footage

It's just a shame it doesn't have a print server function as well.
I'd snap it up. This would be great

I'm currently looking at buying a Buffalo Linkstation 1TB - and a Tenda wireless n-150 to make the buffalo wireless (still doing some research to ensure this is possible)
I'm fast changing my mind though - RAID 5 is much more useful than the print server... that's just a nice convenience for the laptops... and the printers are on the network anyway ; shared from the iMac...

Tempting...

such a good deal. :)

Cheers OP


Things like the extra requirements is what makes the PC solution neater in the end. One compact PC case that can be put anywhere is all you normally need. It runs through a web interface like the NAS and can even be a smaller box if you don't want too many drives. Want wireless then £5 buys a USB WiFi Adapter, want to serve printers then plug them in, etc. The two bay NAS I had previously ended up with two further USB hard disks dangling off it and looked a state, WiFi would have been a further box and cables, as would a print server.

All that said my calm office does look like a Tech Support rig, but that is probably because I repair so many computers and always have a couple in parts :roll:
#33
Has anyone else noticed that any IT based disagreement seems to descend to a slanging match. Bibu, you need to learn the art of debate (or properly research what you are commenting on). You could put all that time you spend Googling pics to much better use, lol.
#34
sibeer
Has anyone else noticed that any IT based disagreement seems to descend to a slanging match. Bibu, you need to learn the art of debate (or properly research what you are commenting on). You could put all that time you spend Googling pics to much better use, lol.


This is HOT Deal for What it is ...... I do not need IT BS from some one who think they know a lot. .....
#35
piratematt
I don't see the point of the arguments.
As far as I can tell, this is an excellent product for the price. Yeah - in some situations a PC will be better, but will make my calm office look like a technical support rig

Providing a decent fail safe of 750gb for £150. Wireless - and a great place for photos and my raw wedding footage

It's just a shame it doesn't have a print server function as well.
I'd snap it up. This would be great

I'm currently looking at buying a Buffalo Linkstation 1TB - and a Tenda wireless n-150 to make the buffalo wireless (still doing some research to ensure this is possible)
I'm fast changing my mind though - RAID 5 is much more useful than the print server... that's just a nice convenience for the laptops... and the printers are on the network anyway ; shared from the iMac...

Tempting...

such a good deal. :)

Cheers OP


These arguments are pointless and hilarious at the same time as everyone seems to have more knowledge than the next person but that doesn't always ring true.

Given the products name, 'Easystore', it lives up to that function if that's what anyone is after. For something more comprehensive then it's worth looking elsewhere as this won't be the device for you. How about a wireless printer? My PX800FW is linked to all my systems and I've managed to use my HTC Hero also.
#36
thehitman

Given the products name, 'Easystore', it lives up to that function if that's what anyone is after. For something more comprehensive then it's worth looking elsewhere as this won't be the device for you. .


Precisely - this does what it says on the tin - and it does those functions more than adequately.
It's a "Hot Deal" for some people and probably deserves more heat than it has got.

If you want to add a mega augmented trumpet packer, and a Dilithium crystal to it, then perhaps you are barking up the wrong tree... (Or perhaps just plain barking...)
#37
sibeer

All that said my calm office does look like a Tech Support rig, but that is probably because I repair so many computers and always have a couple in parts :roll:


I used to use a PC myself as a feature packed NAS - but grew tired of the clutter, and configuration. It stopped being fun in my 30s. I no longer enjoyed my custom solution. I want a box which flashes blue and which ideally would occasionally go ping [in a none network sense]
#38
thehitman
These arguments are pointless and hilarious at the same time as everyone seems to have more knowledge than the next person but that doesn't always ring true.

Given the products name, 'Easystore', it lives up to that function if that's what anyone is after. For something more comprehensive then it's worth looking elsewhere as this won't be the device for you. How about a wireless printer? My PX800FW is linked to all my systems and I've managed to use my HTC Hero also.


I concurred that it was ideal for people looking for simple solutions and a decent deal (apart from the drives) from the start. Other options are available for similar money though and people seem to be massively ill informed on them. Has Apple really got everyone thinking that PCs must be bulking great monstrosities that crash, need a fission reactor to power and take a degree to turn on? (Yes I know a Mac is a PC but they don't sell it as one)
#39
piratematt
I used to use a PC myself as a feature packed NAS - but grew tired of the clutter, and configuration. It stopped being fun in my 30s. I no longer enjoyed my custom solution. I want a box which flashes blue and which ideally would occasionally go ping [in a none network sense]


WHS has really been set it and forget it for me. It happily wakes all the PC's in the house to back them up while I am asleep and it warns me if anything has a drive starting to fail. Will stop bleeting on about home servers now but sometimes something is so good you feel you need to fight its corner. Oh and it has a Blue LED :-D

I am not even 29 till April though so I am sure this will all become less fun soon enough.
#40
sibeer
WHS has really been set it and forget it for me. It happily wakes all the PC's in the house to back them up while I am asleep and it warns me if anything has a drive starting to fail. Will stop bleeting on about home servers now but sometimes something is so good you feel you need to fight its corner. Oh and it has a Blue LED :-D

I am not even 29 till April though so I am sure this will all become less fun soon enough.


Isn't this the older model of the EasyStore? I thought only the newer H340 had WHS.

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