Dual Bay Network SATA HDD Enclosure (both USB and NAS support) £59.99 @ Maplin - HotUKDeals
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Product Features

* Idea for large amounts of data storage and backup
* This 2-bay RAID enclosure allows two 3.5-inch HDD to be installed in order to get twice the capacity
* High quality black aluminium casing for optimised heat dissipation
* Users can make an exact copy of backup data to prevent future data lost (RAID 1)
* Set up a network storage environment for the office and home
* Enhance your work efficiently with this network storage system utilising file sharing
* FTP upload/download and back-up
* Integrates hardware RAID mode switch into 4 methods of operation plus NAS function to share over the network
* LED indicators for power / Rebuild / LAN / HDD Access / HDD1 Error / HDD2 Error
* Supports upto 2TB of storage
* Network File system SMB/FTP
* LAN 10/100Base-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
* Mode selection Stripping, Spanning, Mirroring, Single
* High speed USB 2.0
* SATA hard drives not included
* System Requirements PC Windows 98se / ME / NT Server / 2000 / XP / Vista (32/64bit), Mac OS 10.3.X higher, Linux
* Dimensions: 226(l) x 62(w)x 145(d) mm
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#1
#2
Pretty poor network connection "LAN 10/100Base-TX" - one would expect 1000. Imagine trying to access 2Tb via one 100Mb link :?
Guess it's old stock, if not then a pretty old design.
Happy new year everyone - Scoob :santa:
#3
Good price for a NAS peice of kit, personally i've never liked NAS storage since i had a Belkin one a while back. It required HDD to be formatted in a strange way that couldn't be read by anything else and required you to install software to view the drive. Hopefully this peice of kit doesn't have either of those traits.

One drawback is its limited to 2TB (whether that changes if there is ever a firmware upgrade who knows).

I myself have two of these. Whilst only USB they are unlimited with regards to size and a good peice of kit.

Voted hot as pretty cheap for a basic NAS enabled enclosure :)

BFM
#4
NAS is a useful system for networked users. The other item referred to in a previous post is not a NAS box (it's just a clever USB enclosure) and so can't be compared in any way with this.

This item seems like a decent price but I haven't looked into it any further.

Personally, I run a Linksys NSLU2. It's a decent bit of kit that's hackable and you connect external USB drives to it.
#5
scoobie
Pretty poor network connection "LAN 10/100Base-TX" - one would expect 1000. Imagine trying to access 2Tb via one 100Mb link :?
Guess it's old stock, if not then a pretty old design.
Happy new year everyone - Scoob :santa:

you tend to access small bits of 2Tb cant imagine what file is 2Tb? whould think it will be ok with
10/100base for most of time
#6
One big reason to have NAS storage on a home network is to stream media to PCs and streaming devices - for me, I would want it to support DLNA or uPnP which is not mentioned on this. Yes I know I can have UNC folder shares, but letting users connect various devices (Pocket PC, media streaming and PCs) and NOT having to mess on is what I have NAS for.
#7
andy math
you tend to access small bits of 2Tb cant imagine what file is 2Tb? whould think it will be ok with
10/100base for most of time

Well if people get a 2Tb disk array for accessing small files then they have an awful lot of them :roll:

I bought a Maxtor NAS a couple of years ago with 10/100 FDX and even then (2005) it got slated here as being too slow i.e. not having 1Gb network interface. I wish I had listened as shifting data around is painfully slow by todays standards.

It all depends on what size files you will be storing - if its just one user and small documents you will not notice, but try copying a folder of DIVX or a single XBOX game/DVD image and wait and wait and wait ......

100 Mb (doesn't even state if its FDX) is very very slow for NAS - go read some reviews.
#8
nihcaj
One big reason to have NAS storage on a home network is to stream media to PCs and streaming devices - for me, I would want it to support DLNA or uPnP which is not mentioned on this. Yes I know I can have UNC folder shares, but letting users connect various devices (Pocket PC, media streaming and PCs) and NOT having to mess on is what I have NAS for.


+1

Echo the comments above.
#9
This would be far better value IMHO - 1TB NAS drive 10/100/100 interface - PCWorld 109.99 -

Installing MediaTomb UPnP streaming server on WD MyBook World Edition - http://www.jpkessler.de/mybookupnp/index.html

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product/500/UV/306727.jpg
#10
If you want a decent NAS you're going to have to open your wallet :).

The WD for example (single, double drive) gets poor reviews.
#11
scoobie;3908466
This would be far better value IMHO - 1TB NAS drive 10/100/100 interface - PCWorld 109.99 -

Installing MediaTomb UPnP streaming server on WD MyBook World Edition - http://www.jpkessler.de/mybookupnp/index.html

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product/500/UV/306727.jpg



seriously avoid these !! awful throughput and unreliable. These best NAS are Netgear Readynas (was Infrant), qnap, synogy
#12
Hi!
I have a single disc 'cheapy' NAS that is useful for providing a level of backup and file sharing round the house. File backup is via scheduled syncbackse (free from [url]www.2brightsparks.com[/url]) and a couple of xboxs running xbmc access shared media on that NAS. As has been noted above for all cheapy NASs the performance stinks (in particular when you have a large number of small files - e.g. my MP3s in one folder and now I've acquired an xbox 360 support for DNLA would be nice.

In the case of this offer I'd go for the single disc enclosure (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=97390) unless you are going to have two drives in RAID 1 to guard against a single disc going pop. For a 2 disc enclosure it's alright.

I hope that helps

Kevin


Pukka NASs are not cheap and I do wonder if it's cheaper to build a small low power PC and I don't fancy having one of my old PCs running 24/7 for power and noise reasons.
#13
normally these nas devices use are form of linux, which normally means there formatted in with a ext3 file system, you can get a windows driver to support this though if needed. Ext3 is far better performing that ntfs or fat32 which windows uses.
Good nas devices also generally have applications like media streaming, itunes server etc and USB connections for extra HD's or printer sharing.
Though at this price its a useful item for backups and sharing files.
For more serious use or performance i would reccomened the Netgear duo, expensive at £200 ish from scan, but its almost silent, great performance with 1gig connection supports 1 printer and 3 extra USB HD's and usb thumb drives. Solidly made with hot swap disks.

But im still tempting to get this for basic stuff or for work use.
hot from me !
#14
Not sure if anyones still looking at this thread, but...

Another Maplins enclosure

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=222377

is a tenner more, but has a print server built in. Other than the 1TB max, whats the catch with this one (I can see no speed specs on the site though)

Also, with these dual enclosures, can you just put one drive in them?

Thanks
#15
Evilmonkey
Not sure if anyones still looking at this thread, but...

Another Maplins enclosure

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=222377

is a tenner more, but has a print server built in. Other than the 1TB max, whats the catch with this one (I can see no speed specs on the site though)

Also, with these dual enclosures, can you just put one drive in them?

Thanks


Hi!
In the past I've had the IDE version of the enclosure mentioned above.
It was slow and noisy, but there was no probs about popping just a single drive in.
Regards
Kevin
#16
scoobie
This would be far better value IMHO - 1TB NAS drive 10/100/100 interface - PCWorld 109.99 -

Installing MediaTomb UPnP streaming server on WD MyBook World Edition - http://www.jpkessler.de/mybookupnp/index.html

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product/500/UV/306727.jpg


The whole discussion of 100 v 1000 Mb throughput is pointless when it comes to the Mybook NAS drives. I have the 500GB version and it is capped to approximately 36 Mb throughput by the weak CPU.
#17
Evilmonkey
Not sure if anyones still looking at this thread, but...

Another Maplins enclosure

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=222377

is a tenner more, but has a print server built in. Other than the 1TB max, whats the catch with this one (I can see no speed specs on the site though)

Also, with these dual enclosures, can you just put one drive in them?

Thanks

hmm, given it doesnt mention gigabit, i think you'd have to assume it was 100mbit
#18
Looks like the same item is available at £34.95 including delivery here:

http://www.usbnow.co.uk/External_Hard_Drives_&_Cases-3.5%22_Hard_Drive_Cases/c10_25/p965/Raid_Enclosure_for_Dual_SATA_I/II_HDDl/product_info.html

Seems like a pretty good deal at half the price of the Maplin unit and looks exactly the same!
#19
puzzle735
Looks like the same item is available at £34.95 including delivery here:

http://www.usbnow.co.uk/External_Hard_Drives_&_Cases-3.5%22_Hard_Drive_Cases/c10_25/p965/Raid_Enclosure_for_Dual_SATA_I/II_HDDl/product_info.html

Seems like a pretty good deal at half the price of the Maplin unit and looks exactly the same!


Naah, this isn't a NAS, just a USB only version. No mention of networking in the spec. and take a look at the image gallery, no network ports on the back & no LAN light on the front (which you can see on the maplins one).

Shame as I'd have snapped it up for that price...
#20
Evilmonkey
Naah, this isn't a NAS, just a USB only version. No mention of networking in the spec. and take a look at the image gallery, no network ports on the back & no LAN light on the front (which you can see on the maplins one).

Shame as I'd have snapped it up for that price...


yeh, USB only, and i suppose the vendors URL sort of hints at that ;-)

still on the hunt for a bargain NAS, unfortunately my performance requirements arent at a bargain price-point and I find myself irresistably drawn to a Thecus monster!!!!!
#21
I have been looking into getting a new external hard drive over the last couple of weeks, and as I look into it further I have found that these can do a lot more than I first expected. Does anybody know if this NAS includes a bit torrent client for when your computer is off. I think I will have to do some more reading up on these. Could be pretty nifty.
#22
rr54
I have been looking into getting a new external hard drive over the last couple of weeks, and as I look into it further I have found that these can do a lot more than I first expected. Does anybody know if this NAS includes a bit torrent client for when your computer is off. I think I will have to do some more reading up on these. Could be pretty nifty.


no mention of a bittorrent client and given this is very much a 'budget' model I would say you should assume not. of course whether it is hackable to update firmware and host 'o.s' is anyone's guess also - more than likely not but you never know if it is a rebadged device by a mainstream manufacturer...
#23
I think a lot will depend on whether there are active communities hacking this NAS.

Does anybody know the model number?
#24
If anyone has one of these NAS drives and has it working can they please let me know. I purchased one last week and have been trying to run it with 2x1TB drives under raid 1, but keep getting an error on one of the HDD's. When I put the HDD into a computer it works fine!
#25
Northwestsands
If anyone has one of these NAS drives and has it working can they please let me know. I purchased one last week and have been trying to run it with 2x1TB drives under raid 1, but keep getting an error on one of the HDD's. When I put the HDD into a computer it works fine!


maybe it only addresses up to 1TB?
#26
dt_matthews
maybe it only addresses up to 1TB?


The info on maplin states that is supports up to 2TB. There is nothing that says otherwise!
#27
morrk
The whole discussion of 100 v 1000 Mb throughput is pointless when it comes to the Mybook NAS drives. I have the 500GB version and it is capped to approximately 36 Mb throughput by the weak CPU.



and 1 user
#28
I bought the one in the original post (http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?moduleno=226732) and I am not too pleased with it and I will be bringing it back and getting a Icybox somewhere else instead.

Whats wrong with it:
There is not a scrap of paper in the box to guide you. There is a CD that is really poor and the 5 or 6 page manual is in http format, no handy pdf to print off. Due to the lack of information on it I decided to go to the manufacturers website and finding the exact same information on their website that is on the CD. Great. Their website is : usbex.com/raid-nas01 (you download to your comp and unzip)
Whats scary is that is all there is on that website, if you try usbex.com you get a http 403 error.

There is a 40mm fan and it sounds like a angry bee, a LOUD angry bee at that. So much so that I have left the side panels off and disconnected that fan.

Airflow through the box is an absolute joke, if you look at the picture on the Maplin website you can see 3 small slots at the front underneath the status leds. There are 6 more of those underneath the box. There is no other way to get air through the box that those 3 little slots (and in fact, there is plastic in the middle of those slots so about 1/3 of a slot is usable in each).... couple that with the **** fan and you are just asking for heat damaged hard disks (the Seagates I have were roasting in there before I took the sides off)

Its taken 10 hours and the two 500GB seagate disks I put in it are still syncing

If you connect the usb to your computer and power it on the ethernet port either does not work or it will not get a ip address.

If you cannot check your router to see what IP the NAS has taken (shows as name STORAGE so cant really confuse it) then you have to use a small Java app (on the CD), that goes out on your network looking for the NAS box .... if that cannot find the IP of the NAS box (because the usb port is connected) then there is no FAQ or support page or anything to tell you what is happening. I spent a few hours trying to figure that one out. (I had connected the USB port to copy lots of data to the array, quite a bit faster than getting the data there over ethernet)

The ethernet cable supplied is 1 meter long.

The usb port is not a host port and can only be connected to your computer, you cannot connect a usb drive on to this to backup your NAS.

The good points:
Cheapish
Good performance for the price, I sent 50GB of files to it over ethernet and got an average 5.5MB transfer rate.
Setting up for raid 0, raid 1, jbod is done with two jumpers in a 2x3 array of pins sticking out of one of the two PCB's inside.


(/edit just adding the maplin order code so people can find this thread - A50JB)
#29
OMG_argh
I bought the one in the original post (http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?moduleno=226732) and I am not too pleased with it and I will be bringing it back and getting a Icybox somewhere else instead.

Whats wrong with it:
There is not a scrap of paper in the box to guide you. There is a CD that is really poor and the 5 or 6 page manual is in http format, no handy pdf to print off. Due to the lack of information on it I decided to go to the manufacturers website and finding the exact same information on their website that is on the CD. Great. Their website is : usbex.com/raid-nas01 (you download to your comp and unzip)
Whats scary is that is all there is on that website, if you try usbex.com you get a http 403 error.

There is a 40mm fan and it sounds like a angry bee, a LOUD angry bee at that. So much so that I have left the side panels off and disconnected that fan.

Airflow through the box is an absolute joke, if you look at the picture on the Maplin website you can see 3 small slots at the front underneath the status leds. There are 6 more of those underneath the box. There is no other way to get air through the box that those 3 little slots (and in fact, there is plastic in the middle of those slots so about 1/3 of a slot is usable in each).... couple that with the **** fan and you are just asking for heat damaged hard disks (the Seagates I have were roasting in there before I took the sides off)

Its taken 10 hours and the two 500GB seagate disks I put in it are still syncing

If you connect the usb to your computer and power it on the ethernet port either does not work or it will not get a ip address.

If you cannot check your router to see what IP the NAS has taken (shows as name STORAGE so cant really confuse it) then you have to use a small Java app (on the CD), that goes out on your network looking for the NAS box .... if that cannot find the IP of the NAS box (because the usb port is connected) then there is no FAQ or support page or anything to tell you what is happening. I spent a few hours trying to figure that one out. (I had connected the USB port to copy lots of data to the array, quite a bit faster than getting the data there over ethernet)

The ethernet cable supplied is 1 meter long.

The usb port is not a host port and can only be connected to your computer, you cannot connect a usb drive on to this to backup your NAS.

The good points:
Cheapish
Good performance for the price, I sent 50GB of files to it over ethernet and got an average 5.5MB transfer rate.
Setting up for raid 0, raid 1, jbod is done with two jumpers in a 2x3 array of pins sticking out of one of the two PCB's inside.


(/edit just adding the maplin order code so people can find this thread - A50JB)


great, full post dude, congratulations and welcome!

it certinaly sound increasingly, like most things, a bit too good to be true, let's face it, if your nas enclosure doesnt maximise the life of your driver (good cooling & disk access) then its a false, and even (data-)dangerous economy!!!!

cheers for posting in such detail
#30
Not exactly a deal as such, but I was looking for a new USB external drive, and noticed this on Comet's site and thought of this thread.....

500Gb Network Drive £79.99
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/410900/IOMEGA-3.5-500GB-NETWORK-HARD-DRIVE

Might be of interest to someone reading this thread wanting one in hurry as it is collect from Store. There is one review which mentions sorting out latest software to use with it on Vista

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