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Netgear Readynas Duo only £139.99 at ebuyer. With free 500GB Hard Drive £139.99 @ Ebuyer

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Please be gentle it's my first bargain post! Cheapest price around at the moment apart from some open box versions. If you buy one now you also get a free 500gb drive when you send off for it. (I… Read More
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7y, 6m agoFound 7 years, 6 months ago
Please be gentle it's my first bargain post!

Cheapest price around at the moment apart from some open box versions. If you buy one now you also get a free 500gb drive when you send off for it. (I've done this in the past and the drives are seagate ones.)

Free shipping from ebuyer so it's a total of £139.99.

About the readynas:
http://www.netgear.com/Products/Storage/ReadyNASDuo.aspx

With a ReadyNAS Duo on your home network, youll have the peace of mind that youre no longer among the 50%+ of people who are just a hard drive failure away from losing valuable iTunes files and thousands of digital pictures..forever

ReadyNAS Duo is the heart of your digital home. It keeps your digital media safe* while allowing you to share it with all of your computers, games consoles and media players. Built in a sturdy steel housing and backed by an industry leading 3 year warranty from one of the biggest names in home networking, NETGEAR. Simply add up to two SATA hard drives of your choice and youre ready to go!
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#1
Got one of these, excellent bits of hardware, got 2 x 1.5TB in mine!
#2
to be honest this has been around this price for many months now and I thought about posting it yesterday. I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago and It is very good. The only downside is trying to buy a compatible harddisk that is reliable. I posted my application for the free disk 16 days ago and today I received an e-mail saying that it will be despatched in 2-4 weeks.

I currently have a 1t Hitachi harddrive in it which isn't on the compatible list but it works ok.

Voted hot
#3
Might be worth buying it this way http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143119 ( i did :-) ) that way you can be up and running when it arrives and either double your storage or use RAID for safety when your free drive arrives :-)
#4
Zaxxan
to be honest this has been around this price for many months now and I thought about posting it yesterday. I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago and It is very good. The only downside is trying to buy a compatible harddisk that is reliable. I posted my application for the free disk 16 days agon and today I received an e-mail saying that it will be despatched in 2-4 weeks.

I currently have a 1t Hitachi harddrive in it which isn't on the compatibile list but it works ok.

Voted hot


You got a link to this list you speak of? I have a spare 500GB Sata HDD doing nothing at the moment. Would be nice to see if I can use it.
#5
Not sure why everyone rates these, I looked at these a while back but was limited on features.

I went the shuttle route(K45, CPU & 2GB Memory) all worked out to less, granted you don't any HD's for the same money but it's low power and a lot more useful with a server OS on it.

With this NAS you get a cut down version of the shuttle i.e. CPU and Memory, I now get remote desktop access, Raid, 4 external USB, plus a number of other stuff torrent down loads etc.

This is a hot price for the kit and have voted so but it's limited in functionality for the money you can get do better and no be stuck for compatibility and no bespoke parts.
#6
SamuraiHQ
You got a link to this list you speak of? I have a spare 500GB Sata HDD doing nothing at the moment. Would be nice to see if I can use it.



This is the link, it's also worth while checking out the forum.

http://www.readynas.com/?page_id=82
#7
Bowler_man
Not sure why everyone rates these, I looked at these a while back but was limited on features.

I went the shuttle route(K45, CPU & 2GB Memory) all worked out to less, granted you don't any HD's for the same money but it's low power and a lot more useful with a server OS on it.

With this NAS you get a cut down version of the shuttle i.e. CPU and Memory, I now get remote desktop access, Raid, 4 external USB, plus a number of other stuff torrent down loads etc.

This is a hot price for the kit and have voted so but it's limited in functionality for the money you can get do better and no be stuck for compatibility and no bespoke parts.


An off the shelf nas and a build your own are very different beasts. I've setup quite a few of these and they are very good. They are very low power/noise, and have lots of features which are easy to setup.

In terms of hard drives I wouldn't worry too much about the support list as it's far from complete. Avoid any that they say to avoid, but apart from that I wouldn't lose any sleep.

I'm going for the Seagate LP 1.5TB drive in mine I think.
#8
Can I put 2 1.5tb drives in for a total of 3TB useable space or do they have to be in RAID1?
#9
Minstadave
Can I put 2 1.5tb drives in for a total of 3TB useable space or do they have to be in RAID1?


It is configured by default to do RaidX (raid1) but if you do a factory reset you then have 10 minutes to select FlexRaid which will give you a total of 3tb
#10
Bowler_man
Not sure why everyone rates these, I looked at these a while back but was limited on features.

I went the shuttle route(K45, CPU & 2GB Memory) all worked out to less, granted you don't any HD's for the same money but it's low power and a lot more useful with a server OS on it.

With this NAS you get a cut down version of the shuttle i.e. CPU and Memory, I now get remote desktop access, Raid, 4 external USB, plus a number of other stuff torrent down loads etc.

This is a hot price for the kit and have voted so but it's limited in functionality for the money you can get do better and no be stuck for compatibility and no bespoke parts.


I considered this route but in the end decided to go for the readynas, its small, quiet after the initial startup, well built, low power, looks good and has all of the features that I need.
#11
The shuttle idles around 45W with a E2200, the Readynas uses around 12W iirc. Plus it'll cost more if you're not using a free OS.

It is certainly more functional than this, but this does a single job well without any fuss.
#12
Zaxxan
to be honest this has been around this price for many months now and I thought about posting it yesterday. I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago and It is very good. The only downside is trying to buy a compatible harddisk that is reliable. I posted my application for the free disk 16 days agon and today I received an e-mail saying that it will be despatched in 2-4 weeks.

I currently have a 1t Hitachi harddrive in it which isn't on the compatible list but it works ok.

Voted hot


It's only last week that I was looking at this and they were sitting at £160-170 so nice to see it come on offer again. Will buy it this time. 2x 1TB Samsung spinpoints should serve it well I think.
#13
-BA-;6673674
It's only last week that I was looking at this and they were sitting at £160-170 so nice to see it come on offer again. Will buy it this time. 2x 1TB Samsung spinpoints should serve it well I think.


ebuyer has been selling it between £139.99 - £149.99 for the past 2 months. I paid £144.99 for mine 2 weeks ago.
#14
Now also the same price at Amazon :)
#15
Can anybody tell me what format the HD uses? I'd like to use this in a mirror config, and if the unit fails I'd like to think I can take out a drive and access it by some other means.

Thanks for any help.
#16
MrFizzy
Can anybody tell me what format the HD uses? I'd like to use this in a mirror config, and if the unit fails I'd like to think I can take out a drive and access it by some other means.

Thanks for any help.


if i remember correctly it uses the ext4 16k blocks format and for external usb drives it uses either fat32, ext3 or ntsc

I don't think the ext4 format can be read by windows so I have set my readynas to automatically backup important files to a external usb drive formatted in ext3 - windows can read ext3 if a driver is loaded. If the external usb drive is formatted to ntsc then the read and write speeds are very low.
#17
Bowler_man
Not sure why everyone rates these, I looked at these a while back but was limited on features.

I went the shuttle route(K45, CPU & 2GB Memory) all worked out to less, granted you don't any HD's for the same money but it's low power and a lot more useful with a server OS on it.

With this NAS you get a cut down version of the shuttle i.e. CPU and Memory, I now get remote desktop access, Raid, 4 external USB, plus a number of other stuff torrent down loads etc.

This is a hot price for the kit and have voted so but it's limited in functionality for the money you can get do better and no be stuck for compatibility and no bespoke parts.


You obviously never looked at all the freely available addons for the ReadyNAS series. They're created by members of the community, and allow you to loads of things with your ReadyNAS... (torrents being one such thing)
#18
fair amount of cyber-talk in this thread.
#19
Gordeh
An off the shelf nas and a build your own are very different beasts. I've setup quite a few of these and they are very good. They are very low power/noise, and have lots of features which are easy to setup.

In terms of hard drives I wouldn't worry too much about the support list as it's far from complete. Avoid any that they say to avoid, but apart from that I wouldn't lose any sleep.

I'm going for the Seagate LP 1.5TB drive in mine I think.


Zaxxan
I considered this route but in the end decided to go for the readynas, its small, quiet after the initial startup, well built, low power, looks good and has all of the features that I need.


I agree with some of the comments but while I would love to go into a long debate about both options, this is old technology the ability to put Data on the wire is limited by the SATA 150 interface and slower components used in this unit. When your done with the shuttle you can always turn it into a media PC or give it the kids, most people have an old OS lying around so this shouldn't be to much of and issue.

If your looking for something already set up then I would recommend looking at this http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/511148/hp-ex490-mediasmart-server-386-10-3
#20
Bowler_man;6681020
If your looking for something already set up then I would recommend looking at this http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/511148/hp-ex490-mediasmart-server-386-10-3


I have been looking at these for ages and the HP EX490 MediaSmart Server looks good to me, but I thnk I will build my own computer and have Windows Home Server (WHS) installed.

Then I think I will have what I want, everyones situation is different but the HP EX490 MediaSmart Server came very close to what I wanted.
#21
BritBrat
I have been looking at these for ages and the HP EX490 MediaSmart Server looks good to me, but I thnk I will build my own computer and have Windows Home Server (WHS) installed.

Then I think I will have what I want, everyones situation is different but the HP EX490 MediaSmart Server came very close to what I wanted.


The main reason I mention the HP EX490 is it's a boxed solution and it takes all those old drives and combines them into one big networked drive add this to the ability to backup ALL your PC's and Laptops up without a load of technical knowledge makes it a wise choice for novice users.

But for me the winner has to be it's 4 Bay's as opposed to 2 and bags of potential for external drives.
#22
If you're after a switch it on and forget about it solution, then go for it.

I bought one of these from Misco a couple of months ago. I have 2 x 1TB drives in there (1TB usable)

Incidentally, when the free 500gb disk arrived, it was a 1TB Seagate disk which I then sold on a popular auction site, effectively reducing the price of the NAS by £60! :whistling:

If you're in doubt about this, and need a reliable solution with good community support, go for it!
#23
BritBrat
I have been looking at these for ages and the HP EX490 MediaSmart Server looks good to me, but I thnk I will build my own computer and have Windows Home Server (WHS) installed.

Then I think I will have what I want, everyones situation is different but the HP EX490 MediaSmart Server came very close to what I wanted.


I've been looking at the Media smart servers since they came out. They look like a great solution. It's the extra cost that has put me off though. That and the early bugs in WHS

Bowler_man
The main reason I mention the HP EX490 is it's a boxed solution and it takes all those old drives and combines them into one big networked drive add this to the ability to backup ALL your PC's and Laptops up without a load of technical knowledge makes it a wise choice for novice users.

But for me the winner has to be it's 4 Bay's as opposed to 2 and bags of potential for external drives.


I think WHS and the HP in particular are one of the few things Microsoft have done very well lately. I've always been surprised that the HP is pretty much the only choice in the field still.
#24
Bowler_man
I agree with some of the comments but while I would love to go into a long debate about both options, this is old technology the ability to put Data on the wire is limited by the SATA 150 interface and slower components used in this unit. When your done with the shuttle you can always turn it into a media PC or give it the kids, most people have an old OS lying around so this shouldn't be to much of and issue.

If your looking for something already set up then I would recommend looking at this http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/511148/hp-ex490-mediasmart-server-386-10-3


Top tip, this deal is less than £140, you recommend over £300! Remember this is a site for deals, not techy talk.
banned#25
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banned#26
This is a good product, I have 2 of these at my office and they are very good.

Personally I am waiting for a cheap one for myself to use at home, can't affoard to spend more than 100£ on NAS since I still have to buy the disks. I am waiting for Xtreamer to start shipping their eZTray which is supposed to be able take 2x2TB disks. As with their previous product (Xtreamer) it will have ipkg support so you could extend it to do what ever you want. But they do claim that it will have LAMP and torrent client as standard. I will wait for that since it is dead cheap, 79Euro's I think +20 Euro shipping.
#27
The bittorrent client provided on this I found to be crap so replaced it with one from the readynas community. Good product.

A question to the floor - Is there a newsgroup client for this?

Thanks
#28
Here you go:

http://www.readynas.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=21791

Will download your newsgroup NZBs
#29
Bowler_man;6681020
I agree with some of the comments but while I would love to go into a long debate about both options, this is old technology the ability to put Data on the wire is limited by the SATA 150 interface and slower components used in this unit. When your done with the shuttle you can always turn it into a media PC or give it the kids, most people have an old OS lying around so this shouldn't be to much of and issue.

If your looking for something already set up then I would recommend looking at this http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/511148/hp-ex490-mediasmart-server-386-10-3


dont get a mediamsart server they suck...i had one and its was so unreliable.....didnt perform backups.....performing backups is limited to one a day....software is usual hp bloatware...need to install bloatware on all pc's....my laptop couldnt find the hp on my network despite being correctly set up....my pc then couldnt find it!!....couldnt access my server due to failures.....corrupted my data.....backup methos is flawed as it isnt raid....if one drive fails you are knackered...hp said that even a replacement hp mediasmart wouldnt be able to read a disk from another hp mediasmart - joke....looks very nice though and build quality is good and tbh its good value too...i sent mine back but mjay consider another one if theyve ironed out the flaws
#30
why is it that noone seems to have the 1TB version of this in stock (ie comes with 1x 1TB disk and an offer of a second via mail in offer)?

Ironically I would buy the diskless one and add two 1TB except for the fact that the diskless one comes with a 1/2 TB disk via mail order which I would prob not want/need
#31
To use this do you just need to connect this to the broadband router?, or do you need to buy a new one. And can the NAS be accessed by wireless?

Thanks.
#32
Bowler_man
Not sure why everyone rates these, I looked at these a while back but was limited on features.

I went the shuttle route(K45, CPU & 2GB Memory) all worked out to less, granted you don't any HD's for the same money but it's low power and a lot more useful with a server OS on it.

With this NAS you get a cut down version of the shuttle i.e. CPU and Memory, I now get remote desktop access, Raid, 4 external USB, plus a number of other stuff torrent down loads etc.

This is a hot price for the kit and have voted so but it's limited in functionality for the money you can get do better and no be stuck for compatibility and no bespoke parts.



i also owned one of these for about 48 hours before returning it, it kep formatting my disks on power on lol, no way would i of trusted it with my data, it was possible hard disk compat or faulty unit thought, even though i returned it, i still got my free hdd :D


however i decided to build my own NAS using an dual core atom main board, 1 gig mem, 1tb hdd, currently have freenas on it, works flawlessly, however i`m gonna upgrade the software in the next few days to unbuntu server, for more stuff i.e. webserver etc etc :D

my unti worked out cheaper not including hdd and is infinately more powerful , however a lot more messy setting up
#33
blodnik
Top tip, this deal is less than £140, you recommend over £300! Remember this is a site for deals, not techy talk.


The deal I posted is a good deal should be £433 works out to £355 a saving of £78 in total, as regards techy talk how can you gauge if a deal is good or not if your not sure what you are buying?

royals
dont get a mediamsart server they suck...i had one and its was so unreliable.....didnt perform backups.....performing backups is limited to one a day....software is usual hp bloatware...need to install bloatware on all pc's....my laptop couldnt find the hp on my network despite being correctly set up....my pc then couldnt find it!!....couldnt access my server due to failures.....corrupted my data.....backup methos is flawed as it isnt raid....if one drive fails you are knackered...hp said that even a replacement hp mediasmart wouldnt be able to read a disk from another hp mediasmart - joke....looks very nice though and build quality is good and tbh its good value too...i sent mine back but mjay consider another one if theyve ironed out the flaws


Can't comment on your network problems, but like any remote backup agent you will have to install it on the client. The raid element is not the standard however if you have a couple of drives and duplication switched on it will rebuild similar to raid 5 arrays on disk failure and tbh nobody should every just have the one copy of important data on any one system.

thecheekymonkey
i also owned one of these for about 48 hours before returning it, it kep formatting my disks on power on lol, no way would i of trusted it with my data, it was possible hard disk compat or faulty unit thought, even though i returned it, i still got my free hdd :D


however i decided to build my own NAS using an dual core atom main board, 1 gig mem, 1tb hdd, currently have freenas on it, works flawlessly, however i`m gonna upgrade the software in the next few days to unbuntu server, for more stuff i.e. webserver etc etc :D

my unti worked out cheaper not including hdd and is infinately more powerful , however a lot more messy setting up


Did look at the freeenas which from all accounts is great, just not to good with Linux OS. I did build a MS Server from a shuttle for around £110 + HDD's and it does everything I need for a low cost.
#34
someperson
To use this do you just need to connect this to the broadband router?, or do you need to buy a new one. And can the NAS be accessed by wireless?

Thanks.


Yes it would be best connected to your router, although you could connect it to say a switch that is connected to your router.

As for the wireless question you should be able to access it just like anything else on your router (so yes)
#35
Bowler_man
This is a hot price for the kit and have voted so but it's limited in functionality for the money you can get do better and no be stuck for compatibility and no bespoke parts.


Limited in functionality? Compared to what?

With one of these you've got a form factor smaller than a build-your-own SFF PC as well as drawing less power and requiring practically no knowledge of server administration. Plus it costs a lot less too and is conveniently covered by warranty and for everything else you have a wide user base with several internet user forums.

Out of the box the NAS supports RAID 0 and 1 (and Netgear's proprietary X) which is enough for most people. It's got a fairly flexible security system and backup system for the contents, too.

On top of this you can add all kinds of addons for Bittorrent downloading, FTP server, photo gallery (yes, it's a web server too), web access to files and more.

Plus it has built in support for iTunes and DNLA broadcast support. If you have a Mac it will run as a Time Machine backup destination too and supports the Apple File Protocol, Common Internet Filing Protocol and more :) So you can stream music and video from this to all the computers in your house through iTunes, Windows Media Player, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 too :)

Whilst I do agree that this device is limited in features, this is only when comparing it to a more fully fledged home server solution that will almost certainly be more expensive, complex and physically larger.

As far as NAS'es go, this device competes with the Buffalo DriveStation but after comparing reviews on the internet the verdict was a unanimous win for the NetGear. The Drobo too, has more cachet, but is more expensive and aimed at people with lots of old, low capacity disks to spare.

Get the Netgear, you won't regret it!

addendum: FreeNAS is pretty good too although I still recommend the ReadyNAS hardware and software over custom hardware + FreeNAS for all home/small office users.
#36
liddlefeesh
Limited in functionality? Compared to what?

With one of these you've got a form factor smaller than a build-your-own SFF PC as well as drawing less power and requiring practically no knowledge of server administration. Plus it costs a lot less too and is conveniently covered by warranty and for everything else you have a wide user base with several internet user forums.

Out of the box the NAS supports RAID 0 and 1 (and Netgear's proprietary X) which is enough for most people. It's got a fairly flexible security system and backup system for the contents, too.

On top of this you can add all kinds of addons for Bittorrent downloading, FTP server, photo gallery (yes, it's a web server too), web access to files and more.

Plus it has built in support for iTunes and DNLA broadcast support. If you have a Mac it will run as a Time Machine backup destination too and supports the Apple File Protocol, Common Internet Filing Protocol and more :) So you can stream music and video from this to all the computers in your house through iTunes, Windows Media Player, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 too :)

Whilst I do agree that this device is limited in features, this is only when comparing it to a more fully fledged home server solution that will almost certainly be more expensive, complex and physically larger.

As far as NAS'es go, this device competes with the Buffalo DriveStation but after comparing reviews on the internet the verdict was a unanimous win for the NetGear. The Drobo too, has more cachet, but is more expensive and aimed at people with lots of old, low capacity disks to spare.

Get the Netgear, you won't regret it!

addendum: FreeNAS is pretty good too although I still recommend the ReadyNAS hardware and software over custom hardware + FreeNAS for all home/small office users.


Im loving your passion for a NAS. ;)
#37
This looks like a cracking deal!

What is it?
#38
Does it have a fireproof box?:)
#39
Quids
This looks like a cracking deal!

What is it?


:giggle: :lol: :lol:


That just reminded me of a child at Christmas 'I always wanted one of these, what is it?' :whistling::thumbsup:x
#40
liddlefeesh
Limited in functionality? Compared to what?

With one of these you've got a form factor smaller than a build-your-own SFF PC as well as drawing less power and requiring practically no knowledge of server administration. Plus it costs a lot less too and is conveniently covered by warranty and for everything else you have a wide user base with several internet user forums.

Out of the box the NAS supports RAID 0 and 1 (and Netgear's proprietary X) which is enough for most people. It's got a fairly flexible security system and backup system for the contents, too.

On top of this you can add all kinds of addons for Bittorrent downloading, FTP server, photo gallery (yes, it's a web server too), web access to files and more.

Plus it has built in support for iTunes and DNLA broadcast support. If you have a Mac it will run as a Time Machine backup destination too and supports the Apple File Protocol, Common Internet Filing Protocol and more :) So you can stream music and video from this to all the computers in your house through iTunes, Windows Media Player, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 too :)

Whilst I do agree that this device is limited in features, this is only when comparing it to a more fully fledged home server solution that will almost certainly be more expensive, complex and physically larger.

As far as NAS'es go, this device competes with the Buffalo DriveStation but after comparing reviews on the internet the verdict was a unanimous win for the NetGear. The Drobo too, has more cachet, but is more expensive and aimed at people with lots of old, low capacity disks to spare.

Get the Netgear, you won't regret it!

addendum: FreeNAS is pretty good too although I still recommend the ReadyNAS hardware and software over custom hardware + FreeNAS for all home/small office users.


Sounds to me like you already got one and are trying to justify it to the Wife :p

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