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A lot of these floating around but this is the outright cheapest.

SATA1 RAID1 NAS with many features including 1tb drive support, 2 drive bays, torrent web server.

Free HDD is 500gb seagate barracuda 16mb cache SATA2 7.3krpm

Free HDD is worth £30.

£90 for a 2 bay NAS with torrent server seems alright to me

£131.11 inc Delivery
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#1
pretty good thought 500gb is a waste of time for me...need 2x2tb minimum
#2
Bought one of these a while ago.
They were running the same free HDD offer too, but more expensive than this, so good deal.
Unit has been really good, no problems at all. Hot
#3
whats the point of this? why do so many people seem to buy this? is a windows share or a samba share not good enough for home use?

Or a network drive with USB ports?
#4
delivery of £6.12 needs to be included in op unless anyone knows how to get free delivery
#5
rash
whats the point of this? why do so many people seem to buy this? is a windows share or a samba share not good enough for home use?

Or a network drive with USB ports?


Well I bought mine as it runs Squeezecentre meaning I can access all my music file through Squeezeboxes with no need to run a pc. It also has bittorrent software built in so it can download stuff overnight again without need to leave a pc on.

I paid about £150 with a free drive about a year or so ago so the price hasn't dropped a huge amount but I would certainly recommend it to anyone. I'm very pleased with mine indeed. Hot!!
#6
They are a good bit of kit.
#7
I got one (with a free 2TB WDEARS drive) from ebuyer before Christmas - that was a steal at £130.
RND2000 +500GB deals have been around for a long time now - usual price seems to about £135 but they have been £120). This appears to be a DABS special with drive being supplied by DABS (£6.36 postage though so the total price is £131.11).

My main complaint is how noisy it is and I'm not impressed with it's speed backing up to external USB connected drives but otherwise its a good bit of kit.


Edited By: wombat6025 on Jan 20, 2011 01:40: correction...
#8
These are ok for the money, but as wombat6205 points out they take an age to backup to USB attached storage and are too slow to run add-ons such as sabnzbd+ due to the ancient sparc CPU and lack of memory.

I had a lot of problems getting mine setup to deliver decent network throughput too, but the forums at readynas.com are filled with tips on how to get things running at a decent rate, just don't expect too much from them. That said, mine is happily streaming 1080p through a homeplug to a WD TV Live so it does what I wanted it for.

One final word of warning - if you ever plan to upgrade to 4k sector drives then ditch the 500GB and buy them now as the only way to get them setup in the future on this nas is to backup everything (which is slooow) and do a factory reset on the latest firmware with the new 4k sector drives installed and then do a restore of all your data.
#9
wombat6025
I got one (with a free 2TB WDEARS drive) from ebuyer before Christmas - that was a steal at £130.
RND2000 +500GB deals have been around for a long time now - usual price seems to about £135 but they have been £120). This appears to be a DABS special with drive being supplied by DABS (£6.36 postage though so the total price is £131.11).

My main complaint is how noisy it is and I'm not impressed with it's speed backing up to external USB connected drives but otherwise its a good bit of kit.


Where is the noise coming from, the fan or hard drive? I have 2 of these and an LG with Blu-ray writer. They are all near silent.
#10
TimmyUK
rash
whats the point of this? why do so many people seem to buy this? is a windows share or a samba share not good enough for home use?

Or a network drive with USB ports?


Well I bought mine as it runs Squeezecentre meaning I can access all my music file through Squeezeboxes with no need to run a pc. It also has bittorrent software built in so it can download stuff overnight again without need to leave a pc on.

I paid about £150 with a free drive about a year or so ago so the price hasn't dropped a huge amount but I would certainly recommend it to anyone. I'm very pleased with mine indeed. Hot!!


Would it not be better to buy a barebones nettop (around £140-£150 for foxcon netbox) and then add multiple external HD's to it via USB/ESATA? It can also be made to look like one big disk by using Linux LVM volumes.

That way you ALSO get a media server as well, if you run XMBC on it, downloading stuff from internet then being able to play it straight away?
#11
rash
TimmyUK
rash
whats the point of this? why do so many people seem to buy this? is a windows share or a samba share not good enough for home use?

Or a network drive with USB ports?


Well I bought mine as it runs Squeezecentre meaning I can access all my music file through Squeezeboxes with no need to run a pc. It also has bittorrent software built in so it can download stuff overnight again without need to leave a pc on.

I paid about £150 with a free drive about a year or so ago so the price hasn't dropped a huge amount but I would certainly recommend it to anyone. I'm very pleased with mine indeed. Hot!!


Would it not be better to buy a barebones nettop (around £140-£150 for foxcon netbox) and then add multiple external HD's to it via USB/ESATA? It can also be made to look like one big disk by using Linux LVM volumes.

That way you ALSO get a media server as well, if you run XMBC on it, downloading stuff from internet then being able to play it straight away?


My reason for wanting a decent NAS is to lower power consumption, whilst leaving it always on. A nettop with multiple external HDD's would eat electricity compared to a single unit. Yeah, you could do more with it, but that's not the point of it. Always on, delivering your files in your home and over the internet, whilst downloading when you specify. That'll do for me.

I am tempted by the D-Link DNS-320, with fun_plug over this.

I've been looking into the foxconn i330 too, but pricing it up shows that you'd be better off buying a revo for circa £200. i330= £150ish + ram + HDD/CF > £200. + the i330 has some networking and audio issues.

Edited By: monkeyboy1982 on Jan 20, 2011 09:05
#12
Geemac
wombat6025
I got one (with a free 2TB WDEARS drive) from ebuyer before Christmas - that was a steal at £130.
RND2000 +500GB deals have been around for a long time now - usual price seems to about £135 but they have been £120). This appears to be a DABS special with drive being supplied by DABS (£6.36 postage though so the total price is £131.11).

My main complaint is how noisy it is and I'm not impressed with it's speed backing up to external USB connected drives but otherwise its a good bit of kit.



Where is the noise coming from, the fan or hard drive? I have 2 of these and an LG with Blu-ray writer. They are all near silent.


The problem is the fan in the ReadyNAS - it is very loud at startup and for a minute or so after and in normal running totally obscures any noise from the drive.
I have my router next door to our bedroom but I've had to move the NAS to another room (long ethernet cable) as my wife could hear it running when she was trying to sleep.
This seems a common problem (the noise not the wife!) as it's reported a lot on reviews and the netgear forums; you can replace the fan with something quieter which I'll get around to doing sometime... ... knowing I could replace the noisy fan it didn't seem worth the hassle of returning the NAS...

I see Netgear are running an offer to claim a free 2TB or 1TB drive if you buy the appropriate ReadyNAS (RND2110 or RND2120) but given the price of those models and the hassles some folks had getting their drives from Netgear on previous offers you may as well buy this and add a couple of 1 or 2TB drives...



Edited By: wombat6025 on Jan 20, 2011 13:39: cos i wanted too
#13
If you buy the Netgear STORA without a harddrive from Ebuyer (~£60) and add a 1TB HDD (not green) then you get a Netgear NAS gigabit with a 1TB HDD for about £110. Free 5-day delivery too.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225067

Edited By: SgtFlash on Jan 20, 2011 14:00

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