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Netgear STORA MS2000 2-bay NAS Enclosure - £49.98 (was £69.99) SAVE £20.01 @ Ebuyer

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Stora makes home storage as easy as ABC! At last, home network storage that’s comprehensive and easy to understand. NETGEAR Stora lets you store, share and protect music, movies, photos and data usi… Read More
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Stora makes home storage as easy as ABC!
At last, home network storage that’s comprehensive and easy to understand. NETGEAR Stora lets you store, share and protect music, movies, photos and data using any device on your home network. Share a private photo album with family and friends. Drop photos into Facebook with ease. Automate backup from the PCs and Macs in your home to eliminate data loss worries. NETGEAR Stora even supports a second hard drive that mirrors the first, on the fly, ensuring even greater reliability for those irreplaceable digital assets. Unleash the power of your home network with Stora.

Access, backup, centralise
Stora puts music, photos, videos and other important data at the heart of your home network.


* Centralise all your digital media (videos, music, photos) in a single, safe location
* Fast, stylish, easy-to-use browser-based interface with embedded media player
* Share photo and video albums with friends and family over the Internet
* Protect all your valuable documents by backing them up on the optional 2nd bay
* Swap or add a hard drive in minutes without using any tools
* Optional premium features take remote access and media sharing to another level!
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#1
I was about to order this as the email I got from ebuyer said 'claim a free 500GB Hard drive'. However, when I checked the Netgear site, the offer ended 31st Aug. Hopefully they'll re-run the offer before theprice goes back up (or maybe that's why thge price has come down).
banned 1 Like #2
'Stora makes home storage as easy as ABC!'

That is laughable, For sharing media between PC's this is fine but if like me you want to stream to PS3 and TV's and set up FTP then avoid this like the plague.... It's crap....

I can't recomend enough the Qnap TS210, Does everything it claims too and more
#3
MrFizzy
I was about to order this as the email I got from ebuyer said 'claim a free 500GB Hard drive'. However, when I checked the Netgear site, the offer ended 31st Aug. Hopefully they'll re-run the offer before theprice goes back up (or maybe that's why thge price has come down).

I think this product is now end-of-life and they are selling the last few off cheap.
#4
mrpremium
'Stora makes home storage as easy as ABC!'

That is laughable, For sharing media between PC's this is fine but if like me you want to stream to PS3 and TV's and set up FTP then avoid this like the plague.... It's crap....

I can't recomend enough the Qnap TS210, Does everything it claims too and more


Have you actually had this unit? It appears to be quite versatile: for instance you don't need the software to stream. The documentation is here:

http://documentation.netgear.com/ms200/enu/202-10540-01/usermanual.pdf

I've just ordered the enclosure as I've just got an email saying there's a free 500gb drive with it, so I shall be VERY ANNOYED if it isn't/I can't get it.
Voted hot (with the drive)
#5
The Qnap TS210 is certainly a better box, but at £160 you'd expect it to be. This is a good low-end enclosure and a great price for it. The reason it's being discounted is that it's End of Life.

The automatic Facebook and Flickr uploading requires paying an additional software fee.

http://www.netgear.com/products/home/storage/simplesharing/MS2000.aspx
#6
Here's the page for the expired free drive: http://www.netgear.co.uk/freestoraharddrive.php. Given that it explicitly says that the promotion ends on 31/August, you'd be very lucky to get it. Perhaps give Netgear a call before going through the effort of sending everything.
#7
que
Here's the page for the expired free drive:http://www.netgear.co.uk/freestoraharddrive.php. Given that it explicitly says that the promotion ends on 31/August, you'd be very lucky to get it. Perhaps give Netgear a call before going through the effort of sending everything.

Your link does not work as you put a full stop at the end

Try this

http://www.netgear.co.uk/freestoraharddrive.php

I think ebuyer have just sent out an email saying there is a free 500Gb with this product hence the confusion. I wonder if ebuyer will accept the "hit".

Edited By: guilbert53 on Sep 14, 2010 09:18: add
1 Like #8
Got one of these when the 500Gb offer was on. I know there are some poor reviews out there, but I've found it fantastic. I use it for stroing and streaming videos and music to various devices (XBox, PS3, Joggler) and PCs around the house and it has performed impeccably. It replaced a PC server which was costing me £150 a year in electricity to run 24/7 and this was a lot cheaper to buy, quieter and much cheaper to run. Even without the free drive I'd say it's a bargain.
#9
Note quite a few other places are doing it at that sort of price.

Dabs/BT Shop is one.

http://www.dabs.com/products/netgear-stora-2-bay-diskless-nas-chassis-71Y4.html

Misco

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=465113&sourceid=2459&cm_mmc=CSE-_-google-_-networking-_-Q262087&CAWELAID=543051229

Amazon are a couple of quid more (I looke at hit on amazon half an hour ago and it was £54, now it has jumped up to £58)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003RFNHU0/ref=asc_df_B003RFNHU0871060





Edited By: guilbert53 on Sep 14, 2010 09:39: add
#10
This is an excellent piece of kit. Mine's a couple of weeks old and the only problem I had running it was due to the PC's network card, not the Stora. A driver update cracked the problem.
I've connected it to a router with a desktop PC (hard wired), PS3 (hard wired) and two laptops. The Stora will streams to the PS3 without any other machine being turned on. The printer is also connected via the USB port so the laptops can print without the desktop being on. Under 50 quid, even without a 'free' HDD is good value.
#11
mikthe20
Got one of these when the 500Gb offer was on. I know there are some poor reviews out there, but I've found it fantastic. I use it for stroing and streaming videos and music to various devices (XBox, PS3, Joggler) and PCs around the house and it has performed impeccably. It replaced a PC server which was costing me £150 a year in electricity to run 24/7 and this was a lot cheaper to buy, quieter and much cheaper to run. Even without the free drive I'd say it's a bargain.


same as you buddy,
I bought a Hewlett Packard EX475 1TB MediaSmart Server in July, and though its pretty good at streaming video's and backup storage, it's constantly on, and electricity bill can't justify it.

so going to sell that media sever and replace it with this deal above!
that way it's always attached to the router and can stream all my movie's and music! bargin!! :)
#12
i need a cheap NAS that's system agnostic i.e. i access AND administer from a mix of windows, linux or macos computers, with as little software needed as possible. prefereably standard network protocols. can this do this?

the CD and manual suggests this is some type of Windows only product, can anyone confirm how you manage it? if it's with a web browser, fine. if it's with some windows app, not fine.



Edited By: Smiff on Sep 14, 2010 15:07: blah
#13
Ours worked really well until it broke 4 months in - hardware fault. After an hour on the phone going through the 'switch it off and on again' we have been sent a new one so fingers crossed!
#14
Smiff
i need a cheap NAS that's system agnostic i.e. i access AND administer from a mix of windows, linux or macos computers, with as little software needed as possible. prefereably standard network protocols. can this do this?

the CD and manual suggests this is some type of Windows only product, can anyone confirm how you manage it? if it's with a web browser, fine. if it's with some windows app, not fine.

The main management is through the browser, including things like formatting drives, managing users, access permissions, etc. There are a couple of PC/Mac-specific bits of backup software, but the web interface should do all you need. You can probably get the manual on the Netgear site somewhere if you need to know more. HTH.
#15
tanks mik, this looks like it might be the thing. all the **** about itunes and facebook in the docs had me worried.
specifically is there a list of network sharing protocols it supports? e.g. can it host linux NFS (can any NAS?)
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpNFSHowTo


also worth noting
1) 2nd bay can only be used to RAID mirror the first
2) one USB host port for printing? can host more than 1 printer?

Edited By: Smiff on Sep 14, 2010 15:28: blah
#16
Wish it did rsync, which I don't think it does.
#17
looks like for serious features like rsync and NFS you need the much more expensive ReadyNAS Duo series ? (£130+)?
bummer :/

Edited By: Smiff on Sep 14, 2010 15:33: blah
#18
Smiff is correct I believe. You can have the two drives in JBOD as opposed to RAID though - have to upgrade the firmware first, which is done by pressing a button on the web interface.
1 Like #19
People seem to be looking at what it can't do and not looking at what it is supposed to do.

Its a simple home media box, very basic for people who are not interested in loads of features, just for storing files and streaming. I picked up one last week from dabs £53 inc, and for what it is it does the job well, transferring over Wlan is a little slow but streaming is fine, it also very quiet.

Also if you want more features you can install webmin on.





Edited By: starman0147 on Sep 14, 2010 16:23: spelling
#20
I got excellent support from the Stora support people with an old SATA drive I was trying to use before my free 500gb turned up. They remoted into the Stora and forced it to recognise the drive after a day or so.
#21
Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced NAS that will allow you to install rsync?
#22
Can someone confirm to me that this can easily do JBOD, as what i've heard it's just RAID 1 supported.

And can someone explain to me how JBOD works. I heard it spans the data over the two drives. How does that work then? I want to keep them separate ideally. When I take them out and read them on another machine, what will be on what disk? Half on one and half on the other?
#23
this is better offer than the previous one ... I bought it before 31st Aug n haven't got my 500gb hd
#24
Pontiac
Can someone confirm to me that this can easily do JBOD, as what i've heard it's just RAID 1 supported.

And can someone explain to me how JBOD works. I heard it spans the data over the two drives. How does that work then? I want to keep them separate ideally. When I take them out and read them on another machine, what will be on what disk? Half on one and half on the other?


JBOD is just two separate drives acting as exactly that, 2 separate drives.

Raid 0 is where the data is spanned accross 2 disks and see it as a single drive. This drive doesnt do Raid 0 as far as I'm aware and would be pretty useless in this product anyway because if one drive fails thats all your date gone.
#25
mr.potato_head
Pontiac
Can someone confirm to me that this can easily do JBOD, as what i've heard it's just RAID 1 supported.

And can someone explain to me how JBOD works. I heard it spans the data over the two drives. How does that work then? I want to keep them separate ideally. When I take them out and read them on another machine, what will be on what disk? Half on one and half on the other?


JBOD is just two separate drives acting as exactly that, 2 separate drives.

Raid 0 is where the data is spanned accross 2 disks and see it as a single drive. This drive doesnt do Raid 0 as far as I'm aware and would be pretty useless in this product anyway because if one drive fails thats all your date gone.


Yes, I have one. You have to put a single drive in to be able to update the firmware to the latest version. Once you have done that you are able to switch to JBOD. When you switch to JBOD it will completely reformat the drive again though, so dont start storing anything on it until you have JBOD sorted.

Not sure how it works, but the drives are not displayed as individual drives, they are displayed as shares. So one would assume that it spans over drives. That would be a bit tedious though, as one of the features of the product is that hard drives are hot-swappable!

This is a great unit for the price by the way, but without the free 500gb drive, the deal is not as hot as it was previously.
#26
I understand that with JBOD the drives are separate, but I understand from other places like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbOqbR-ou3E that they are merged into a Virtual Drive and so cannot be accessed independently. The JBOD array then writes to one drive and then the other until both disks are full. However, if one of the drives fails it can mess up the other disk too? This would not happen if the drives were truly separate. Also I heard if you take the second drive say out in JBOD and install another you would not just lose what was stored on the second drive you would lose the whole array.
#27
I would imagine so. If you want to do hot swappable drives, you would probably have to do it in pairs I guess? Couldn't even confirm that for you though.
#28
starman0147
People seem to be looking at what it can't do and not looking at what it is supposed to do.
...
Also if you want more features you can install webmin on.




I only want simple file storage - but for linux NFS or similar hosting home dirs. not interested in loads of features like facebook integration.
is webmin some 3rd party upgrade that can be installed on this box? i can't make sense of it right now sorry.. but if there is some way to add hosting file protocol support for free, that'd be awesome.


Edited By: Smiff on Sep 14, 2010 16:56: blah
#29
Any of the guys that have this, how long did it take you to receive the free drive?
#30
Can you actually store up to 4tb of data, or does just mirror the 1st drive.
#31
Good product. I have two 1TB drives configured to RAID1 and can access my data on all my PC's via explorer, I rarely use the browser based interface. Low power and noise. Streams my movies as well with no problems. Great price.
#32
does anyone know of a custom firmware for these boxes and how easy it is to sort out
#33
Quite like the look of this, but concerned about the feedback that the 2 drives do not act independently....if 1 drive fails can i still attach the other drive to the computer and access the files from it?
Also what is the formatting and file handling like on this drive? ie will it handle hd movie files 4GB+?

Good deal though heat added!
#34
can I play my movies from this using cyclone mkv player
#35
I bought one of these from Dabs very recently (same price but no free 500GB HDD) and by and large I'm impressed with it. Like others I've adopted it due to not having to leave a PC on 24/7 to stream media to a PS3 / Media PC / Archos and under DLNA/UPNP it seems to do a decent job. Streamed 720p .mkvs to my Archos 5 with it no problems - couldnt play 1080p as the Archos doesn't support them :(
The logins needed in order to access it are a little tedious as they need to be done from within the Web Console rather than Windows sharing. If you add this device to a small network you have the added advantage of using it a a network print server which also appears to work ok.
Buying it to use it with 2 drives you have to accept that its meant primarily to make a RAID1 mirror out of them therefore protecting your data. The whole point of being able to hot unplug the drives is to replace a failed disk. This would be useless if you had the drives set as JBOD and had no data redundancy. The device can actually play your movies within your browser using it's own built in flash based movie / music player but dont expect it to play .mkv or divx .avi files as it complains about lack of codecs. This wont stop you playing the files the better way i.e. through your own PC/console/TV using their own players.
As someone else has already stated, it's not the best you can get in NAS terms but for £49.99 there's nothing else out there that comes close to it for the type of device it is. Something else worth pointing out is the scheduler allowing power up/down of the unit and a decent eco powersave mode.
If you're even slightly in the market for a NAS enclosure buying this device is a no-brainer!.
1 Like #36
Monkeyballs
Quite like the look of this, but concerned about the feedback that the 2 drives do not act independently....if 1 drive fails can i still attach the other drive to the computer and access the files from it?Also what is the formatting and file handling like on this drive? ie will it handle hd movie files 4GB+?Good deal though heat added!

If you take out the working drive from the NAS and plug it into the PC directly I'd suspect this wont work for the simple reason that the unit created a RAID volume in the first place which your PC will likely not recognise directly. However the whole point of this device is that if a drive fails (assuming you can identify which one has failed - need to look into this) you can hot unplug it in seconds with the unit on and your data still safe and accessible on it while you stick in a replacement unformatted drive which the unit will then automatically rebuild the data back onto and recreate the mirror. This also assumes that you've inserted a drive of exact size and likely make/model too.
Formatting was done from within the Web frontend and was swift. The filesystem is linux based EXT3 I believe and certainly does appear to cope fine with files greater than 4GB. Admittedly I've not thrown many 4GB+ files at it yet as I'm still testing the unit with a 250GB SATA before starting again with 2 x 1TB drives later on.

I can also confirm the unit is very quiet. near silent when not in use and not intrusive when in use. Also the data tranfer speed is decent. Not timed it but didnt seem to take long to copy over 200GB of video and MP3s to it from a networked PC.

Edited By: DAZZ2000 on Sep 14, 2010 18:13: typo - numpty!
#37
shame it just takes sata drives, ive got a couple of older hard drives that work perfectly, but cant use them with this :(
#38
djdave01
shame it just takes sata drives, ive got a couple of older hard drives that work perfectly, but cant use them with this :(


http://www.ebuyer.com/product/200853

Although it probably wouldn't fit :/

Edited By: ZeBadger on Sep 14, 2010 19:26: Adding the Probably wouldn't fit
#39
metastasis2
this is better offer than the previous one ... I bought it before 31st Aug n haven't got my 500gb hd


Me too, no drive, no communication
#40
9w43
can I play my movies from this using cyclone mkv player


I can from a similar unit to the cyclone

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