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ReadyNAS Duo + Free 500GB for £138.99 + Del RND2000 + 3% Quidco @ CDiscount

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Lowest price yet for this well recieved NAS NAS (Network Attached Storage) Device for the Home Provides extra storage that can be conveniently shared with all your computers The ReadyNAS Duo i…
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Lowest price yet for this well recieved NAS

NAS (Network Attached Storage) Device for the Home

Provides extra storage that can be conveniently shared with all your computers
The ReadyNAS Duo is perfect for homes with more than one computer. Unlike a USB drive, the ReadyNAS connects to the network and is simultaneously accessible via all connected Windows or Macintosh computers.

Access stored content anywhere via the Internet
If there is a broadband Internet connection and a home router, the ReadyNAS can be set up to provide secure access to all the stored files remotely via the Internet.

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Network Interface
Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
Cache/Buffer Memory
DDR SDRAM 256MB
Flash Memory
64MB
Supported Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows Vista Home
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Microsoft Windows Vista Business
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Power Supply
AC Power Supply
USB Ports
3 x USB 2.0
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Box Content
ReadyNAS Duo • 2 hard disk trays • Quick Installation Guide • Warranty card • Power adaptor • Power cable • Ethernet cable • ReadyNAS Installation CD • ReadyNAS Discovery Utility • NTI Shadow for ReadyNAS for Windows and Macintosh
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#1
Looks like a good deal. Only possible drawbacks are noise and it seems that the disks are formatted in a special NAS format, so cannot be read on a PC. If the actual NAS failed there would be a problem.

Maybe one of our techies can comment if this is correct. I use Netgear routers and have always found them to be very good.
#2
It's formatted with EXT3 apparently, which is a UNIX format, a Linux PC could read it, and it's a much more advanced file system than NTFS. But yes, you couldn't sling it in a windows machine and read it without some EXT3 tools, nor could you use a half full NTFS disk as the second disk.
#3
regcar
Looks like a good deal. Only possible drawbacks are noise and it seems that the disks are formatted in a special NAS format, so cannot be read on a PC. If the actual NAS failed there would be a problem.


generally you will get this problem with any nas. when you get a 4 bay raid system like this, you are moving the the risk of a complete failure from the mechanical disks to the enclosure - where the enclosure is less likely to fail since it only has a mechanical fan.

i havent seen this particular nas, but i would say with a lot of confidence that you could get the disks working on on a pc because these devices using linux software raid. for example:

~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 125 1004031 fd Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda2 189 121601 975249922+ fd Linux raid autodetect
/dev/sda3 126 188 506047+ fd Linux raid autodetect

Partition table entries are not in disk order


so it would only work if you connected all disks to a linux pc, then ran the specific commands to hook them all up again.
#4
The offer for the free HDD is through Netgear, you have to receive the NAS and then fill in the form found here and send it off to them before the end of September. I've ordered one from CDiscount and one from Dabs, Dabs say they aren't getting their stock in until the end of the week, CDiscount's site didn't say so I rang them and they said it'd be the end of the week too, I'm leaving my orders with both and returning one of them, I just want to make sure I've got a system to send off for the free HDD and I've never ordered with CDiscount before so my trust level for their service isn't there yet.
#5
Don't know about the noise, but should the need ever arise to get to the data stored on the disc(s) directly through Windows i.e. if the NAS unit itself breaks, then all you need is either ext2IFS or ext2FSD - both freeware and/or open source/GPL (just google them, they're easy to find, download and install).

Personally, I find ext2IFS better for my purpose (USB access to Popcorn Hour HDD). In fact, ext2FSD didn't seem to want to work at all - but that was probably just me.

Oh yes, just seen other posts about RAID too - if they are RAID'ed then you will have much more trouble trying to recover data using Windows PC.

ext2IFS/ext2FSD won't help you there.
#6
Oh yes, just seen other posts about RAID too - if they are RAID'ed then you will have much more trouble trying to recover data using Windows PC.


What changes does RAID make to the file system? I've never had anything that does RAID so I've never looked into it, I assumed it was a controller procedure for just making sure all data was backed up between the number of drives, if it is RAID'd will sticking the drive in a Linux box be able to read it?
#7
Are there any restrictions on drive capacity? I've seen quite a few that will only support upto 1Tb.
1 Like #8
Dannon
What changes does RAID make to the file system? I've never had anything that does RAID so I've never looked into it, I assumed it was a controller procedure for just making sure all data was backed up between the number of drives, if it is RAID'd will sticking the drive in a Linux box be able to read it?


The filesystem lives inside the RAID array, so to mount the filesystem, you first need to assemble (aka 'bring up') the RAID array. Judging by the partition table, it appears to be using Linux's standard 'md' software RAID implementation, so a Linux system should have no trouble in mounting the array. Although there are ext2 filesystem drivers for Windows, I'm not aware of a port of Linux's md driver to Windows.
#9
So this only has space for 2 drives?
#10
ought
So this only has space for 2 drives?


Looks like it can cope with 3 USB disks too
#11
They give you a 500gb drive - you add another - you get a massive 1TB?? What's the point of all that for 1TB?? What about one of those Raided 2Gig mybook drives instead? Smaller, less power use, no crazy file system to deal with. I think they have one with gigbit ethernet too. Am I missing something? If this thing had 6x1.5TB bays or something I could understand it.
#12
It seems to be a much better system than the negear storage central SC101 which I'm using at the moment. It has a proper web interface.
Does anyone know if you can make the file contents read only? You can't do that with the SC101. I do not mean password protect.
#13
echobass
They give you a 500gb drive - you add another - you get a massive 1TB?? What's the point of all that for 1TB?? What about one of those Raided 2Gig mybook drives instead? Smaller, less power use, no crazy file system to deal with. I think they have one with gigbit ethernet too. Am I missing something? If this thing had 6x1.5TB bays or something I could understand it.


This is much better than a My Book, the web interface makes everything much easier to configure, there's a built in bit torrent client for all your legal torrenting needs, the drive can definitely take 2 1Tb drives, maybe more with bigger drives although I can't find any information on whether anyone has tried bigger drives, Netgear don't give the specs on maximum capacity. This will be a much better system that the My Book........I hope
#14
I have two 1.5TB Samsungs in mine. It's a great little device.
#15
echobass
They give you a 500gb drive - you add another - you get a massive 1TB?? What's the point of all that for 1TB?? What about one of those Raided 2Gig mybook drives instead? Smaller, less power use, no crazy file system to deal with. I think they have one with gigbit ethernet too. Am I missing something? If this thing had 6x1.5TB bays or something I could understand it.


No, most people will get another 500GB drive and still have 500GB since they want to use it for data backup and so will be mirroring (raid 1). It should be enough for your most important stuff.
#16
I got one of these couple of months ago, brilliant bit of kit. Huge amount of options to customise it, including setting read/write permissions at folder level as someone mentioned.
Built in Torrent client means no longer have 1+ PC's left on overnight, another useful feature is being able to access shares over interweb, currently listening to a couple of Essential Mixes in work streaming from the box.
#17
midiman
Are there any restrictions on drive capacity? I've seen quite a few that will only support upto 1Tb.


I have this Nas and i am using 2 x Samsung 1.5tb drives.
The fan is actually quite quiet but it can sometimes generate a "low whistling" sound which can be annoying, i have swapped my fan out and it is now silent.
#18
jasee
It seems to be a much better system than the negear storage central SC101 which I'm using at the moment. It has a proper web interface.
Does anyone know if you can make the file contents read only? You can't do that with the SC101. I do not mean password protect.


The unit supports SMB shares and multiple users so you can, say, set up a share that is read-only for a certain group of users and read-write for another group. There's no software required on the client PC as there is with the SC101 so it works cross-platform.

I bought one a couple of months back from CDiscount and they are great (CDiscount service is pretty quick too, had mine within 4 or 5 days). At present I believe they support 1.5TB drives max, there's a full forum & community at [URL="www.readynas.com/forum/"]ReadyNAS Forum[/URL], the developers actually have been adding features as users request them which is pretty cool.

Personally I couldn't be happier with it, I use it for a stash of HD movies, it streams at approx. 6MB/sec over 100Mb Ethernet perfectly happily - I haven't seen stats for the MyBook but I had a USB/ethernet adapter on an external HDD previous to this and was only hitting 1.5MB/sec and enduring stutters when streaming HD content. This drive I can be copying data to it and streaming off it simultaneously with no issues.

Fans are a tad noisy but it's a well built unit and if it's keeping my drives cool I'm happy with that :)
#19
can you connect to these drives from the PS3 - ie if I had movies and tunes on them, do I still need the PC on to access them through that or can I just leave this unit on?
#20
I bought 2 of These Devices 3 Weeks ago from Ebuyer.. Brilliant NAS Drive..

I also purchased 2 Samsung 1 TBs and done factory restore and allowed me to create raid 1 file system.

go here for more Info http://www.readynas.com/

Granted it is Ext3.. but you can get free XP / Vista progs to read if need be..

As for Security for files.. it does the lot...

It aslo has a cracking wee Media Server option that works a treat on XP / VISTA / PS3 / 360... no problems playing stuff back..... I would highly recomend..
#21
PS. Sent off the voucher 2 weeks ago.. 2 New 500G Seagate Drives arrived last Friday Sata 3 (8MB Cache)
#22
nice, looks like I'm sold then! Any new customer codes for CDISCOUNT doing the rounds at the moment - doent seem to be any... :(
#23
this price has been for weeks on Cdiscount... I was wondering if I should get one
#24
Does sound good.. but would prefer one with 4 drive bays ;o)
#25
ought
Does sound good.. but would prefer one with 4 drive bays ;o)


Get one of the NV+ versions then, such as: http://www.netgear.co.uk/desktop_network_storage_rnd4410.php?src=home
1 Like #26
renegade_si
can you connect to these drives from the PS3 - ie if I had movies and tunes on them, do I still need the PC on to access them through that or can I just leave this unit on?


Yup you sure can, I've had one of these units for about 12 months now, there are a couple of different ways to share your media on it.

Firstly you can run Squeezecenter on it, if you have a Logitech Squeezebox, then you can play your music stored on the NAS from the squeezebox (only niggle I've had with this seems to be if you put software updates for the squeezecenter and squeezebox it seems to trash all your favourites - thought not something I've messed with)

Secondly you can run it as a DLNA/UPnp server, and this is how the PS3 accesses data from it,
Thirdly you can set it up as an iTunes server, so you can connect to a shared library (stored on the NAS) rather than storing your music on your PC or Mac,

Yes it does support Mac also, and works much better if you connect to shares via AFP rather than SMB (you can configure the shares to be setup via both simultaneously if needed)

You can also setup shares to be read only by AFP and read/write via SMB or vice versa.

The USB ports can also be used to connect USB printers too, although like hard drives there is a compatability list-

http://www.readynas.com/?page_id=82 - Hard drive compat list
http://www.readynas.com/?page_id=91 - USB Printer compat list

If anyone has anymore questions about it, then give me a shout, and I'll try and answer them for you.
#27
#28
Sooo.. could I connect a USB hub to a USB port and connect even more to it? This is looking good now ;o)
#29
Does any one know if this will this work with Win 7 when its out ? Only thing holding me back atm
#30
Another vote of support for these boxes. I got mine from Scan a while ago..

I reformatted the 2x1 TB drives I got changing the raid settings (raid 0) so it was presented as 2Tb
rather than 1Tb mirrored as it's static data for media streaming.

I'm about to order another one so I'll have 2 500gb free drives that I can put in the second and use that mirrored for sensitive / variable data
#31
echobass;6227593
They give you a 500gb drive - you add another - you get a massive 1TB?? What's the point of all that for 1TB?? What about one of those Raided 2Gig mybook drives instead? Smaller, less power use, no crazy file system to deal with. I think they have one with gigbit ethernet too. Am I missing something? If this thing had 6x1.5TB bays or something I could understand it.


Out of the box, this one is better than the MyBook because of the things other people mentioned.

If you hack the MyBook to get ssh access, and you have some Linux knowledge, the MyBook is waaaaaaaaaaay better than this, you basically get a Linux box so virtually any linux program can run on it . It is cheaper too - I've seen it here recently for nearly £200. Make sure you get the newer model though (not the one where throughput is 4.5 mb/sec). If you need more than 2TB you will have to wait for the new MyBook though; as far as I'm aware, the maximum capacity is 2tb now.
#32
Out-of-Stock at the moment:

http://www.cdiscount.co.uk/f-1551-184519.html

Taff
#33
Looks good - I think they've stopped production now, loads of other sites have no / little stock.
Review on PC Pro and Amazon.com looks promising.
According to PC Pro there doesn't seem to have ability choose the RAID (0 or 1 typically):
"There's no RAID0 or other RAID options as Netgear's own X-RAID technology mirrors the drives in a two-disk array".
- So if you place 2 x 1TB you only get 1 TB, with peace of mind data is mirrored on the other drive.

I've got a fairly quiet Thecus N299 (changed the fan!), that's working fairly well apart from DLNA compatibility for PS3 - does not work as UPnP at all... so having to use PS3 Media Streamer or Window Media Player for now.
#34
When you put the new drives in the Bay.. Do the Factory reset.. and then you have a windows of about 10 Mins to run up RAIDar.. after which you can select what RAUID option you require.. Take ages to format though 2 x 1TB drive (RAID 1 Mirrored) took 4 - 6 Hrs..... worth all the hassle though.. run like a dream...

to Read the EXT3 file system on your XP maxchines Try this site http://www.chrysocome.net/explore2fs
1 Like #35
I got one of these a few weeks ago from Scan too, and it's really impressive.
Things to note - that might be obvious I know, but still:

I changed the fan (and kept the old one just in case something goes kaput and I need to send it back under warranty) to this one from quietpc:
http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/fractaldesignfans/fd-fan-60
and it's virtually silent now. You get a bit of a hum every time the disks start up, but it's sitting right under the coffee table next to me when I'm watching films from it and you can't hear it at all. Took about 5 minutes to do.

It doesn't transcode things you're streaming from it. I got it to store all my photos, music and video and to be able to stream all of it from my PS3. It does do that really well, but it the film wasn't viewable on the PS3 itself (lots of supposedly DIVX AVI files aren't), then this doesn't transcode it so that it does. You can get twonkymedia for it, which might do that - but I've not had chance to play with it yet.

There's an add-ons community that you'd do well to have a look through so you can get an idea of the stuff you can stick on it.
http://www.readynas.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=56&sid=35954f2772abd6a187582e52b6fbb79b
I've added on the NZB package, but haven't yet worked out how to use it.

The GUI to manage it is really straightforward, and you can copy things from USB to it using the Backup option. This was really handy the first time I started filling it up - because even if the box is connected direct to your wireless router, the connections speeds aren't fantastic (the router's fault, not the NAS).

You can set this up as a FTP server and connect to it from the internet to drag files off, or put files on; although you need to set up port forwarding on your broadband router to allow that type of traffic to that address. I've got to admit, I enabled this, tested it, and then panicked like hell because this thing is holding EVERYTHING digital I've got, and the idea of someone hacking it terrifies me.

The shares work really well, although I'm still using the two default ones of Media and Backup.

All in all, I'm really glad I got this. I'm looking forward to the free disk arriving (nearly two weeks now) and having everything RAID'd. Then I'll be attaching a security cable to it and relax, knowing everything I've got is safe.
#36
Got mine from Scan a while back, and they have them in stock currently (though not at this proce obviously)!
#37
amino
Does any one know if this will this work with Win 7 when its out ? Only thing holding me back atm


Mine does.

It's a network attatched storage. It isn't dependent on platform-specific device drivers. It broadcasts and communicates over recognised and established network protocols, so as long as its on the same subnet and the same workgroup, your Win7 install will see it straight away as a Network device.
#38
SampleX
Mine does.

It's a network attatched storage. It isn't dependent on platform-specific device drivers. It broadcasts and communicates over recognised and established network protocols, so as long as its on the same subnet and the same workgroup, your Win7 install will see it straight away as a Network device.


99% correct :)

Sometimes they dont work without a tweak. Depending on which version of samba the nas uses, the ntlm (used for authentication) is not, by default, compatible with vista, 2k8 (and maybe 2003 or windows 7). A registry tweak on the computer will allow it to work as it allows the os to fall back to the older version of ntlm. Without the tweak, some obscure message appears when trying to map the shares. This tweak should not discourage you from the purchase at all :)
#39
Jemster
The unit supports SMB shares and multiple users so you can, say, set up a share that is read-only for a certain group of users and read-write for another group. There's no software required on the client PC as there is with the SC101 so it works cross-platform.
there's a full forum & community at [URL="www.readynas.com/forum/"]ReadyNAS Forum[/URL], the developers actually have been adding features as users request them which is pretty cool.


Thats a useful foruml, thanks.
I'm not about to turn on file and printer sharing here just for that. All my printers are print servers, so I don't need to for sharing printing

Jemster

Personally I couldn't be happier with it, I use it for a stash of HD movies, it streams at approx. 6MB/sec over 100Mb Ethernet perfectly happily - I haven't seen stats for the MyBook but I had a USB/ethernet adapter on an external HDD previous to this and was only hitting 1.5MB/sec and enduring stutters when streaming HD content. This drive I can be copying data to it and streaming off it simultaneously with no issues.

Fans are a tad noisy but it's a well built unit and if it's keeping my drives cool I'm happy with that :)


Fans are good! The SC101 relies on a vaned case (no fans) and unfortunately I can find no way of allowing others access to the drives without also giving them the ability to delete all the files or reformat the disks!:-(
1 Like #40
ourdave
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You can set this up as a FTP server and connect to it from the internet to drag files off, or put files on; although you need to set up port forwarding on your broadband router to allow that type of traffic to that address. I've got to admit, I enabled this, tested it, and then panicked like hell because this thing is holding EVERYTHING digital I've got, and the idea of someone hacking it terrifies me.
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On a side note, if you can get ssh access to the nas, you could always just pinhole port 22 (ssh) on the router to the nas. then tunnel ftp through your ssh connection (to the nas) to localhost (which is the nas) and voila. or even better if the nas supports scp or sftp use them :)

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