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SATA Network Drive

jarica Avatar
8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
I have a 120gb SATA Hard Drive spare at home. I want to use this as a network drive by hooking it up to my router using a caddy.

The cheapest one I can find is £70:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134995

I do not want to spend this much really and was thinking more around the £30 mark.

Any ideas?
jarica Avatar
8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Amazon have this one for £34.99, but as it's from a marketseller you'd have to pay postage on top of £4.50 giving a total of £39.49.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/3-5-100-Network-External-Enclosure/dp/B000VJ6WPW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1199699464&sr=1-1


Oops, think it's just IDE drives that fit that one, DOH!
#2
Just Found This

Its a bit more than I wanted to spend but looks pretty good. The print server bit is what is making me willing to pay the extra.
#3
Out of interest - would SATA make that much difference over an IDE based NAS drive as wouldn't the 10/100Mbit network inteface built into most NAS drives be the limiting factor?
#4
I am not sure. I can not see it making a huge difference.

The only reason I am looking for SATA over IDE is as I have a spare SATA drive.
#5
Njay;1425534
Out of interest - would SATA make that much difference over an IDE based NAS drive as wouldn't the 10/100Mbit network inteface built into most NAS drives be the limiting factor?

Not at all.
#6
Is that "not at all" to SATA making much difference or "not at all" to 10/100Mbit network interface being the limiting factor?

And could you qualify your answer please?

Ta.
#7
Not at all making any difference. :) You should expect transfer rates of roughly 4MBps (that'ts MegaBytes) from such an inexpensive NAS (or even lower than that). Even long-defunct ATA-1 (the very first PATA standard) offers 16MBps.
#8
jarica
Just Found This

Its a bit more than I wanted to spend but looks pretty good. The print server bit is what is making me willing to pay the extra.


Yeah, the print server does make it worth spending the extra, plus you can always fit a second drive in at a later date if you need extra storage. Good find! :thumbsup:
#9
Ooh, one thing to note about your NAS caddy is that you'll have to reformat the drive if it's in NFTS, as the guy in the reviews of the one you found one guy says that it won't recognise the drive unless it's been formatted using FAT32, unless of course it already is. You probably noticed it or knew it already, but just thought I'd mention it too.

Cheers.

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