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Netgear Storage Central SC101 *clearance item* Instore @ PC World
Netgear Storage Central SC101 *clearance item* Instore @ PC World

Netgear Storage Central SC101 *clearance item* Instore @ PC World

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Manufacturer's blurb:

With the NETGEAR Storage Central SC101, you can plug in up to 2 IDE drives of any size and create a central storage space for all your music, video, photos, games, and files. These files and media resources are then easily accessible by all the computers on your home or small office network as a simple letter drive, from 'My Computer'. You can start with as little as 80 GB and upgrade to 800 GB or more as required. Never worry about losing your most valuable files with advanced back-up features. Keep your personal files private from other network users if desired by placing them in secure, password-protected folders. Different drives can be created for different purposes or users on the network. You can even link multiple Storage Centrals together for additional storage capacity.

Old tech and doesn't get great reviews but useful for me as I had a couple of spare ide drives.
Item number: 0000317549

21 Comments

These things self destruct and take your data with them.

Seems like a decent price to me. Heat & rep

Good deal - reliable cheap nas type solution. Only downside is each client machine needs a bespoke service to access so not as flexible as a straight nas. I ran one with no problems for 2 years

Ive got one, no 64bit support for Vista or Windows7 and forget Mac support altogether!!

These things are OK if you're using XP, I'm running 7 and TBH it's a bit of a hack to get it working, cheap enough tho

So it isn't a straightforward NAS device then? I have an unslung NSLU2 at home and wondered if this would stream to the PS3, Mac and PC clients

Original Poster

No, you need to install drivers on each client.

No, you have to have software installed on the PC in order to access it. Linux and Mac users get the two finger treatment.

nicks99;7591683

No, you need to install drivers on each client.



Chinny_racoon;7591697

No, you have to have software installed on the PC in order to access it. … No, you have to have software installed on the PC in order to access it. Linux and Mac users get the two finger treatment.



Cheers - rep added

Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to buy one of these,I bought one from trusted brands hoping to utilise some old ide drives I had as backup spent days trying to get it working,turns out they are very picky about which drives will work,use a proprietary system and crash regularlyIt would not allow me to update the firmware to the latest release.Trusted brands did not reply to my emails. I gave up and its sitting unused in a cupboard.Just look up netgear toaster on the web for tales of woe.If you really must try one let me know, you can have mine for free.
The only recourse I have is to never buy a netgear product again.It is the worst computer product I have bought in 20yrs of computer buying.
Sorry I am so negative in my first post but have used ukhotdeals for some great deals in the past and wouldn't want your reputaion spoilt by advertising sucuch a useless product

oldgit48;7591726

Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to … Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to buy one of these,I bought one from trusted brands hoping to utilise some old ide drives I had as backup spent days trying to get it working,turns out they are very picky about which drives will work,use a proprietary system and crash regularlyIt would not allow me to update the firmware to the latest release.Trusted brands did not reply to my emails. I gave up and its sitting unused in a cupboard.Just look up netgear toaster on the web for tales of woe.If you really must try one let me know, you can have mine for free.The only recourse I have is to never buy a netgear product again.It is the worst computer product I have bought in 20yrs of computer buying.Sorry I am so negative in my first post but have used ukhotdeals for some great deals in the past and wouldn't want your reputaion spoilt by advertising sucuch a useless product



rep left, excellent first post

Original Poster

oldgit48;7591726

Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to … Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to buy one of these,I bought one from trusted brands hoping to utilise some old ide drives I had as backup spent days trying to get it working,turns out they are very picky about which drives will work,use a proprietary system and crash regularlyIt would not allow me to update the firmware to the latest release.Trusted brands did not reply to my emails. I gave up and its sitting unused in a cupboard.Just look up netgear toaster on the web for tales of woe.If you really must try one let me know, you can have mine for free.The only recourse I have is to never buy a netgear product again.It is the worst computer product I have bought in 20yrs of computer buying.Sorry I am so negative in my first post but have used ukhotdeals for some great deals in the past and wouldn't want your reputaion spoilt by advertising sucuch a useless product



That good eh? I vote cold!

oldgit48;7591726

Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to … Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to buy one of these,I bought one from trusted brands hoping to utilise some old ide drives I had as backup spent days trying to get it working,turns out they are very picky about which drives will work,use a proprietary system and crash regularlyIt would not allow me to update the firmware to the latest release.Trusted brands did not reply to my emails. I gave up and its sitting unused in a cupboard.Just look up netgear toaster on the web for tales of woe.If you really must try one let me know, you can have mine for free.The only recourse I have is to never buy a netgear product again.It is the worst computer product I have bought in 20yrs of computer buying.Sorry I am so negative in my first post but have used ukhotdeals for some great deals in the past and wouldn't want your reputaion spoilt by advertising sucuch a useless product



Much appriciated, stopped me getting one.. and dodging a bullet by sounds of it...

oldgit48;7591726

Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to … Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to buy one of these,I bought one from trusted brands hoping to utilise some old ide drives I had as backup spent days trying to get it working,turns out they are very picky about which drives will work,use a proprietary system and crash regularlyIt would not allow me to update the firmware to the latest release.Trusted brands did not reply to my emails. I gave up and its sitting unused in a cupboard.Just look up netgear toaster on the web for tales of woe.If you really must try one let me know, you can have mine for free.The only recourse I have is to never buy a netgear product again.It is the worst computer product I have bought in 20yrs of computer buying.Sorry I am so negative in my first post but have used ukhotdeals for some great deals in the past and wouldn't want your reputaion spoilt by advertising sucuch a useless product



Well contrary to the negativity of this post, I have had one for 5-6 years hassle free.

With regards to the post in general, the Zetera driver is a downside, but it *is* possible to use the device in Linux. Also, this is not NAS, its a SAN device, hence the driver requirement. At this price it is more than adequate for use as a backup device (proprietary file system means fileserver use is a bad idea), and could allow provide some benefit of any PATA drives that one might have laying around. At this price, I vote HOT.

Alex.

oldgit48;7591726

Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to … Have lurked here for a while but just registered to warn people not to buy one of these,I bought one from trusted brands hoping to utilise some old ide drives I had as backup spent days trying to get it working,turns out they are very picky about which drives will work,use a proprietary system and crash regularlyIt would not allow me to update the firmware to the latest release.Trusted brands did not reply to my emails. I gave up and its sitting unused in a cupboard.Just look up netgear toaster on the web for tales of woe.If you really must try one let me know, you can have mine for free.The only recourse I have is to never buy a netgear product again.It is the worst computer product I have bought in 20yrs of computer buying.Sorry I am so negative in my first post but have used ukhotdeals for some great deals in the past and wouldn't want your reputaion spoilt by advertising sucuch a useless product



I also have one sat in a box under the stairs. managed to give one away a couple of years ago but I still have one in the hope that netgear release a patch that make these true nas boxes, But to be honest I gave up hope ages ago so have not even looked.

I started reading this thread to see if anyone else had better luck but it seems not.:whistling:

It is a pile of crap.

Had one. Software is buggy as hell.

These devices are NOT NAS devices, at least in the pure sense.
You need a piece of client software, so these boxes are more like CAS boxes. I ran one for a while. They are ok, if you have the patches and firmware. I had lots of troubles with differing firmware issues, and netgear bought this tech off a third party (Zetera I think) and the support sucks hard. And the client install and the way they work is a pain, and detrimental if you run other OSs. This really is a bad fit for a NAS box as its supposed to be network accessable, not some cludged method of access.

Therefore, the advice is this. Buyer beware. Buy if you are happy with using a client and a server, and only use XP. Buy if you are looking for a cheap solution. Don't buy it if you are looking for a NAS server in the purer sense, because this box and the service it offers is basically not NAS as you would expect.

Choose carefully if you choose to go for it, and be eyes open. Most other NAS boxes are better.

I have one of these sitting in the cupboard at home, I might get it out and use it as a doorstop as that is literally all it's good for. Appalling transfer speeds, constant loss of data stored on the drives, constant drop of transfer when sending big files across.

Avoid. Avoid like a plague of horny pensioners.

Personal experience here too : they do work MOSTLY - with XP and Vista - most reliably AFTER updating to all the latest versions BUT getting there isn't for the feint hearted:
a) poor/non-existent support
b) lots of past problems with software updates and killing an XP installation (happened with us!)
c) proprietary drivers as detailed above - ie no ready access to your backups
d) sluggish reawakening (as drives spun down when not in use)
e) only ATA IDE so for new drives fewer VFM opportunities
f) bundled backup software work but is antique (maybe orphaned, certainly not maintained)

Would definitely NOT recommend acquiring one - may only cost £19.97 (IF you can find one) but likely to cost you hours/days/weeks that with today's vast variety of NAS/USB devices is completely unnecessary.

MKD

OK - so, I wont get this. (thanks anyway, OP)

Anyone know of a good deal for a cheap and reliable NAS drive? Any recoomendations?

solid;7592855

OK - so, I wont get this. (thanks anyway, OP)Anyone know of a good deal … OK - so, I wont get this. (thanks anyway, OP)Anyone know of a good deal for a cheap and reliable NAS drive? Any recoomendations?



I use a Buffalo Link Station Live , and have been satisfied :-D
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