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TARGA 400GB External Hard Drive - £99.99 @ Lidl
TARGA 400GB External Hard Drive - £99.99 @ Lidl

TARGA 400GB External Hard Drive - £99.99 @ Lidl

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400GB External Hard Drive
* Stylish stainless steel housing
* 7,200rpm and 8MB cache memory
* NTFS formatted for Windows XP/2000
* USB 2.0 port (compatible with USB 1.1)
* Supplied with USB 2.0 cable, Ethernet cable, stand, mains adaptor, driver CD and instructions
* Size (cm): 21.3 x 4.8 x 12
* Free 3 year manufacturer's warranty
* Price per item
* was £139.99 compared to last year

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Not bad for instore but plenty of 500gb externals around this price- some with firewiree 400/800 and Esata also. Just take a look at ebuyer or the like (eg MyBook Pro 500gb isnt much more).
3 year warranty is nice though as is NTFS rather than FAT32 (though I think most of us can reformat a drive).

goodcool

I was actually going to vote cold on this, since, ostensibly it doesn't look like too good a deal.

For example, I can get a 500GB WD MyBook with 16MB cache for £99.99 delivered from here:

ebuyer.com/UK/…761

However, upon reading the description of your post, it says that it comes with an ethernet cable...? It looks like this might be a NAS drive.

Which would make it a good deal. I can't find any more details on this. Can anyone confirm if this is a networked drive?

And if so, what kind of features does it have?

Buy the Aldi Offer on now it a better deal.

I got the flyer last night and it does show an Ethernet Port at the back of the drive, so what does that mean?

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WalterSmith

I got the flyer last night and it does show an Ethernet Port at the back … I got the flyer last night and it does show an Ethernet Port at the back of the drive, so what does that mean?



You can share the drive on your LAN, by connecting to a router.

I searched the Targa website and could find no mention of this particular drive. The fact it has an ethernet port makes it potentially a good buy, however how does it make the files on the drive availaible. Is it using Samba? What Operating Systems is it compatible with? Does it require any software to be installed on your local PC? Would need to know much more about this product before purchase. If anybody is brave enough to buy could they please give us an update.

Some of these NAS drives can also do more exotic tasks such as:

1. Automated backup over the LAN
2. Offer ftp over the internet.

Some of these units even run small Linux installations can even be modified with extra middleware to provide printer-server functions and all-sorts.

If it is indeed got network connection, then it is a bargain of the century.

Kommunist

If it is indeed got network connection, then it is a bargain of the … If it is indeed got network connection, then it is a bargain of the century.



What he said although NTFS formatted sucks a bit.

Anyone know a model number to see if we can flash it/hack it?

I agree that NTFS support for Linux isn't as great as for Windows, but then it only applies when you are attaching it directly to the machine. If it does support CIFS/SMB then who cares about internal format? I am using Slug with some disks formatted as EXT3 and it works fine with CIFS.
And you can format it to FAT32 quite easily, it only takes two or three seconds to do so. If, of course, the drive can work with it.

Looks to be this model :

targa.co.uk/ind…336

So it is NAS
Nice price. I likey likey...

Kommunist

I agree that NTFS support for Linux isn't as great as for Windows, but … I agree that NTFS support for Linux isn't as great as for Windows, but then it only applies when you are attaching it directly to the machine. If it does support CIFS/SMB then who cares about internal format? I am using Slug with some disks formatted as EXT3 and it works fine with CIFS.And you can format it to FAT32 quite easily, it only takes two or three seconds to do so. If, of course, the drive can work with it.



if you format it to FAT then the cifs server and network will stop working I'd imagine.

These devices usually have some sort of linux installed - you would be nuking that by formatting the disk.

If you had a shell you could of course format the data partition (assuming there is one)


EDIT: Just seen Jay's post - this uses NDAS (Network Directly Attached Storage) - so no linux installed

The majority of NAS devices will use a Linux filesystem and present this to the various network clients using Samba/CIFS. Most of them will read (but not write) to NTFS formatted disks but as the description on this offer clearly states that the disk is NTFS formatted I suspect that the OS of this device is not Linux based and may well require software installing on each PC that requires access like the Netgear SC101 does.

Just seen Jays post, could be a good buy but I still have reservations. If it requires software to be iinstalled on clients then i for one would not touch it.

I agree that NTFS would be a very strange for Linux-driven NAS. But FAT32 is well supported by Linux.

Anyway, if this is NDAS and not NAS then it is no-go for me, as most of my network consists of non-Windows machines. And I can't install NDAS drivers on it.

UPD: Just went through the User Guide. It is indeed NDAS-only device, so every machine would need to have drivers and special software installed in order to access it. Linux and Mac OS X drivers are available from Ximeta website although not sure how reliably it'll work (these drivers are generic).

Kommunist

I agree that NTFS would be a very strange for Linux-driven NAS. But FAT32 … I agree that NTFS would be a very strange for Linux-driven NAS. But FAT32 is well supported by Linux.Anyway, if this is NDAS and not NAS then it is no-go for me, as most of my network consists of non-Windows machines. And I can't install NDAS drivers on it.



My network is a mixed bag too. Looks like I'll get another Slug or maybe the device from SVP.

Yup, the device from SVP looks interesting. Need more info about it though.

Kommunist

I agree that NTFS would be a very strange for Linux-driven NAS. But FAT32 … I agree that NTFS would be a very strange for Linux-driven NAS. But FAT32 is well supported by Linux.Anyway, if this is NDAS and not NAS then it is no-go for me, as most of my network consists of non-Windows machines. And I can't install NDAS drivers on it.UPD: Just went through the User Guide. It is indeed NDAS-only device, so every machine would need to have drivers and special software installed in order to access it. Linux and Mac OS X drivers are available from Ximeta website although not sure how reliably it'll work (these drivers are generic).



They will work on later 2.6 kernels pretty reliably (so I'm told)

By 'They' you mean NTFS? Or NDAS drivers?
The trouble is that on my network I have 2 sort-of-Linux/Unix devices (Xbox and PS2), which can only work via SMB. Strictly speaking I can force Xbox to work via UPnP but then it'll require server installation and keeping one of the PCs running 24x7. Same is for PS2, it can use its own server (PC required) or SMB.
At the moment, both Xbox and PS2 are happily streaming off Slug (NAS), however none of them can support NDAS.

NDAS works under linux -

Don't you have a flashed linkstation (or was that someone else) - just uplink another disk and you are off

Kommunist

By 'They' you mean NTFS? Or NDAS drivers?The trouble is that on my … By 'They' you mean NTFS? Or NDAS drivers?The trouble is that on my network I have 2 sort-of-Linux/Unix devices (Xbox and PS2), which can only work via SMB. Strictly speaking I can force Xbox to work via UPnP but then it'll require server installation and keeping one of the PCs running 24x7. Same is for PS2, it can use its own server (PC required) or SMB.At the moment, both Xbox and PS2 are happily streaming off Slug (NAS), however none of them can support NDAS.




Have you got UPnP working with XBOX and Slug? I have to use SMB but would love XBOX to be able to access Twonky running on the Slug.:?

dc2447

There are no NDAS drivers for Xbox and PS2 AFAIK.
Not that it matters, as I am not a big fan of NDAS

PNE
I tried it with ushare but not twonky (why pay for something when you can get similar stuff for free?). It worked but occasionally ushare missed some files. So I just switched to SMB and that's how it works now.

I bought a lifetime licence for Twonky ages ago for about £10, I know you can get free alternatives (Tversity is ace by the way but requires a PC) but Twonky works best by far of all the servers I've tried.

For a tenner I would buy it too, but now they want 30 EUR

Thats what happens when a small business gets taken over by an American corporation.. one good reason for communism..cheaper Twonky

Bought one...used usb to transfer music, video etc and now have it as part of the network for two desktops using NDAS through the router. So far very impressed! Lidl was like a mad house this morning... people wanting the mouse, mobile phones, 19" monitors...loads of people queuing up with nothing on the conveyor belt as what they wanted was 'out the back'
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