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Gigabit Networked Hard Drive / NAS Box

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Found 26th Apr 2007
I currently have a Network attached hard disk which I use for backing up my photo's and other important stuff from my family's pc's.

The problem is that as my photo collection grows it takes longer and longer to backup.

I think it's because the drive only has a 10/100 Mbps ethernet port, because when I use the USB connection it's a lot faster.

My home network runs on a Gigabit switch so I'm looking for a Networked Hard Drive that has a built-in Gigabit ethernet port.

I'd prefer one that is IDE and let's you fit your own hard disk, but I'm open. The only one I've found so far is this for £107. dabs.com/pro…FPBdabs.com/pro…FPB

But I don't think I'd be able to fit my own drive.

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Original Poster

Although at eBuyer it's a tenner less with google checkout. But I'd still prefer to be able to use my current 400GB HD.

Any good for you?

Original Poster

That's a quality spot. Thank you. I've never heard of oyyy.co.uk before though. Are they reputable?

I never bought anything from them, but they seem to be around for a while. ]Here you can find store reviews.

But if you don't like Oyyy and can live with 320GB (I can't :)) then Amazon is selling WD World Edition 320GB NAS for 115 quid.

Original Poster

Bigger is better. Ideally I want to be able to use my existing 400GB HDD but If there are no decent deals on just a Gigabit Enclosure this WD one is on to a winner.

Gazbert

I currently have a Network attached hard disk which I use for backing up … I currently have a Network attached hard disk which I use for backing up my photo's and other important stuff from my family's pc's.The problem is that as my photo collection grows it takes longer and longer to backup.



Hi Gazbert. You could try setting your backup software to just do incremental backups so that only the data that has been added or changed since the last backup is backed up. Regular full backups are usually only done for database snapshot/archiving purposes so maybe you could save yourself the bother of upgrading. Hope this info helps and sorry if it doesn't :roll:

Original Poster

I like to do a monthly full data backup followed by a weekly differential. The monthly ones are taking 18 hours at the moment, which is only going to get worse. I also used to take a full system image once a month as I've had issues with System Restore before, but that is impossible at the current throughput.

I work in IT and I've seen the damage caused by only having one dodgy backup, so I prefer to have multiple potential restore points.

Gazbert

I like to do a monthly full data backup followed by a weekly … I like to do a monthly full data backup followed by a weekly differential. The monthly ones are taking 18 hours at the moment, which is only going to get worse. I also used to take a full system image once a month as I've had issues with System Restore before, but that is impossible at the current throughput.I work in IT and I've seen the damage caused by only having one dodgy backup, so I prefer to have multiple potential restore points.


Seems a bit over the top to me... I don't see the point in doing anything but incremental backups for home PC's. If it's for a business then fair enough. Having said that the Buffalo NAS drives get very good reviews, and that is what I would buy if I had to. They have a gigabit interface, and do a version that does the media server bit for you too if that's useful. I have just bought a Thecus N1200, and am pleased with it - but it's more money than a Buffalo drive.... although it does a lot more too. Good free software for doing backups is Syncback - superb :thumbsup: I don't suppose you need that though... ;-)

Gazbert

I like to do a monthly full data backup followed by a weekly … I like to do a monthly full data backup followed by a weekly differential. The monthly ones are taking 18 hours at the moment, which is only going to get worse. I also used to take a full system image once a month as I've had issues with System Restore before, but that is impossible at the current throughput.I work in IT and I've seen the damage caused by only having one dodgy backup, so I prefer to have multiple potential restore points.



Sorry Gazbert, didn't realize you were even nerdier than me :giggle: :giggle:

Original Poster

Thanks.

Love your name incidentally.

Original Poster

Koma Toes

Seems a bit over the top to me...


I'm an over the top kinda guy.

Original Poster

After a bit of digging I've just found it on Amazon for £119.99 with free delivery. Even better.

]HERE

Looks like they dropped the price! It was 140 quid last time I checked. And they also lowered price of Terabyte one.
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