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    Maxtor MaxAttach 4000 NAS

    I've just bought one of the above, its currently configured as an 80gb drive using 2 x 40gb.

    Maxtor do a 320gb version of this, so is it going to be as simple as just taking out those two drives, and putting in 4 x 80gb to make it 320gb.

    I've looked all over their site, and cant find anything telling me of its possible to upgrade these.

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    Quite possibly, presuming the operating system is loaded from flash somewhere.

    However, I'm not at all sure, so don't go attacking it yet.

    Hmmm, well it looks like it should be quick possibly as it's just a 1U server basically. However Maxtor might have pulled a few tricks to make things difficult.
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    Well - ill assume the O/S is on a flash thing. You can get plug in NAS operating systems that are like little flash cards that plug into your mobos IDE port - instant NAS.

    I'm sure you could probably slap a couple of 250Ggiggers in there

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    Hmm they do 2 drive models and 4 drive models - 2 drive ones have 64mb ram 4 drive ones have 128mb - what ram has yours got? Im hoping that maxtor havent locked the 2 drive models to using 2 drives via software? I dont think they'd be that stupid to be honest - upgradability is one of the factors often banded about with NAS servers.

    Its nice tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz
    Hmm they do 2 drive models and 4 drive models - 2 drive ones have 64mb ram 4 drive ones have 128mb - what ram has yours got? Im hoping that maxtor havent locked the 2 drive models to using 2 drives via software? I dont think they'd be that stupid to be honest - upgradability is one of the factors often banded about with NAS servers.

    Its nice tho.

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    The question is: What's the extra RAM for?

    Presumably it will be for caching with larger storage space - I'm guessing they run Linux and I know that does it.
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    Hi, and thanks for all the replies! I've posted this message in many different forums and so far you are the only ones to help!

    Im not sure whether its the 2 or 4 drive model, i bought it from ebay on saturday, so i havent got it yet. This is all the details i have on it at the moment, Maxtor MaxAttach 4000

    I will email him now and ask, to see if he knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz
    Well - ill assume the O/S is on a flash thing. You can get plug in NAS operating systems that are like little flash cards that plug into your mobos IDE port - instant NAS.

    I'm sure you could probably slap a couple of 250Ggiggers in there

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    That's what im hoping with, i did look on their site and the biggest 4000 range they do, is 320. But i couldnt see any reason, like you say to not being able to stick either 2 or 4 (depending on the modl) 250gb drives in there. Guess it would also depend on whether the PSU would support the power needed for bigger drives?

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    Well it has dual PSU's - and there are no 10000rpm IDE drives (except one, but that was a flop,) so I'd say you're OK for power.
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    Looking ok for an upgrade then i hope....

    Only thing that would worry me, is i think it only does Raid 1.. stripping.

    So if i hammer it with 4 x 250 and then lose a drive, nearly 1 terrabte of whatever i have on there is gone.

    Worrying indeed!

    Cheapest one i could find tho, all the rest are so damn expensive

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    No mate, RAID 1 is mirroring, lol.
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    Shows what i know! lol

    It does Raid 1, which im sure i read somewhere is pretty much useless?

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    One more thing id like to ask...

    Can you buy like a mini rack to house it in? The smallest i've seen, is 9. That's a little too big for 1 NAS!

    Thought if i could get one with 2 or 3, it would be better than just resting it on a table or someting.

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    I've never seen a rack that's 2 or 3 in size.

    As for RAID1 - basically it makes a mirror of one disk onto another. If you have four drives in that NAS system, two of them will be mirrors of the other two. It means if a drive fails the system will carry on regardless, with no data loss. However there are no performance gains.
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    Ah, that's not too bad then....

    If i could put 4 x 250 in, it would be ok... Not to worried about the performance, only gonna be 2 people accessing it.

    I got an email from the guy who's selling it.

    Hi Scott

    It's got 2 x 40 gig drives in at the moment + when you take the top off there's space for a couple more. I remember seeing something on the maxtor site that you could get them up to 320 gig when new but that's about as far as I got, research wise.

    Len

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    And it doesn't prevent accidental deletion

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    Very true, but what pice of hardware can stop stupidity?

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