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    Question Best prices NAS

    I need to purchase two NAS drives, 250GB each

    One will be used to backup customer Artwork etc... & the other one will be used to backup the NAS in use.

    Can anyone recommend a NAS that has the ability to backup or automatically copy the other NAS?

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    I went with one of these: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=273369

    And then got 2 24/7 usage 250Gb Hard Drives for about £80 each.

    It supports mirroring, and 2 drives so you can have 1 drive as storage and the other drive will mirror it for protection.

    Its actually a SAN, but it does the same thing and is alot cheaper than a NAS. So in total it will cost about £240, and then you can always buy more to expand your capacity later if needed.

    Just so you know, I have been using one for about 6 months now with no problem. Although I have filled 80% of my 500Mb capacity. You should know that you need a router with DHCP for it to work though.

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    Might not be a problem for you manman, but the netgear needs software installed on the PC and is windows only. Everyone is different, but that rulled it out for me when i was looking.

    Think i've decided to build a server instead now...

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    aye the netgear software is an issue as it will be used in a mac environment.

    I think the synology boxes do it, but im looking into it..

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    I've used the Buffalo ones and ther great. Does exactly what you want.

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    We have stopped using Buffalo ones due to their poor mac support and we have had several failures in the last six months.

    Infact a lot of UK computer sites have stopped selling them all together....

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    If i had the choice I probably wouldnt of used the Netgear ones, giood idea bad implementation.

    The network performace is crap to say the least, I use mine for a divx storage box and when copying things to a from the box its damned slow.

    Also when watching things the drives seem to goto sleep for about 10 seconds, video stops, sound stops, sound starts again and then the video catches up..

    Would be nicer if they were faster and didnt have that pause but unless your just using them to store small files then there pretty crap imho...

    What would make it great would be fix those 2 issues, give them a web interface where say u log into the interface and it installs a small peice of software that maps the drives that way and have it so they understand NTFS, that way you can just drop drives sraight into it instead of having to find enough space to store the data that was on them and then copy it back to the drive once the device has formatted it, not a problem if your using it from scratch but the 2x250Gb drives I have in mine were nigh on full to start with, i then had to back that up to other machines on my network and then copy it back to the sloooow SC101 it took ages, would of been so much sweeter to atke the drives out of my machine and then put them in the SC101 without all the faffing...

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    Have you looked at the maxtor ones? from what i can tell these should do what you are after.

    Or, if it is in a corporate environment i'd be tempted to push the boat out and go for an Infrant ReadyNAS NV. Expandible over time up to 4 drives (expands/addapts the RAID as you add drives) and you can setup scheduled backups to other network spaces or USB external drives.

    Might be a little expensive, but it depends on what you are looking for. Personally if it was commercial stuff, i'd be looking at spending a bit more to get the support and any RAID features i could.

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    What's your budget? I'd recommend a Thecus YESBox, and two hard drives of your choice (WD or Seagate!). The Thecus ahs built-in RAID-1 for backup, and a host of features like FTP and a built-in iTunes server. Reviews are pretty awesome but it is price...!

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