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Old 05 December 2014, 20:53   #1
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Advice on connection a portable hdd to...

...home network please.

Is it best to buy a new router with usb3 or are there better and cheaper alternatives?
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Depends what you are backing up too and how many gigs/tb. Do you want something that automatically backs up? Or are you just looking to manually do it? Once everything is uploaded to the drive changes are generally pretty small, even if you are a photographer. The big one is video and they say everyone will want a few tb's in a couple of years. We're you looking for a mirrored drive like Raid 1?

Synology builds quality stuff that works for $$$.

The bottle neck of usb 2 might be pretty minor if it is on a wireless connection. There are a lot of variables. Best bet is to hook it up and see what kind of upload download speeds you get.
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Netgear Ready NAS Duo

Netgear ReadyNAS 102 2 Bay Network Attached Storage (No Disk): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

I would suggest 2 x Hard Drives - Mirroring but back up NAS too, with external or second Unit.

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Netgear Ready NAS Duo

Netgear ReadyNAS 102 2 Bay Network Attached Storage (No Disk): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

I would suggest 2 x Hard Drives - Mirroring but back up NAS too, with external or second Unit.

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Yep agreed, I have a Dlink twin 2TB NAS. Its got an itunes library built in and has been sat under my wifes desk running for three years without a problem. If one of the disks fails it sends me an email to warn me so I can replace the drive. Marvellous bit of kit.
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Had one of these for a couple of months now, 3tb mirrored drive, remote access, iOs & Android app, media streaming, USB/Ethernet yada yada..... Does what it says on the tin, fit & forget.
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Vote for Synology. I have 2 ds411 slim and forgot about them ... very small. Min are in storeroom. Connected by Ethernet cable to WiFi/DSL router.


In fact that they are connected to router - accessible from any device at home (TV, laptop, smartphone). You can make private "cloud" and use it

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Just some info for you. Western Digital Red Drives are awesome! They are one of the most stable, reliable drives out there. When mirrored what was a 4tb drive is actually a 2tb drive. They use two 2tb drives to create the 4tb. So when you mirror them you only get 2tb of data storage.
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Thanks for your suggestions guys. Lovely bits of kit you've suggested, I probably didn't explain myself properly but I already have a portable 2tb WD drive I am using that I'd like integrating in to the network.

At the moment we just plug my portable in to whatever device we want to use it on. It's primarily for storing films, video, pictures and music on.

Now the family are using it more and more, no more than one person can use it at any one time. This is where I'm at now.

So the time has come to find a better (cost effective) solution that enables multiple access from one location whilst still using my portable.
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Strikes me this has Raspi and samba written all over it..
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