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Setting up shared disk storage for all our home laptops

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 11:00 AM

Here is the scenario

My family (2 adults, 3 teens) all have laptops, and N-wireless set up in the house. My kids laptops are pretty full with music files etc... My wife is the photographer in the family and has started using a USB external drive to store photos.

What I am looking to set up is some sort of wireless-accessible disk storage system whereby each of us could have our own storage space, maybe have the kids shared their itunes libraries with each other if they want, and free up some of the space on their laptops.

Suggestions? Limited budget, would like to spend under $500 if possible.

Thanks for any help

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 11:00 AM

Something to consider besides wireless network attached storage
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Posted 09 July 2009 - 04:25 AM

free up some of the space on their laptops.

Please don't forget to keep your data in more than one place. Putting all your data on one drive is risky. Using RAID can help solve this problem; you can buy NAS RAID enclosures, whereby having two identical disks and if one fails simply buy another and the enclosure re-builds the disk, but these can be expensive. This method does not protect from accidentally deleting / modifying files. If theirlaptops are getting full, perhaps try cleaning old files and uninstalling old programs.

Edited by KarlH, 09 July 2009 - 04:26 AM.

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Just sold my best computer ever: MacBook witth Apple Mac OS X Leopard (same about the wireless issues).

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