Looking for some advice and guidance and experience from the kindly folks here. Just starting my research and figured BC is the best place to start.
Simple enough project and one I am pretty sure many folks will need to do at some point or already have.
I have 2 Seagate 500GB USB HDDs. They are currently connected to 1 of my wired PCs and fully shared. I want to find the best, cheapest and non-destructive way to connect these 2 drives as standard network devices so I don't have to have them connected to a PC. I basically want to convert these 2 drives into the poor man's NAS.
I am aware of several USB network appliances out there that have wildly varying reviews. Frankly, I am surprised that my searches so far have turned up only a few solutions - there are either not many of these types of devices out there [hard to believe] or I am not searching correctly [very possible].
I have done some reading about devices from Addonics, Hitachi Simple Net and Pogo. The Hitachi is actually almost exactly what I envisioned I would need, but I have come across several reviews that conclude that it is not quite ready for prime time use.
I have a ton of data, everything from mp3 to pics to videos and documents. My data, like yours, is very valuable. I will eventually invest in a full blown NAS device at some point, but right now seek a low cost alternative that is safe and does not require time consuming [and unnecessary, IMO] reformats and data copying.
Here are my requirements and relevant specs:
- a single device to support both existing USB HDDs; I have come across a Linksys or Belkin device which would work perfectly, but neither supports more than 1 USB HDD as far as I can tell;
- wireless not necessary, but a plus if possible;
- standard 10/100 transfer speeds adequate at a minimum;
- do not need empty NAS enclosures as the Seagates are self-contained;
- I am absolutely not interested in solutions which allow me to share my files on the web and require me to sign up for subscription services [so the Pogo may be out of contention right off the bat from what I understand]. My data is my own - why is it necessary to add a potential security hole/unwanted outside monitoring capability?
- absolutely must keep existing data, with no formats and conversions to other file systems [both drives are currently NTFS and must stay that way];
- full read/write capability once connected;
- ability to watch movies and listen to mp3s without hiccups.
That's basically it. Am I asking/expecting too much? Is there such a beast out there that meets all these criteria [which I feel are pretty standard]? I am not looking for any kind of RAID capability at this point.
I very much appreciate any advice/suggestions/experience/feedback you folks may have had.
Edited by lestatar, 05 January 2010 - 05:24 AM.