April 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm #33620HoppusParticipant
i was watching some tech tv show, and they mentioned it. but i’m not sure how to find it, since i don’t recall the brand or what it was called.
basically it was like a router, that you could transfer files to. so a wireless harddrive.
i want one for all my media. anyone have any idea what i’m talking about?May 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm #177342DavidParticipant
Network Attached Storage (NAS)May 3, 2011 at 3:38 am #177341FanaticMemberJune 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm #177343YahooliganMember
My external Iomega 1TB drive died today with a “click, click, clicking” noise. Sadly, it’s got a ton of music and photos on it. Any suggestions for recovery?
As for a replacement, should I get another external drive attached directly to my computer, or a NAS?June 6, 2011 at 12:09 am #177340Jeff HesterKeymaster
I would recommend going with an external drive rather than a NAS for performance reasons. You can still share the drive across your network.
What you really need to think about is what you need or want to share. For me, it comes down to music, videos and photos. With iTunes I can share videos and music across any device on my network, including my Apple TV (connected to my home theater), my iPad and iPhone. iPhoto also let’s me share my photos.
I would recommend the WD My Book Studio II. It uses two drives, and you can configure it mirror the content, essentially providing a backup of your backup,
On the Mac, you should also take a look at Arq from Haystack Software. It will automatically backup your Mac to Amazon S3.June 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm #177344YahooliganMember
Arq looks interesting (Online Backup for Mac | Arq | Haystack Software) but it’s $29. They’ve got a 30-day trial so I’ll check it out and let you know what I think.
I did end up buying the My Book Studio II. I got the 2 TB version for $137 on Amazon. Setup was a breeze. It came with RAID 0 as the default, but I switched to RAID 1 (mirroring) for a little more security. It’s unlikely that both drives will fail at the same time.
I also took my broken drive in to a drive recovery service. They offer a free quote, and I’m supposed to hear back from them on Monday. Asking around, it seems like it’s going to be expensive… possibly as much as $2k to restore. YIKES! This guy said it’ll probably be at least $400 and quite possibly more. A buddy here are work suggested that the question he probably means to ask is “how much money do you have? that’s what it costs…”
Seriously, if you want or need the data recovered, you’re pretty much stuck.
Live and learn.
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