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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted March 13, 2005 21:43      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I need to get another hard drive to store my iTunes and iPhoto libraries on. I was thinking about getting an internal ATA or SATA drive (either would require the addition of another PCI host card as I already have 2 internal drives in my G4). But now I am thinking about an ethernet based network drive such as this one from SimpleTech. Going with a network drive my Wife could access our music and photos without having to connect to my Mac or worry if it is off or in sleep mode (when we forget to disconnect from each others Mac it can lock us up if one is in sleep mode).

Any experience with network drives on a small home network?

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Icon 1 posted March 13, 2005 23:19      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Haven't actually used one myself but I thought this dlink wireless router looked interesting.

Basically it's a wireless router with 2 USB ports which you can attach USB drives to, and share them on the network.

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The buffalo range is pretty good, not sure of the end result, maybe reading some reviews first would be good, but i am looking at getting one for my next storage media. Here is a 300gb version, amazon reviews say its "silent":

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/product-detail.php?productid=86&categoryid=16

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<linux-zealot>
just get a normal cheap linux box, throw some drives in it, and make them nfs accessible. Or samba if you wish. [Smile]

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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted March 14, 2005 08:34      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I do not want another computer in my office, nor do I want to learn another OS just to store files. I just want a simple plug and play solution. I did think about Mac mini briefly but I need at minium 160 gigs of storage and I want to keep it under $300.
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Actually, you can probably find a cd based distro out there that will walk you through it like a chimp pretty easily, so the learning curve wouldn't be a concern.

As for cost, you can probably pick up a P2-300 for like.. $30 somewhere, it will do what you need just fine. Then, buy a 160GB drive, and give 'er.

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Bibo________I was at Wal-mart and found a drive box in their computer supply area. Basicly it is a power supply and an USB 1-2 interface that allows you to mount a IDE/ATA internal drive in the box and use it as a portable drive, I put and old 80Giger in the one I bought, the iMac and the wifes PC both recoginise it now I have to get this old SuperMac to recognise the USB port I installed.

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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted March 14, 2005 10:03      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
MoMan, but that requires a host computer that must be running at all times.
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GameMaster
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Actually, if I was thinking about getting an exernal network drive, and was going to pay a bunch for it... I'd just make a mini-itx TV top box running knoppmyth (free -- though mythtv is a bit hard to set up... but once it's up it's a pretty menu system for a FreeVo) or a (ick ick ick) MS box. And then set up a NFS (knoppmyth) or samba (MS or knoppmyth) share so that you have access to the shows and your music files from all three computers (read: mp3s in the living room and TV in the computer room).

itx computers suck less juice than full computers, using TV-S out you won't need a monitor for it, and it solves both the problem you were out to solve plus gives you added benifits of a TiVo.

Just a thought.

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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted March 14, 2005 23:03      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by GameMaster:
Actually, if I was thinking about getting an exernal network drive, and was going to pay a bunch for it... I'd just make a mini-itx TV top box running knoppmyth (free -- though mythtv is a bit hard to set up... but once it's up it's a pretty menu system for a FreeVo) or a (ick ick ick) MS box. And then set up a NFS (knoppmyth) or samba (MS or knoppmyth) share so that you have access to the shows and your music files from all three computers (read: mp3s in the living room and TV in the computer room).

itx computers suck less juice than full computers, using TV-S out you won't need a monitor for it, and it solves both the problem you were out to solve plus gives you added benifits of a TiVo.

Just a thought.

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