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Network drive for home use

Posted 15 April 2015 - 10:00 AM

I'm thinking of adding a network drive so my wife and I can back up to the same system/share files, etc., and not need to manually plug into an external. Something in the 2-4 TB range should be good. I'd like to hear what others are using these days and what they think of what's available now.
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Re: Network drive for home use

Posted 15 April 2015 - 10:07 AM

A NAS? I've heard nice things about Buffalo, and the western digital 'my cloud' gets good reviews. A while back I did something similar to this, and built a NAS from old parts. It worked well until dismantled it for other needs.
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Re: Network drive for home use

Posted 15 April 2015 - 10:14 AM

Thanks. I've been looking at the 'my cloud' and wondering if anyone here's using them.
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Re: Network drive for home use

Posted 15 April 2015 - 10:31 AM

We have been looking into this as well. We currently have a western digital "My Cloud" in the house, but it is only so useful. You still have all the storage in-house, which doesn't help much when you consider that a fire would wipe it all out anyway.

What we are heading towards is using Crash Plan (it is a company, and a product, that backs up your devices either to an in-house server, or to an external server (owned by them) and encrypts all of the data regardless of where it is being stored) along with an in-house server. So we back up all of our machines to the in-house server, then back that in-house server up to their servers (that way we are only paying for 1 system to be backed up to their servers instead of all of ours). At the moment we have a single 4TB drive for the in-house server. But eventually the plan is to get a system set up with RAID5 (or 6) and have that be the in-house server.
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Re: Network drive for home use

Posted 15 April 2015 - 02:28 PM

A My Cloud is on order! Now I need to convince my wife I'm not buying too much computer gear. That's going to be difficult since I'm already planning on a new MBP in June. :o
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Re: Network drive for home use

Posted 15 April 2015 - 02:32 PM

Present a worse alternative to make her feel happy about this one.

"See honey! It could have looked like this, but instead I was able to find something that met our needs *AND* doesn't look like a tangle of dingle berries!".
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Re: Network drive for home use

Posted 23 April 2015 - 06:50 AM

Sooooooooo? Did you get it? Is it up and running?!
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Re: Network drive for home use

Posted 23 April 2015 - 07:02 AM

Yes. It's working, but I had to use 'normal' backups with Time Machine where I wanted to make them encrypted. It's got a weird authentication system that I've got to read more about. Apparently, there's somewhere that I can set up a password for that.

It took about 4 hours to backup 60GB on the first run. I suppose that's good. Later backups have been smooth and almost unnoticed, except for the fan kicking on occasionally!
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Re: Network drive for home use

Posted 23 April 2015 - 07:21 AM

Cool!

What sort of sticker theme did you go for it? ;)

http://realgeek.com/...ticker-nerd.jpg
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Posted 23 April 2015 - 07:47 AM

Ha! It's hidden behind the TV in the living room (near the cable modem). It needs to blend in if/when seen, so no stickers allowed. I've got to tread lightly when spending money on stuff the wife doesn't really want. ;)

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Re: Network drive for home use

Posted 23 April 2015 - 02:35 PM

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It needs to blend in if/when seen


The curse of the married electronics guy!

"We need to hide all the wires!!!"
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