I've read through what I can find regarding network storage and it seems instead of NTFS I'd be better off using XMS(?) as I need to store a number of files larger than 4GB.
Does anyone know of a reliable, but value for money (NOT cheapo), NAS box i.e. an empty storage solution? I'm not interested in wireless as it's far too slow. Just a simple NAS box that could, ideally, take say three disks.
Akasa do a NAS storage box which accepts a standard IDE drive and makes it network aware. It is called the Akasa Integral, and mine box has USB2 and RJ45 connections on the back. Mine came without a drive installed.
The drive uses security keys to ensure that only authorised users can access the data, and when installed it appears as a new drive letter.
The Akasa I use supports IDE not SATA, but to be honest it doesn't matter much because you only have the options of connecting via USB2 or ethernet - and neither will transfer data at native ATA or SATA speeds.
In use I have found it fine, including streaming video, but for backing up large volumes I disconnect the RJ45 and plug in the USB2 instead because it's faster. (Don't connect both at the same time).
Akasa do loads of other drive enclodures for IDE and SATA, but most are not for NAS.
If you are looking for gigabit, it's not just the pc but any other devices in the chain (network switch etc) which need to support it.
If what you really want is pure speed for backups etc and you think USB2 is too slow, forget NAS and go for en E-SATA drive. However this will mean it can only be accessed by one computer at a time, unless you share it across a network.
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