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yello_ubu
November 15th, 2008, 12:05 PM
Can anyone recommend an external disk drive for my network?

I have 3 laptops (all Ubuntu 8.04) on a (wireless) Netgear router. I will wire the disk drive to the router (so NAS??) and want it accessible to all. It's only intended for centralised storage, sharing and backups - nothing fancy like 'multi-media' or printer support required.

I've done some research, and some options (particularly Iomega's network drive) appear troublesome to configure for even experienced heads, so what I'm looking for is a product that someone can say 'been there, done that' to! Or is that too optimistic and naive!!

Peter09
November 15th, 2008, 12:33 PM
I use the Buffallo LinkStation Drives which I have had no trouble with. The only worry I have with them is the difficulty in replacing the drive itself. If that goes then its an arduous task to replace the on-board O/S on the new drive. (Replacing the Raw drive is not a problem).

I would, myself, look for drive enclosures where the drive comes as a separate thing. The On-Board O/S being separate. (I've not investigated them so know little about them).

Other thoughts - there are some howto's in the forum about converting a Ubuntu Server (on an old PC) to a file server.

expatCM
November 15th, 2008, 05:12 PM
Perhaps overkill but you could build your own.

Details here
http://www.freenas.org/

and here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeNAS