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Hi, I recently moved to a desktop replacement Laptop and have been trying to find solutions for various problems that are popping up as a result.  This question pertains to harddrives.  My old PC held approx. 1 Terabyte of storage through four harddrives.  I am looking for a standalone mini server/snapddrive that will hold all four harddrives and allow me to access them wirelessly.  I'm sure a device for this purpose exists, but I must not be using the correct terminology in my searches, because I have not found anything remotely close to it.  Can you help?    
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by:simsjrg
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What you are looking for is a wireless NAS. I have yet to see anything really solid is regards to such a device. You best bet would be to build a budget pc and throw a wireless card in it. I might add that the speeds may be painfully slow at times so a wired device may be a better idea. I will look around and see what I can come up with for you.
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by:johnkirin
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So you are saying I may be better off just keeping the computer and using it as a server?  
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by:starstruckgeezer
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   You could keep that machine and use it as a server which would give you better options as raid array could be set up so you didn't loose data if drive fails.

there is wireless routers out there with usb ports on to connect usb drive enclosures, netgear and d-link do them i think.

if you already have a wireless router it may have a ethernet port on in which case you could connect 4 NAS drive enclosers to switch then to wireless router.

as you already have a system that you could use with a wireless card/adapter it would make sense to use that as simsjrg noted.

depends on much you will be accessing data as i would just use a usb drive enclosure to access each drive as and when needed but i do have a server for files myself with around the same storage but use a wired network at home as steam music and videos from the sever and as simsjrg stated the speed is slow to say the least on wireless access.

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by:knoxzoo
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Are these PATA drives?  SATA?  SCSI?  
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by:johnkirin
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Standard EIDE
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by:knoxzoo
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I know it's not exactly what you want, but you could get something like the Buffalo TeraStation NAS, (perhaps a used one with no drives on ebay?) and attach it to your wireless router/access point/DSL modem.  It's a network appliance, so it shouldn't be too hard to get going.
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It really depends on what you want to spend.  Even the lowest price NAS units are going to look fairly expensive compared to re-using your old system.

You can download FreeNAS and install it on a boot disk and have your old system configured as a NAS which can be completely controlled through a web browser interface in no time at all.  FreeNAS even does software RAID.

http://www.freenas.org/

Combined with a wireless router and you have a wireless NAS  for very low cost.

If you do a search around for an actual wireless NAS device even close to the capacity you want its going to cost an awful lot more than re-using hardware.  Right now most NAS products with the wireless built in seem to be a premium price.  Even if you can re-use existing hard drives the NAS appliace is still looking very expensive.  

Another easy NAS software alternative - NASlite,
http://www.serverelements.com/naslite.php


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by:johnkirin
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Kodee, FreeNAS sounds great.  I will go with that.
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