NAS recommendations for a small business

Posted on 2007-10-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I am looking for recommendations for network storage solutions for a small business that just runs 4 standalone XP PCs. The users do not hot desk and each have their own username and passwords for their own PC. The criteria are:-

Ethernet connection.
250Gb minimum Raid 1.
Security to prevent other users from connecting to network and accessing files.
Allow transparent acces to the 4 users after logging into their Windows XP PCs.
Not Rack mounted
Less than £750 nett.

Can I have some suggestions?

Question by:cescentman
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    if it is simply for 4 pc's i would purchase a NAS HDD Enclosure Box from

    and purchase an IDE Hard Disk Drive of up to 500GB and install it. Alternatively you could spend a bit more on that website and get a 250GB HDD installed.

    The Enclosure simply plugs into a spare port on the network switch.

    hope this helps
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    Thanks for the suggestion but form what I can see there isn't a RAID 1 option.
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    If you can find a source for it where you are, the Buffalo Terastation is a good option:  You can configure it for RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-10 or RAID-5, the drives are hot-swappable  and it comes with gigabit and a domain controller.  More details here:
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    Thanks for taking the time to suggest these.

    I had looked at them and they look good but I can see no reference to access control other than the reference to using AD which of course won't be available in this case. Do you have personal experience of these devices, is there some sort of access control?
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    I don't have personal experience with these devices.  From what I've read, you control access with user and group permissions:
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    You might want to take a look at Tom's reviews of various NAS units.  The reviews are not really in depth but most of them do show things like user administration/share setups with interface screen shots to give you an idea of what the unit offers.

    TeraStation II Pro,

    The whole list of reviewed units,,com_nas/Itemid,190/

    I would suggest if possible to download a full user manual for any unit before parting with your money.  It is important to understand any limitations a unit may have.

    Some possible suggestions would be units from Thecus,  Synology and Buffalo.

    Personally I would lean toward using a workstation with a raid drive array for such a small setup.  Probably cost less than a decent performing NAS unit and be a lot more flexible.
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    Thanks for the information I am sure I shall be able to make a choice now.

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