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Hello,

Does anyone have a preferred brand for network attached storage devices? I have a client that had an Iomega Storcenter 500 GB drive that has died after only about 16 months use. I need to replace it as it is her backup hard drive but she is shying away from Iomega and so am I.

Thanks for the help in advance,

Marcel
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What are the requirements for the NAS? price? RAID? drive support?

I know what I look for in a NAS but I can't narrow it down to your needs without a bit more info.
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As much as I would love to have a RAID solution, Im afraid the budget will not allow it. I am looking for an inexpensive hard drive solution for backup of a Windows XP machine.
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What price range is "inexpensive" to you? 50 bucks? 500? 1500?
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Also how much data is needing to be stored?
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The last one I got was a 500 MB Iomega StorCenter for $349 so around that price range would be great. As for the data, I use SyncBack software to backup the data and it deletes the oldest stuff when needed. The machine has a 160 GB drive and 3/4 of it is empty.  Its mostly Word documents and a Outlook files.
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The good news is you have plenty of options at that price range.  If you are backing up one machine you dont really need Pro grade high end stuff anyways

You can get a 1TB NAS for 170-250 bucks. Pick your brand.

LaCie, netgear, Maxtor and other reputable Hard drive makers have affordable solutions.
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Actually, that was what I as asking about.  "Does anyone have a preferred BRAND for network attached storage devices?"  

I know there are all kinds out there but it's the brand / model ie.. reliability that matter the most to me.  I think the 1 TB should be enough but what i am looking for is reliability of the brand.

Thanks.
Marcel
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LaCie is reliable and the first ones to have the high end gear so they have teh best track record. They typically use seagate internal drives. Maxtor is crap, same with netgear. Seagate has a good new thing the "free agent" that is supposed to be good, but at that point you would benefit more from LaCie's experience.

The main problem with LaCie is they know they have the most experience in their segment of the market and they are about 20% more expensive on average than the rest of the market. If you aren't too worried they are my favorite for any kind of non coporate external storage.
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Any updates on what you went with?
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I went with the LaCie and it seems to be working fine.

Thanks,
Marcel
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