My technical/networking skills are limited, but I need to install network storage at my client’s site that is fail proof. At their location there is no server, just 5 peer to peer computers (4 desktops, 1 laptop), router and modem.
I was thinking about adding the following hard drive bay http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/seagate-seagate-blackarmor-storage-server-nas-400-star401/10174035.aspx
with 2 to 4 of http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/western-digital-western-digital-2tb-3-5-desktop-internal-hard-drive-wd20ears-wd20ears/10150539.aspx
is this are good combination for what I am trying to do?
What the bay scares me is the mention of active directory (?) and why does it say up to 50 workstations? I thought that I would just plug in the bay to the router and done. As well, am I understanding correctly if, one of the hard drives goes bad, everything will keep working and I can just take out the bad hard drive and replace it without any interruption or downtime, even with Access database residing there (the back end)? How will I know when a hard drive goes bad, and would I need to install the software on each computer, which I also don’t understand for the same reason that I thought this was going directly through the router.
For example at home, I have http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/western-digital-western-digital-my-book-world-edition-ll-2tb-3-5-external-hard-drive-wdh2nc20000n/10137885.aspx
and while it does have software included for every desktop, I have not installed because I can access by going to \\mybookworld and mapping my drives from there, so I thought that the bay would work the same way. If it does, this is the reason for my question above.