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    External HDD - multiple computers

    Is there a good external hard drive that can be connected to multiply pc's at once. Trying to smooth the problems in media studies and this seems to be a logical solution to space problems but would need a good HDD that can be connected to 2 pc's at once.

    Any suggestions?

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    I would have thought you would be looking at a Network capable one really. Might not be too bad if you can connect it to the same switch as the computers.

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    Yes, you're looking at a NAS. Something like a Buffalo Terastation would suit you fine.

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    Have a look at "the Drobo" or Buffalo TeraStation. 1TB model for around £329.

    NAS would be a better solution that trying to link something via USB to the machines.

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    Yeah i did think that but i know the issue we're having with transfering data over the network at the moment. Guess if it's plugged into the switch in the same room shouldn't be too much of a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.81 View Post
    Trying to smooth the problems in media studies and this seems to be a logical solution to space problems but would need a good HDD that can be connected to 2 pc's at once. Any suggestions?
    If it's literally just two PCs you're trying to solve a problem for, you could always put a second (gigabit) ethernet card in each of them (£10 each?) and link them directly together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_K_81 View Post
    Have a look at "the Drobo" or Buffalo TeraStation. 1TB model for around £329.
    You either need to do what David mentioned above or get a NAS of some sort. However, don't get a Drobo. It's VERY slow (since it's USB) so would be terrible for media studies.

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/05/drobo-review/
    http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/14/d...s-mini-review/
    http://www.asitis.org/drobo-review
    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/data_robotics_drobo
    http://www.jpgmag.com/stories/1100
    http://www.networkingaudiovideo.com/...home_nas_s.php
    Last edited by Arthur; 18th April 2008 at 02:05 AM.

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    We had a Buffalo Terrastation in use for backing up overnight but found it couldn't handle the throughput, should be ok for media use though.

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    We have three Terrastation's here for overnight/weekly/termly backups. No probs so far

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    Think i'll look at getting a 500G buffalo and put a decent gig switch in the room connect them all together and see how it goes. I had thought of the extra NIC but they are due a 3rd pc soon so would be very short term measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Thats one of the things that put me off it. There is, however, a network interface for it ( Data Robotics, Inc. | DroboShare ) and whilst it wouldnt really cope for an entire site, the load put on it by 2 PC's shouldnt be that great. My first choice though, would be a terastation, and as dhicks said you could put a second nic in each computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.81 View Post
    I had thought of the extra NIC but they are due a 3rd pc soon so would be very short term measure.
    Unless you used each PC as part of a distributed file system. I'm really going to have to look in to this properly...

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