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17th April 2008, 04:25 PM #1
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.
17th April 2008, 04:27 PM #2
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.
17th April 2008, 04:31 PM #3
Yes, you're looking at a NAS. Something like a Buffalo Terastation would suit you fine.
17th April 2008, 04:33 PM #4
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.
17th April 2008, 04:37 PM #5
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.
17th April 2008, 05:32 PM #6
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.
Originally Posted by dave.81
18th April 2008, 02:00 AM #7
Last edited by Arthur; 18th April 2008 at 02:05 AM.
18th April 2008, 09:04 AM #8
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.
18th April 2008, 09:21 AM #9
We have three Terrastation's here for overnight/weekly/termly backups. No probs so far
18th April 2008, 10:02 AM #10
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.
18th April 2008, 10:08 AM #11
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.
Originally Posted by Arthur
18th April 2008, 02:27 PM #12
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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