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Calling for Business Owners: Best Solution for Networking Data Backup

Updated on April 4, 2013

Unlike normal external hard drive that you use at home for extra or backup storage purposes, a network external hard drive on the other hand is an even more complicated device. It is normally use in office for centralized data storing purposes where it could be either accessed via cable or wireless.

There are also some people who prefer such device in their home to manage all their data files in one place. It can be used to centralize digital media from all your computers into one vast media library so that anyone can enjoy your collection from just anywhere in your home.

Getting a network external hard drive is not as simple as buying an portable or desktop external hard drive. Depending on the feature and complexity of the system, the cost for a setup range from hundred plus to thousands of dollars. For home user, the cheaper solution is quite enough for the purpose unless, it is set up for heavy usage purpose.

Anyway, home users prefers the cheaper ones which cost around hundred plus of dollars. Some bestsellers of this range include Western Digital My Book World Edition 1 TB Network Attached Storage, Iomega Home Media 1 TB Network Attached Storage 34337, Buffalo Technology LinkStation Duo 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) Network Attached Storage and D-Link 2-Bay Network Attached Storage DNS-321.

Network External Hard Drive
Network External Hard Drive

Network External Hard Disk

For office use or for a greater capacity and feature home use, the WD ShareSpace is recommended. This device is far more powerful than the ones mentioned before and it is designed to cater for heavy use environment. Western Digital (WD) is one of the most trusted brands in the data storage solution industry and without a doubt, you can rely on every product that it produces.

One of the best seller of WD in this range is the Western Digital ShareSpace 8 TB 4-bay Network Attached Storage Gigabit Ethernet. This is a more advanced device system compares to other office and home data centralized solutions. WD has designed this system device with a lot of added advanced features that the normal types solution lack and for that, it quite costly consider that it comes with a price tag of US$1,250. Normally home users won't need it unless you are going to make it a big and powerful one at your home.

WD Network External Hard Drive

This high-speed network-attached Western Digital External Hard Drive system is equipped a with storage capacity that support up to 8TB while having a space-saving footprint size that gives you all the benefits of a big time data center without the need for a big time IT department. It is extremely perfect for centralizing and sharing data and multimedia files on a small office and home network (recommended for high budget user).

Western Digital External Hard Drive Key Features:

It offers multiple RAID configurations so that data protection and speed could be achieved. It also provides transfer rates up to 1000 Mbit/s when used in a GigE network. Gigabit networking and transfer rates are 5 to 6 times faster than any other network storage systems; this performance is comparable to USD 2.0 direct attached storage (the kind or normal external hard drives that you plug in to your computers).

Although this is a complicated system but the setup is relatively easy; it has an intuitive set-up wizard and easy-to-use discovery tool to assist you during the setup.

Besides, this network attached storage is equipped with an e-mail alert system that monitors the drive and system health so that it can notify you with an e-mail if a problem is detected.

With this system, you can stream digital media to just anywhere in your home. It has built-in media server that specially designed for streaming music, photo and movies to any DLNA certified multimedia device such as Playstation 3, Xbox 360, wireless digital picture frames and connected audio receivers.

Additionally, it also have itunes server support so that you can now centralize your music collection and stream to a Mac or Windows PC using the iTunes software which could be downloaded free on the internet. With all the features mentioned, you can now centralize your media from all your computers into one vast media library; so access could be made easy from anywhere in your home or office.

This Western Digital ShareSpace 4-bay NAS is indeed a good buy and if you have the budget, go for it.

How To Setup External Hard Drive On A Network

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