Wireless hard drives

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by faintedlife, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. faintedlife macrumors member

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    I'm looking into purchasing an external hard drive (or internal with enclosure); 200-300 GB. I'd prefer to keep costs down too, obviously. However, I am curious if there are any wireless hard drives available and any recommendations if so that could fit what I am looking for? I mainly want to be able to access it wirelessly (bluetooth/airport/whathaveyou) and transfer files without the needs of a USB/firewire cable. If it means a speed drop, that's fine (especially after the main majority of the files are already transferred and I'm just doing small transfers). Are there any models out there and what would be a few recommendations to follow?

    I'm currently using a Powerbook, fyi, though I'm switching to a Macbook Pro within a few months and due to transferring data from one to another, I'm seeking a hard drive to make the transition more smooth (and to be filled with music/photographs once that is done.)

    -John
     
  2. bill4588 macrumors 6502a

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  3. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    What you might be looking for is a SAN drive. You can share a drive over a WiFi network, and it'll be essentially a wireless external harddrive.
     
  4. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

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    I've never even heard of a SAN drive, is there a page somwhere with info on them?

    Edit: Did you mean just your regular network drive enabled on a wireless network? That makes sense.. :eek:
     
  5. ScubaDuc macrumors 6502

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    I seem to recall ASUS makes wi-fi enclosures for 2.5" laptop drives
     
  6. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    Here's an idea.

    If you have some kind of wireless router, get a hard drive that has an ethernet port and plug the drive into the router.

    Instant access. ;)
     
  7. tekmoe macrumors 68000

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    finally, someone asks about a wireless hard drive. i thought of this about 2 1/2 years ago. did a lot of research. i then decided to see if the idea was already patented. sadly, it was.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I'm sure once Wireless USB makes itself available we'll start seeing some good, wireless hard drives.

    Right now, any network drive over WiFi would probably be too slow unless you used 802.11n
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    Or if you already have a USB2 external HDD, use something like the Linksys NSLU2 to attach it to your network. With the appropriate third party firmware you can even have the NSLU2 act as an iTunes server, without the limitations imposed by iTunes software...

    B
     
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