External HDD + AEBS or NAS?

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  1. cosmichobo macrumors 6502

    cosmichobo

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    G'day,

    Looking for more network storage... Was just going to grab a 3TB WD USB drive, which I'd seen for about $140... but they're all gone... Instead noticed they had a 4TB WD NAS system for $350...

    Lot more money... for only 1TB... but ethernet instead of USB2...

    (No USB3 in my house as yet)

    So - will I notice a difference between a USB drive and a ethernet drive?

    Thanks,

    cosmic
     
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    You may only notice a difference when moving massive amount of data from one drive to another, say more than 500GB.

    Typically a NAS product will provide much better data throughput vs a AEBS+drive. Dunno about the WD product, however.
     
  3. cosmichobo thread starter macrumors 6502

    cosmichobo

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    The one in question has been marked down around $150... I think it's been replaced by WD's "Cloud" model?

    Think I'll just go the cheaper option and get the external drive and hook it to the AEBS...
     
  4. cube macrumors G5

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    I know that my AEBS "Simultaneous Dual Band" sucks for this, with the disk disconnecting many times and getting corrupted.

    I tried it with 2 different enclosures.

    And a few different AEBS firmwares.

    And even got the AEBS "repaired" to no avail.

    It is also really slow at this, even on ethernet, not worth it.
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The newer ones are much faster and more reliable.
     
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

    Boyd01

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    A USB drive connected to an Airport Extreme base station will be very slow, only about half the speed of USB 2.0 drive connected directly to your computer. See this: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1747622
     
  7. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    yeah you're better off getting a NAS box. AEBS/TC + USB HD = slow
     
  8. cosmichobo thread starter macrumors 6502

    cosmichobo

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    Picked up a 4TB WD "cloud"... instead of the "4TB" raid duo... $313 at JB.

    Hopefully will help with my data speeds for my HTPC...
     

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