OSX & PC Friendly NAS

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by La Curandera, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. La Curandera macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2007

    I've been a lurker, and have recently bought a 24" Alu iMac and am very happy with it. However, I'm now trying to sort out the rest of the storage and stuff around my home "network" so I can keep things a little more organised.

    Here's what I have:

    iMac (currently 10.4.10 if that matters) 320 Gb, MyBook Pro on Firewire 800
    Freecom media server 320gb (software not Mac compatable AFAIK, so have to connect via Laptop, or USB as FAT32)
    2 x XP laptops (Sony Vaio and an Acer if it matters)

    Netgear 834N router in the middle of it all.

    Here's what I want to achieve:

    I want a NAS to sit next to the Netgear, in a cupboard in the lounge (so must be relatively quiet) to be accessed as a network drive by laptops and iMac alike. I have (briefly) tried to understand the implications of the various formats, but one point of note is that this iMac is my first Mac, so all my data is in XP naming conventions (as in characters allowed etc) if that matters.

    I'd like to have the NAS as a dumping ground, so all the media that's on the Freecom and iMac will effectively be mirroed on it and simply acts as a reference drive. I'd like to be able to use a laptop to transfer files from the NAS to the Freecom across a HomePlug network as an XP machine should be able to see both as drives.

    I am worried about:

    Noise - as close to silent as possible
    Compatability - I want minimum fuss
    Price - within reason :)

    I'm not fussed about:

    Raid/reliability - it's a dumping ground, everything I actually care about is backed up elsewhere so doesn't need to be over engineered, an enclosure and cheap drive better for me than an office system
    Speeds - I don't stream anything, and don't care about top speeds, it'll be done overnight if it's gonna take too long: noise and compatibility is paramount.

    So, can you guys offer any help or reccomendations please :) ?
  2. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Not a recommendation specific to your question, but a consideration: If all those wonderful toys are going to reside in a cupboard, PLEASE ensure sufficient (and maybe forced) ventilation! Last thing we need is a thread titled, "OMG! Network Appliances Fried! Help!!!" :p
  3. La Curandera thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2007

    Good point.

    I should say the iMac is upstairs on a homeplug network (too much wireless interference around here) with only the netgear and the NAS to be in a cupboard!

    I might blow on it every now and again though ;)
  4. La Curandera thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2007
  5. doobi18 macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    you dont need to "hack" anything. an HDD is an HDD. macs will read any HDD they are connected to.

    as for your networking needs, the HDD, once again, only provides the storage, not networking features - that relys on your router. im not sure if your netgear does that - if it does, great, if not then i suggest getting an airport extreme and it will handle everything you need

    hope that helps


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