Seagate external HDs

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ian-frs, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. ian-frs macrumors 6502

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    I am looking at purchasing a Seagate external HD to back up all of my music and documents. The catch is I want to plug it into my airport extreme so that all of my computers can access it. 2 PC's and 1 Mac at the moment. Has anyone had any experience with this setup?.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    I don't like hooking up HDs to the Airport. It's USB and the Airport's tiny little brain doesn't have the horsepower to manage the USB bus at full speed, so performance s*cks.

    If your configuration will take it, I would shoot a little higher and get a hard drive that has a direct network connection built in (also called a NAS - Network Attached Storage) drive, and attach it by wired Ethernet.
     
  3. SMM macrumors 65816

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    Look for an Ethernet NAS appliance. I have 2 of the LaCie and they work great. Performance is strong. They are the size of a rack-mounted blade server, switch, etc. - not portable at all. I have seen smaller (and cheaper)ones.

    You CAN 'share' a volume in a peer-to-peer environment. That is cheaper and less efficient. It would be fine for a back-up target. However, that would make it attached to a computer on the network, not directly to the router. Not really what you are attempting to accomplish.

    If you do not care about 1000 Base-T, this is an option.

    This unit is 1000 Base-T.

    These are just example products. I am not recommending either one. A little searching will point you to the best technology/price for your particular situation.

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  4. ian-frs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the info. I think I am going to take a look into HD cases and plug in a regular HD to that. I just have to find a case with NAS now.
     

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