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Which Networked Ext. Drive?

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  • Started 6 years ago by Aleeve
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Aleeve
Aleeve
Posts: 2818

http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/pro.....=1012-8331
or
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/.....oduct.html

Why is the play.com one more expensive with less space?
Anything else between them?
Which would you guys get

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Please Note. (Taken from the Freecom site)
Can I format the Network Drive in NTFS ?
Answer :
The Freecom Network Hard Drive is prepared in FAT32 format. This format is necessary to use the Drive via LAN connection and to configure it over the Web menu. If you want to connect the drive via USB, you also can format the Drive in NTFS format. But be aware in that case you can`t use the drive via LAN anymore.

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Aleeve
Aleeve
Posts: 2818

Ohhh
SO would the play.com one be better?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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They are both Freecom!

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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oh yeah lol
so i wont go for the play.com?
will it being in fat32 rather than ntfs affect much?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Start > Help and Support

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Aleeve
Aleeve
Posts: 2818

Hmm
I think it should be ok in fat32
i knwo ntfs is better though
are there any for similar price in ntfs?

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jd2066
jd2066
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Some limitations of FAT32:
1. Each file can only be up to about 4GB in size which means if you have something like a 4.7GB DVD rip then you can't store it on the file system.
2. There is no security. Any user can access any file on the file system.

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Aleeve
Aleeve
Posts: 2818

hmmm ok
so does anybody know any similarly sized and priced ntfs network drives?

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jd2066
jd2066
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From a quick search online it seems that Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices supporting NTFS do not exist due to NTFS being a closed Microsoft product. So the NAS devices that usually run OSes like Linux cannot write to a drive with NTFS on it.
I suppose if you aren't using big files or need security then it isn't to big of a deal.

Edit: Looking around I think there is a little bit of security for accessing the drive the NAS provides.
So you can at least set a password to access it if you want.
Edit 2: It appears though that may not the case with the freecom model from what I can tell on their forum.

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Ok
Hmm, is there anyway other than that to have data on one hard drive for two computers in different rooms?

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whs
whs
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What about file sharing. Have you tried that? I assume the two systems are on a router. You can also use a switch and a loooooong cable. I think 100 meters is maximum length for an ethernet cable.

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