Western Digital Reveals 4TB NAS

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Elucidate

Right on WD!   

My first thought was this is pretty cool, but if a drive fails you need to send in the unit.  Not true.  I just skimmed through their manual, you can replace a drive yourself.  See: http://www.wdc.com/WDProducts/Library/UM/ENG/4779-705013.pdf

Again I'm not completely sold on the Green drive thing...saves energy, but there is spin up time, slower reads...oh yeah this unit requires WD green drives.

If I may make one wish list comment.  Anything that will be accessed by multiple sources, really should have dual ethernet ports.  As data, video streaming, etc, become more and more prominent, 1G network speeds will become a bottle neck.  Already is in some situations.  ganging them to 2G is a cheap viable solution-- as long as you have enough ports on the router/switch. 

If you liked the Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, you'll love the Endless Universe- Beyond the big bang theory by Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok.

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legacy_gtr

Intel and EMC have made a product that's better.  It's been out for awhile.  Holds up to 4 drives (any 4 you want) supports RAID 1, 5, 10.  Has software to automatically backup your PCs, can stream to PS3, Xbox, Mac, PC, Linux.  You can plug in additional USB or eSATA drives (or digital camera, thumb drives, printers) for shareing.  You can even upload files to it via bluetooth.  It supports NFS file shares and can be setup for FTP and SMTP, or e-mail alerts.  It will spin down the drives after an adjustable period of inactivity.  And its fast.......

 

http://www.intel.com/products/server/storage-systems/ss4200-e/ss4200-e-overview.htm 

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Elucidate

Thanks Legacy_gtr, I tried 3 different clicks from your url.  I could not easily find any pricing.  When I hear EMC mentioned, I think expensive.  In the past when we've bought EMC it's in the range of 6-digits costs (e.g. $100,000) for the hardware.  Not really for home use.  

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legacy_gtr

Looks like Intel changed that "How to Buy" link.  It used to be very helpful.  I bought mine from Insight. (www.insight.com) when it was on sale for ~$240.  Also seen it on PC Connection and PC Mall for ~$350.  It doesn't come with any drives, so those are extra....

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