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Windows 7: NAS Storage - Is it all the same?

02 Nov 2014   #1
badspell68

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NAS Storage - Is it all the same?

I have a Seagate 2gig Goflex home setup and it has stopped working, so I'm looking at other backup solution. I see a assortment of generic NAS stuff on ebay and it all does seem to do the same thing as the very pricy Seagate stuff, but will the ebay stuff do cloud connectivity? I was able to connect to my Goflex Home drive anywhere by going to a Seagate web page and simply input a user name and password.

Thanks!


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03 Nov 2014   #2
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

There are different types of Nas Drives .... Which one did you have in mind ... Is it for Home use only how many Devices do you want to connect ? ...

The Link below should be Helpful ...


How to backup your NAS to the cloud
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03 Nov 2014   #3
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

Got an old, retired XP system laying around doing nothing? I turned my old XP system into a NAS and it works great. Since XP systems should no longer have Internet exposure/access for security reasons, I just made sure in my router that Internet access was blocked for that MAC address.

What is great about using a computer for a NAS (basically a networked file server) is they typically support many hard drives in the case. If you need more space, you just add another drive, enable sharing on the new drive and be good to go. And on the plus side, it (for now, anyway) keeps the old XP workhorse productive, and out of the landfills.
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03 Nov 2014   #4
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Itaregid View Post
Got an old, retired XP system laying around doing nothing? I turned my old XP system into a NAS and it works great. Since XP systems should no longer have Internet exposure/access for security reasons, I just made sure in my router that Internet access was blocked for that MAC address.

What is great about using a computer for a NAS (basically a networked file server) is they typically support many hard drives in the case. If you need more space, you just add another drive, enable sharing on the new drive and be good to go. And on the plus side, it (for now, anyway) keeps the old XP workhorse productive, and out of the landfills.
That would certainly work for a local NAS but the OP specifically stated that he wanted to retain the ability to access the NAS from the web.

@OP - I believe one of the things you are paying for when you bought your Seagate NAS was the ability to access the NAS from the web. A generic NAS from Ebay might be able to be made accessible from the web but you would need to investigate how to do that and set it all up yourself.
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03 Nov 2014   #5
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

Sorry, need more coffee.
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03 Nov 2014   #6
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

@badspell68

Quote:
so I'm looking at other backup solution
NAS is not a good move for backup nor would I expose my NAS to the internet !

I am not familiar with your Seagate 2gig Goflex, but it looks like it tries to be all-things-to-all-people and the price on eBay is cheap at approx $130 for 2GB.

After some bad experiences with off-the-shelf single-disk HDD storage, (they are wonderful until they die )
I recently opted for a WD-Blue 3.5 disk + separate enclosure. (Data storage for my laptop) If the "front-end" of the device fails, I can remove the disk and place it into another cradle/enclosure/PC and I still have my data.
So many off-the-shelf spinner devices are soldered in place inside the container, and they are not designed to be "fixed" ... so there is a high risk your data is toasted.
(I use pocket HDDs for backup)

Would I be right in assuming you don't have a backup of your GoFlex?

In my experience it pays to do a lot of reading on NAS and RAID to understand it all.
I would not treat NAS as plug-n-play, because when things go wrong your data is at risk.
NAS is designed to preserve data if a disc fails (depending on the RAID setup), and should not be used as backup. Some cheap NAS devices (2 discs) on the market are only designed, if one disc fails, you might be lucky enough to rescue your data, from the remaining disc.
If you are lucky !
Reasonable NAS is not cheap, but it offers some incredible advantages, depending on the unit you buy and RAID settings.

How important is it that you access the 2GB drive remotely that cannot be carried on a 2GB pocket HDD ?

Reliable NAS RAID-5 does a good job of preserving data but NAS will not protect your data from intrusion from the internet, nor power surges (lightening strikes)

Owning decent NAS is like driving a Porsche ... great feeling ... but it comes at a co$t

If you want any more info ... just ask
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04 Nov 2014   #7
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

Quote:
NAS is not a good move for backup
Huh? Sure it is. In fact, it is perfect. What is a file server but a network attached storage device?
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04 Nov 2014   #8
badcrc

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1
 
 

are you guys really discussing 2GB RAID NAS ?

2TB maybe . . .
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