[rescue] Question about Iomega NAS Server

James james at jdfogg.com
Tue Sep 14 07:05:10 CDT 2004

On Tue, 14 Sep 2004, Zach Lowry wrote:

> I hate to reply to my own thread, but I'd really like to know more  
> about these beasts before I spend such a significant chunk of money on  
> one. Has anyone on the list ever used one? Are they worth having?  How  
> about compatibility? Even if I can't verify that it's upgradable, I'll  
> probably still get one because it's a pretty good deal, but if any of  
> you have any experiences with them, please let me know! :)

Well, I didn't want to say anything, but...

You will hate yourself for buying cheap NAS devices. Maxtor sucks planets 
and Iomega isn't too far behind. And do you really want a stripped down 
Windows environment running your NAS?

Get a chassis that supports hot-swap or front-access disks, find a nice 
motherboard (Tyan gets my vote), get a RAID card (or a mobo with it build 
in) and install Linux. Since swapping disks isn't a daily chore, you can 
go cheaper and get a standard chassis.

Or you can buy any of the very nice Linux bases commercial products that 
are built just like I described and sold with a warantee and possibly some 
custom storage management software.

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