atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1754: Another thing I don't have the money for

Thanks to Steven I'm thinking about ways to solve my anime storage problem which don't involve adding hard drives to the desktop computer.

This NetGear device looks like it would fill the bill nicely, and if the info on that page is to be believed, it connects to a router to allow any computer on the home network to access the data on it.

Problem: $230 before you put any drives in it.

Still, adding a NAS box seems to be the way to go, here. The thing requires minimal configuration and administration; basically you pop drives in, set the thing up, and then dump data to it. If a drive fails, remove it and put in a new one; it rebuilds automatically, and some of these things even let you hot-swap them.

Around $500 would seem to get you about 1.5 TB of reasonably reliable network storage. That is, at present, a lot; and as drives get bigger I could simply swap in larger drives.

Doing this would also require making a few changes to the configuration of the home network, though. I'd want to change where the modem plugs in; I'd also want to get a UPS solely for the modem, router, and NAS. This would mean either running ethernet cable to my Mom's computer, or upgrading her computer to something a little more modern, argh etc. (Mom's computer is a vintage 1998 Compaq Presario desktop. She doesn't want a new one.)

Oh well.

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I want to hit the guy in this picture with a tire iron.

...really, that's all that needs to be said about this.

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