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Old 01-22-2008, 08:05 PM   #51
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>> But that is likely to be the case for a NAS, too - it may not be a PC, but it's still a computer running an OS;

Yes, but the burden's on the NAS, not any of the "working" PCs.

>>A cheapo PC with a lean Linux on it and several internal and/or external hard drives might do just as well - and be cheaper, too.

Quite likely. And would provide a spare PC. And it could do print server duty and perform other tasks. On the down side, it wouldn't be plug and play.

Gigabit's nice, isn't it? ;-)

   
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Old 01-23-2008, 03:46 AM   #52
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Cheaper it would be, but I understand the file system would be SAMBA which can have subtle compatibly issues. The NAS I already have uses embedded Linux and does not properly preserve timestamps. Nor is it very fast, although that is probably an issue of the processor and RAM used.
Hmm - that makes me think I might be better off with a stripped Win2K then - that, at least supports NTFS and Isaac (the mac) has no problem reading and writing to that over the network.

   
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>>A cheapo PC with a lean Linux on it and several internal and/or external hard drives might do just as well - and be cheaper, too.

Quite likely. And would provide a spare PC. And it could do print server duty and perform other tasks. On the down side, it wouldn't be plug and play.
Like an email server - yes, I was considering all that when I bought my "spare" box. Of course it would require some setup and testing (but I need the space first) but then I'd have an exactly tailored system.

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Very. The PC card for Alan wasn't cheap, but it's been worth the investment. The speed increase is remarkable.

   
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