Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Hardware: NAS and a slug?
This time, NAS means Network-Attached Storage. The slug is really a Linksys NSLU2. The hope and rational is that $250 in hardware (the slug, a new 320GB drive, and a USB 2.0 enclosure to convert an existing drive) converted into a simple backup solution AND shared network drives will make life better and safer -- especially in case of data failure and when I get a laptop. The bonus of a potential iTunes server and a linux box (toy depending on your opinion) makes this an easy investment of some holiday money. If it works, I may suggest the same setup for my parents.
The kingwin external enclosure has some great lighting. The red bar is for access and the blue one is for power. Newegg had them fairly cheap. In the long run, I expect this device to be used as the offsite backup -- unless I decide to push the backups out to our Dreamhost space. Once a month (or so), I'll copy the important backup data to it and leave it offsite. Until then, the server room (guest bedroom) will look more and more like a laser-light show.
The primary USB drive is a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 320GB External Hard Drive. The photo is correct, it looks like a hardbound book. A little silly but a great thing to have on the bookshelf.
Everyone needs a backup strategy! Reuse an existing drive and this solution comes in under $150 with shipping.
Add a network laser printer to the mix and you'd think we were starting our own internet company.