I came home from work a couple days ago to find this waiting for me on my front porch:
Yes, it’s some goodies from NewEgg. Some storage solutions to help me with my problem. I opened the box to find three items: the D-Link 321 Network Storage Enclosure, a 1TB hard drive to put in it, and a second 1TB external drive:
Here’s what they look like when stacked on top of my totally punk rock desktop computer:
The whole system was a snap to set up and install. Even dummies like me can do it. My wife are referring to the Network Attached Storage (NAS) as “NOS”:
But I’m starting to second-guess my storage strategy…. My strategy was that I would transfer everything over to the NOS and have the NOS be the primary storage drive for everything on both computers. That would allow all of our music, videos, and personal docs to be available from either computer at any time. That part of the plan is working great. The second external drive is intended to be a periodic backup of the NOS. The only problem is that this is kind of a pain. If I want to back up the NOS, I have to plug the drive into the desktop and stream all the data through the router – which is really slow.
hmmmm… I just don’t know very much about this networking business….
NEXT STEP: find some stickers for my new storage devices.