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Looks like an external HD but can also be used as a web server!!! you can run php/mysql, ftp server, runs on linux with 32mb of ram. I'm thinking of picking up one, finally a web server to develop on instead of my computer and storage for all my crap.http://www.tomsnetworking.com/2006/06/28/s..._nas/index.html

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Yeah I think it does. I believe it runs on Linux and the HD is in the device that you hook up on your network. You have software included to backup, managing shares/users, managing photos and more...

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This one is compatible with OS X and Win but it has a small Linux OS I believe I read that in the conclusion. I'm not sure if the HD is included but I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't.

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so what are the benefits of it. Isn't it just like an external HD?We had a 4TB SAN (Storage Area Network) at work for awhile but it turned out to be not owrth the mony because of backup software issues but we had 6 servers (without Hard Drives) booting from seperate partitions on the SAN.Is this not just a mini version of that?

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It is. I think this is more for the small business/home users. If you were thinking of getting a server well this is a cheaper and slower alternative but still for someone like me it's perfect.

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It doesn't include a drive, BYOD = bring your own drive. That's why they don't say what the capacity is. But there are 750GB SATA drives around now, it won't be long until they cram a full TB on one drive.A place I work at just got a pair of these Beefalo NAS boxes, the TS-1.0TGL/R5 model:http://www.buffalotech.com/products/storage.phpPretty cool, it's a tiny little box with 4 SATA drives in it, comes preconfigured with RAID-5. You can administer it from a browser, it sends alerts when a drive dies or the heat rises or capacity nears full. Pretty cool stuff. We are going to set both boxes up to be RAID-0, striped, so we get increased speed and the full TB, and have one back up the other.

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But how does it work? Id it meant to replace the harddrives in your PC or what?EDIT: Okay I did some reading. It is just a more affordable, smaller version of a SAN that you attach to your netowrk for common storage. I get it now, duh. Sorry :).

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I think that external drive actually has 2 drives in a RAID array. Based on the size and weight, it's probably actually 4 250GB drives. Seagate was the first to come out with the 750GB drive, it looks like that's still the top one listed:http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib....55B%255D=1:394/It looks like Hitachi plans to release 1TB drives next year using a new technology:http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,120279-page,1/article.html

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