Solved Help choosing an External HDD/NAS Drive/Network Router?

October 8, 2012 at 22:49:05
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Version 2002 Service Pack 3, Intel CPU T2050 @1.6 GHz/512 MB
I am looking into a back up solution for pictures, itunes music and files on my computer. I rarely follow through with backing my computer up and am thinking automatic wireless back up would solve this problem. I was originally looking into a ClickFree Wireless Back up Ext Hard Drive but found it was discontinued. Then I learned about NAS drives for a wireless back up solution. I have an older laptop (Dell Inspiron E 1505 and older router (Linksys WRT54G Version 1.1-updated firmware) with 3 MBPS speed DSL connection. I want to spend below $300 (preferably $200 and below) and have the ability to back up my computer wirelessly. I don't have other computers/users on network. I understand that NAS devices have the added feature of wirelessly sharing data with TVs etc which is a bonus. Most of the Nas Wireless HDs that connect to a wireless router for network connectivity receive mediocre reviews on Amazon etc. (Western Digital and Seagate GoFlex have quite a few complaints). I have also heard of the possibility of buying a network router that has the capability to connect a regular external hard drive for wireless back up. I don't know what external HD to get. I looked up the Western Digital My Book Live and Seagate GoFlex. Some of the negative reviews and problems with system made me apprehensive
Ideally I want:
1. A high rated and affordable external hard drive that can back up wirelessly AND has a wired backup option with high speed transfer of data/abilityUSB connection (3.0).
2. Easy to use system/user interface that helps the process of backing up (not sure how to refer to this but a guided system that visually cues how to back up).
3. I have heard it is expensive to get a RAID/Mirrored drive to mirror data on two drives. My computer is older and getting slower (I want to use it as long as I can) so I was considering keeping most of my data (pics, itunes, files etc) on mirrored NAS drives- Based on my spending limit it doesnt seem this is likely.
4. If I don;t get a mirrored NAS what is the other option that I can later add a second external drive to my set up so that i have two copies of all data?

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October 9, 2012 at 09:27:24
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The problem is that a good nas in that range also doesn't include drives.

For a song one might be able to create a nas with raid even on some old computer with freenas or openfiler, really any BSD or linux would do. Might even get windows to work.

The part about the backup includes a job that runs at some set time usually. It should allow you to do ntbackup or other type of backup when you select and in what way.

The least expensive way is to buy a usb drive and do a manual backup each month or so. At least once a year to save some of your computer.

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