Freecom Network Hard Drive

The death of the main household PC made me realise how very very fragile our setup here is. That PC held party photos, holiday photos and all sorts of other necessary information. And it was rarely, if ever, backed up.

So I got reactively proactive and bought a means to slave the old IDE disk as a USB disk (that’s a job for tomorrow!) and also bought a Freecom 500GB Network Drive (Freecom 29013 500GB NAS Drive Hi-Speed USB/Ethernet 10/100). This drive plugs straight into the router and acts as a file server, and FTP server and, if you need, a DHCP server. Plenty big enough for most people I think.

There are, of course, downsides. The web interface is pretty limited, the drive is FAT32 to allow as many different OSes as possible to connect – which limits your security options – and diagnostic tools don’t seem to exist, beyond scan disk and format. And if you don’t disable your anti-virus program and your firewall (on Windows, at least), you can’t map the drives.

But, on the plus side, Samba connects to it easily and the drive has a Linux distro inside! The whole thing cost me less than £100, from the online store Ebuyer. Ebuyer have a next working day delivery, which is at the mercy of their couriers, unfortunately.

It’s incredibly easy to set up, and takes up a similar amount of space as a paperback novel. It has a brushed metal finish and is very low-key in looks. And it doesn’t take nearly as much space as full blown server would.

Freecom’s product page

External 3,5″ Network hard drive with LAN & USB 2.0
Capacity: 500 GB

Features :
Hard Drive Type: 3.5″ SATA, low noise, low power consumption
Interface: LAN 10/100Mbps, USB 2.0
Fast centralized network storage
Can also be used as fast, portable USB 2.0 hard drive
Easy configuration in your network via built-in configuration assistant
Including LED capacity indicator
Uses TCP/IP protocol
Data securely accessible from within and outside your network (via the internet)
High quality, award-winning sleek aluminium enclosure
Two years manufacturers warranty

Stylish and cost-effective network storage solution
Computer networks these days are not limited to big offices with a lot of employees. More and more people at home or in small offices have a computer network. With the recent programmes, applications and data files becoming larger and larger, the need for additional storage space is more present than ever before!

Freecom offers you the perfect storage upgrade for your network, the new Network Drive. Simply connect the Network Drive to your router or switch, run the easy to use configuration wizard, and have instant access to the drive from any PC within your network. It can even be configured to be accessed via the internet, so your data is available for you from anywhere in the world, without your PC needed to be switched on! The included configuration assistant will guide you to set up the drive and security options the way you want it. For increased flexibility, you can also use the Network Drive as a standalone USB 2.0 hard drive, you can connect and access it to any PC.

Again Freecom has created a storage solution from a consumer’s perspective, where convenience, design and quality are key factors. Free your mind !

front view of drive

rear view of drive

It goes without saying that the images and quoted words are all copyright Freecom Technologies.

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Posted on 28 September, 2007, in Computer Stuff, Idiot's Journey and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. It’s funny when it comes to backups. Most are not religious and actually setup a good backup for their own data until it’s too late. Hey, happened to me and I was a backup administrator for my job at the time, go figure. I didn’t lose much though when mine occurred, just had to redo all my websites. 😉

    Precious photos I have are kept in 4 locations. My laptop, my wifes computer, backup server I have at home and then copy those to a server I have at my mothers house in Houston so it’s not in Austin or the same city. 🙂

  2. I think it’s one of those things that you assume won’t happen to you. The number of times I’ve seen people panic at work because their laptop has died and the data has never been backed up. Next step is to slave the hard drive from the PC and copy the whole lot up to the network drive. At that point I can start thinking about a backup regime…..

  3. I ran across this article about how the God Father director had his external hard drive stolen after his home was robbed. He’s apparently got about 15 years of data on it and no backups. Let this be a lesson to not store your valuable data all in one place, even if you have it on more than one media device. 😉

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7019644.stm

  4. Freecom offers you the perfect storage upgrade for your network, the new Network Drive. Simply connect the Network Drive to your router or switch, run the easy to use configuration wizard, and have instant access to the drive from any PC within your network.

  5. Thinking about buying one of that for back up too…

  6. I am liking the smooth aluminium casing

  7. Yes I think ultimately most people only start being religious with their backups once they have lost everything and found out how devastating that can be,

  8. I got burnt once and since then I have been using a external backup drive. Mine is a Seagate, but looks like you have a good one there.

    James@system speed’s last blog post..Hard drive speed

  9. Does this drive also work under linux? Like Mandriva or Ubuntu? And can you put rTorrent on it, or Sabnzbdplus?

    • Works fine with Linux – it's just a FAT32 drive over the network. Access it via Samba. You can put anything you like on it, whether they would work as you wish is something to check out.

  10. no thats not what i mean, Can i put programs on the hard disk itself, not as storage, but just like installing an .deb file of torrentflux on my big box, but just do it on that one to, that there acually runs a server on the NAS. adding extra features to it…

    • Ah I see. I don't know, mine is merely used for storage. Try it and find out – it's a hard disk after all. Having said that, you would have to point the program at the location of the dependencies otherwise you'll just have a program and nothing to run it with.

  11. Thanks for creating it. Bookmarked for future reference (once that ever-escaping blog design time comes around).

  12. Hi Relst, you can install the program and start working. I m using in Windows, i dont know whether it will support in MAC or Linux.

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