For years I’ve been using my old 400MHz Pentium III as a file server on my home network. I had installed an ATA RAID controller and a couple of mirrored 80GB drives. A couple of years have passed and we have totally outgrown the 80GB. With Mama’s music collection and my photographs it’s a wonder that it lasted this long. Besides, it’s a pain in the ass to have to turn on a desktop machine to get to a file. Do you know how long it takes a Pentium III to boot up?

So I broke down and bought a Network Attached Storage (NAS) server, the Buffalo TeraStation. The server comes with a terabyte of storage space that when mirrored is equivalent to half a terabyte, or 500GB. It was easy to setup on my network with a web-based GUI interface and it is quiet enough to leave on 24/7. No more waiting for a machine to boot up to get to data. For redundant storage at home I highly recommend it.


  1. Do you have any idea if the datatransfer rates of a “TeraStation” would support video editing?

    #1 by Jake — April 9, 2005 @ 4:59 pm

  2. What is the noise produced by the terastation, will I notice it running in a bedroom?


    #2 by John Ericson — April 24, 2005 @ 7:36 pm

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