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nas200 advice

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by Noig, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Noig

    Noig Network Guru Member

    Hello members
    I like to add network storage to my system.
    After surfing the net and looking at options I am thinking of adding a Linksys nas200 with 2/500gb seagate drives.
    Has anyone of you used this system and is happy with it? Can it also be a print server; for 1. BR MFC 7820n which is a network printer and a CanonS6300 USB printer? Any recomendations on how to run best? As seperatre HDD's or raid"
    Would be nice to get some feedback to this ?
  2. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    I have the NAS200 with the same drives set up as a RAID1. It works okay as a centralized storage place on my network. I use RAID 1 as I need the reliability and RAID 0 is a waste if you are looking for speed. Speaking of speed, this device maxes out at about 4.4M/sec using FTP. It is slower using HTTP for transfers. Think of it as a centralized storage and NOT a network server.

    You can not use it as a printer server. Yet. Hopefully JAC can pull something off with his custom firmware, but as of right now, you can only use the USB ports to access USB drives.
  3. Noig

    Noig Network Guru Member

    Thanks for your reply.
    To bad that a USB printer can not be added for the network. My main use would be as central storage/backup.
    So if I would add 2/500gb HDD to the nas200 and format ext (250GB)for the MBP, could I also format the other part of one drive(250GB) in NTFS for backup files of the guest VM and be raid? Or is it so that both drives have to be either ntfs or ext so that raid would work?
  4. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    The internal drives are an all or nothing item. If you set them up as RAID 1, then the both whole disks is used for it. You can not partition them in any way that I know of and still have them usable in the NAS.

    As for formatting, you have journaled (EXT3) or non-journaled (EXT2) options for the internal drives. The External USB drives can be formatted in FAT32 for read/write capabilty, or be formatted (from your PC) as NTFS but are then READ only.
  5. Noig

    Noig Network Guru Member

    Mercjoe, thanks!
    Would you have a suggestions how I would then deal with my MBP and VM setup?
    Obviously os x has time machine or other and the same with the XP guest vm. Does one or the other have to go on an USB (HDD)extension of the nas?

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