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Neall
2004-12-08, 05:33
> I have a LaCie Ethernet disk. It is much more noisy than most pc's -- Up
> > there with my G5 with the fans on around 65%. Not something that you
> want laying >around your living room. A closet is the spot for these
> things -- at least the LaCie.

By ethernet storage, I assume you mean network attached storage (NAS). Be
very aware of the data transfer rates on NAS units. I bought a 120Gb
Tritton NAS from newegg.com, only to discover it took 2 days to transfer
my music files to it. After some investigating, I learned their data
transfer rate is 1.5Mb/sec... a reasonably slow IDE hard drive is 10x
faster. Unsuitable for a music server, in my opinion. Tritton also
embeds just a partial NFS server implementation... it hoses file
permissions on (linux) files. They took it back for a 15% restocking fee,
and I bought a LaCie USB 2.0 drive instead (very quiet). I can't speak
for a LaCie ethernet disk (or any other brand) but I don't think my
Tritton was unusual in it's snail-like transfer rate. Beware. Neall

Iain Shaw
2004-12-08, 13:12
You're right that I'm talking about the NAS rather than the external
Firewire / USB2 drives. I'm interested because I want to run one for a
friend. The less messing about / installing apps he can do the better
and the idea of running it on an Ethernet disk appeals

Does anyone have experience of the data transfer rate of the LaCie
drives specifically. I've taken note of the 733Mhz (ish) and 128MB
spec, but this is not a huge library right now. If it becomes so it'll
be headless server time.

Neall wrote:
>>I have a LaCie Ethernet disk. It is much more noisy than most pc's -- Up
>>
>>>there with my G5 with the fans on around 65%. Not something that you
>>
>>want laying >around your living room. A closet is the spot for these
>>things -- at least the LaCie.
>
>
> By ethernet storage, I assume you mean network attached storage (NAS). Be
> very aware of the data transfer rates on NAS units. I bought a 120Gb
> Tritton NAS from newegg.com, only to discover it took 2 days to transfer
> my music files to it. After some investigating, I learned their data
> transfer rate is 1.5Mb/sec... a reasonably slow IDE hard drive is 10x
> faster. Unsuitable for a music server, in my opinion. Tritton also
> embeds just a partial NFS server implementation... it hoses file
> permissions on (linux) files. They took it back for a 15% restocking fee,
> and I bought a LaCie USB 2.0 drive instead (very quiet). I can't speak
> for a LaCie ethernet disk (or any other brand) but I don't think my
> Tritton was unusual in it's snail-like transfer rate. Beware. Neall