Back-up speed however, isn't the MyXerver's strong point. We attached a USB 2.0 Toshiba hard drive and copied a 5GB file in 59 seconds. The same file copying to the MyXerver took over five minutes – so it's not ideal if you're in a rush. However, the ongoing NTI Shadow backup should mean that, for average home or office use, your saved files should never be too far behind you.
Easy on the eye and also available in black and grey
With no fan it's gloriously quiet, and generally gets on with its job without drawing attention to itself. The fact that you can access it from anywhere, via the web, without the need for your computer to be switched on, is a very strong plus, as is the NTI Shadow backup software. It's a very useful addition to any home or small business network and a definite step up from a standard NAS server, for a very competitive price. ®
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I got these power consumption from the makers:-
MyXerver unit without hard drive in Standby Mode 4.2W
MyXerver unit with 1TB hard drive in Standby Mode 7.8W
MyXerver unit with 1TB hard drive in Active Mode 12W
The SATA drive in the MyXerver is formatted to XFS - so it works on Mac and PC.
With regards to the SMB comment, whcih I assume to mean Server Message Block, I have asked our tech team to advise and I'll come back to you..
NFS? SMB? iSCSI?
this article has no technical content :o(
I am Product Manager in the UK for the MyXerver, which means that I'm supposed to be able to answer any questions you have on it. I'll check back when I can to see any new issues but to answer a couple of comments:
RAID will be an option on the future versions of the MyXerver because of the second hard drive you can chain from the USB port. It's not something we've tried to include in this incarnation, but since you can set up backups to multiple drives mapped on the computer (the USB drive would appear as a separate Network Drive) you could very easily backup to both in one go. It's not technically RAID, but you've effectively then got a mirror of the first drive. The NT3600 is the USB version we produce which looks identical to the MyXerver.
@Alex and @Monkey
@Alan - Yes I do realise it only has one disk, and therefore raid is an impossibility. But that's what I do not understand about producing a NAS device with just one disk. The idea is to have a central point to store your music, photos, video's, documents etc. You have to assume that many of these are irreplaceable. Personally I would not trust these to single point of mechanical failure such as single hard disk. Ok there is a backup facility but that requires you to actually do the backup periodically which most people won't do(and sods law says it will fail just before you do).
@Monkey. Its not IT snobbery, just practicality. Why should a unit that supports RAID mirroring be any more difficult to use for the IT illiterate than a non raid disk unit? Personally I would be happier with the knowledge that my data was likely to accessible despite component failures
If you want a NAS that does not support RAID, then this looks like a good unit, just don't complain when 5 years of family photo's go up in smoke when the hard disk fails.
@GhilleDhu. I have the same problem. IcyBox does a system which is reasonable priced and supports RAID 1, however there are some issues such as only supporting EXT 3 file system.