Today’s 9to5mac.com/Toys deal is a two parter. First:
Amazon.com offers the D-Link 2-Bay External Network Storage Enclosure, model no. DNS-321, for $130.20. This $30 mail-in rebate cuts it to $100.20. With free shipping, that’s $12 under our December mention and the lowest total price we could find by $20. (A mail-in rebate made it a buck less in September, since expired.) This Gigabit Ethernet NAS enclosure can hold two Serial ATA hard drives of any capacity and supports RAID 1, 0, and JBOD. Rebate expires February 28.
Put them together easily at home. We recommend JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks – spanning) because if one drive fails, you’ll still have the data on the other – and the speed of RAID 0 won’t help because of other bottlenecks in the system. But don’t worry, the system is plenty fast to play HD Movies to numerous computers/set top boxes at the same time. It is also an FTP server and iTunes music server built-in.
For those with irreplaceable data, of course mirroring is your best bet but cuts the capacity in half. Remember, this is a low cost way to have tons of data avaialble to you at home. It is by no means a corporate data solution.
The D-Link 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure – DNS-321 – is the perfect way to store, share, and safeguard your documents, music, videos, and photos. With the D-Link tool-less installation, easily insert up to two (3.5") SATA drives without any tools or attaching any cables. Additionally, the built-in UPnP AV media server enables streaming of digital content to compatible network media players (such as those found in the D-Link MediaLounge product line) as well as popular media player applications used in computers.
With the included feature-rich Memeo software, you can create schedules and rules including real-time full or incremental backups. The Web-based configuration software allows users to establish storage quotas for specific users and groups. The DNS-321 can automatically back up your data regardless of the Operating System (OS) of your computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux). The DNS-321 also features a built-in FTP server to access files through the Internet. With its sleek design and quiet cooling fans, the DNS-321 can be easily placed on your desk at home or in the office. Utilizing SATA hard drives and gigabit connectivity, the 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-321) is a high performance, cost-effective solution for your home or small office data storage needs.