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Why do all network storage devices seem to fail?

by MrKhaki / November 10, 2010 8:21 AM PST

I'm looking for a network storage device for home use and looking at just about everything out there (WD, Seagate, Buffalo, etc.). Reading the Cnet and Amazon reviews, there seems to be a high incidence of failure and luke-warm performance.

These devices have been available for a few years now... why are they still so unreliable?

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Try simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2010 11:50 AM PST

Are these the cheapest things folk are buying?

Servers of many sizes run for years. For example I have a Netbook as a NAS/Server and it's run for a very long time. It draws under 10 Watts so no impact on the planet.

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On reflection...
by Willy / November 10, 2010 5:28 PM PST

Compared to many yrs. ago, these are far better than ever before. IMHO, users have become so accustomed to their PCs, they treat them like appliances. Guess what, these are not appliances and are more sensitive to failure than users think. At the same time, cost of any PC device has come down but this in turn reflects the overall quality of a device. Just treat them like eggs and usually the life cycle of any device will increase to include proper maintenance(dust bunnies).

tada -----Willy Happy

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