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Turn an external USB hard drive into a NAS device

on July 14, 2009 5:46 pm

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The SimpleNET from SimpleTech is a super simple (sorry, couldn’t resist) way to turn a USB hard drive into a NAS device (network attached storage). Just plug this small module into your wireless router and then plug one or two USB hard drives into the USB ports in the module and you’re done. It’s compatible with Linux, Windows and OS X and supports FAT32, NTFS, HFS+ and EXT3 files systems. The price is $79.99 and is available now from various online stores like Best Buy and Amazon.

Comments

  1. 1
    Edwardo says:

    Not a bad little piece of kit. Maybe a touch pricey, though. Does it work with USB flash drives?

  2. 2
    Adam says:

    Yeah, this sounds like a really great idea, however the price is a bit much for me.

  3. 3
    Albo says:

    Would be worth it if it had Gigabit Ethernet. I wonder if it could host a VOIP solution like a MagicJack or something?

  4. 4
    Kenneth says:

    This does have me wondering — what would happen if I hooked up a USB 2.0 hub to 4 x 1TB hard drives, then connected the hub to this dongle? Would I see 4 hard drives on the network?

  5. 5
    Vali says:

    There is the Addonics NAS Adapter $55 from Addonics.com. Single USB, but does the same thing.

    http://www.addonics.com/products/nas/nasu2.asp

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