Acer easyStore H340 Desktop PC (Atom N230, 2x1TB, 2GB, Intel GMA 950, Windows Home Server)
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- Atom N230
- Intel GMA 950
- 2 x 1TB Storage, 2GB RAM
- Windows Home server
- Does not come with Monitor
The Aspire easyStore Home Server: a wonderfully compact home appliance that allows you to store, protect, share and grow your digital library with family and friends. With the Acer easyStore Home Server, families can store photos, music and videos all in one place, protect that precious digital content with automatic backups, quick recovery and antivirus software, and share files with family and friends anytime, anywhere. As the home library of digital content increases, hard drives can be added to increase
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Setup is absolutely simple. Take it out of the box, plug it into the mains and the router, and switch it on. Setup runs automatically with no intervention needed. You then need to install the client software onto each PC. This gives you access to the Windows Home Server console, where you can create an account for each PC. Really simple, and each PC is backed up automatically. The first backup can take a few hours, but subsequent backups take just a few minutes and are run each time a PC is switched on. You'll also get warnings from the server if a PC as no anti-virus or anti-spyware installed.
The next step was to transfer the household's iTunes library to the server. Again, this was very simple, and now everyone can synchronise their iPods/iPhones from their own PCs, but with a single iTunes library.
That just left the DVDs. I've ripped all of our DVDs to the home server, and we can now stream films over the household wifi to any PC with Windows Media Centre. Very handy.
Ripping a large number of DVDs filled up the storage in the server. I bought a 2Tb SATA drive and plugged it into one of the empty drive bays. As the drives are hot-swappable, this can all be done with the server powered-up, and adding the drive to the storage pool was simplicity itself.
One word of warning - if, as I did, you have a look round the forums to find out what people are saying about Windows Home Server, ignore the comments about WHS not supporting RAID.Read more ›
It was relatively simple to add new features too by downloading add ons. I get email alerts when thresholds are breached which is very useful for monitoring what's going on. Remote access works a charm, though I had to manually configure port forwarding on my O2 router; a little fiddle but not beyond the whit of man to do.
We now have a central location to store all our family data which is backed up across multiple disks. The server has already saved us from losing data as a hard drive failed days after installing the server, and with a few clicks and a new hard drive the compueter was back up and running with no loss of data.
Also Microsoft give you remote accees via a website so your data is wherever you are
It looks great but never worked from the start. From the first moment the server was booted up the red 'i' light on the front came on permanently - indicting a critical hardware failure.
The Windows Home Server software then kept stopping part way through installation - probably because the main drive is faulty and can't install the OS. I spent hours looking through various internet fora trying a find a solution - the consensus seemed to be is that this isnt uncommon and there's nothing that can be done but send it back. Awaiting a replacement from Amazon who, if they live up to their usual performance on the rare occasion such things happen, will be absolutely brilliant in sorting this out.
UPDATE: Amazon amazing as ever. Replacement arrived and on first boot up got red lights on drive 2 and 3 so wouldnt turn on. Turned out the drives werent properly inserted.This seems to be a transit problem as the loaded drives certainly come out if the unit is turned on its side (the cathces are inadequate). Drives reinserted and booted up fine. Started loading windows home server. Dropped out of the installation first time with error messages. Still working to install and get up and running....acer support hopeless as you need to know they classify this as a desktop to get the right unit in the support emails and then you need the product id - which isnt on the unit....