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4.0 out of 5 stars Competent, good value network drive, 29 Feb 2008
This review is from: Home Network Hard Drive 320Gb with Eithernet port (Personal Computers)
My 320Gb Iomega Hard Drive is proving to be a good value and relatively simple solution to back up important files on the two computers in my home network (Win XP desktop and Win Vista laptop attached via WiFi g to a Netgear modem/router).

The unit itself is finished in smart silver and, being quite weighty, feels solid and well built. It connects via Ethernet cable to the router with a maximum theoretical file transfer speed of 100Mbs (in reality, because of WiFi adapter/card limitations, the actual speed is slower but no problem for me as a home user). Initial set up (required on all the computers in the network) from the supplied CD was quick and easy despite the very terse instructions given in the quick start guide (a full manual is on the CD itself). The discovery tool software provided located the drive straight away and allows for various settings to be configured, including security options. Do not delete the PUBLIC folder on the drive and make sure it is set to SHARE so that all the network computers can access and write to it. I also recommend making use of the SLEEP function to power down the drive (although not off) when not is use. Some family members think the drive a little noisy in action but it is no more so than any other hard disc.

The only doubt about the whole package is the back up software included, Retrospect. It is very simple but somewhat basic and inflexible. You may well prefer to use other, more sophisticated back up software instead but, this will do a job if your back up needs are simple. Whilst Retrospect is not brilliant at backing up functionality, one good thing it does allow is the backing up of an entire system, complete with restore points which could provide a level of reassurance additional to that provided by Windows.

All in all, the Iomega Home Network Drive is an inexpensive way to add extra storage space to a simple home network, not least of all to keep safe copies of those important files, images and videos sitting on your desktop and laptop.
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