Remember the days when you just bought (or built) a computer with however much storage you needed/wanted? Nowadays, your computer is more brains and less brawn, at least in the storage department, as detached storage, typically on the network becomes more popular for the home.
Here’s another such example – the HP Media Vault. We’re featuring the 2120 that ships with a 500GB SATA hard drive, and you can another one to it (up to 1TB), but HP has a whole line of these media vaults. It can handle RAID 1 mirroring so you don’t lose data if one of your drives goes down. It ships with a 10/100/1000 NIC. Excellent.
But what gives these storage devices (or media vaults as HP calls them) that little extra oomph, is the embedded OS (typically Linux) and applications that allow you to control the drives remotely as well as share out specific sections of data to your home network or even the Internet if you so choose.
For example, you could set up the 2120 as your central media location and stream your music and videos from it. It also has HP’s Photo Webshare for showing off your photos. For even more control, you can set up user accounts and dictate who can access and/or modify what.
For under $300, these external storage solutions make expanding your capacity a snap. You may also be interested in checking out the Drobo which takes storage redundancy to a new user-friendly level.
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)