[mythtv-users] Extremely Good Deal on 2.5" drive

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Tue Jun 13 19:19:28 UTC 2006

On Jun 13, 2006, at 12:53 PM, Mudit Wahal wrote:

> "This product is refurbished in retail packaging."

I did miss that, but it would have made no difference to me at all.  
I've purchased many refurbed drives and have never had one fail yet,  
though I have had two brand new ones fail in the warranty period (a  
Seagate and a Maxtor, who are now the same company BTW).

I also do not know anything about the NAS server. I bought one for  
3.5" drives a while back and it was a samba server that could only  
see FAT-32 drives, which leads to a file size limitation that is  
fatal for Myth systems storing video.

Getting closer to on-topic - does anybody have suggestions for NAS  
storage for Myth systems ?

I'm using a couple of Slugs (Linksys NSLU2s). Out of the box they  
only run samba, but with EXT-2 filesystems. If you flash one of the  
replacement firmwares you can run NFS with the filesystem of your  

It's a little box that connects to your network and has 2 USB ports  
for drives. They are slow but cheap, last seen at a Walmart in Omaha  
on closeout for $23.

There is a full Debian port for the box (actually there are two, as  
the CPU can run in Big or Little endian mode). I'm running Gentoo on  
one now, hoping to get a little more speed than the Debian port.

I see Mudit's post has the link for the slug community.

> On 6/13/06, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
>> OK, normally I wouldn't post such a thing here, but this deal looks
>> so good I would be derelict if I didn't share it.
>> Unity Electronics is selling external 2.5" hard drives, 120 GB, 7200
>> RPM, 2MB cache, 8.9 ms. access, for $79.
>> The external case has the usual USB 2.0 interface, and also an
>> ethernet interface to use it as NAS.
>> The NAS software does the usual stuff, but also, according to the
>> claim, has features like automatic mirroring to another similar drive
>> (poor man's RAID 1) and aggregation of two or more drives to appear
>> as one (poor man's RAID 0).
>> No performance specs on the server are given though.
>> The normal price is $99 but the code "NET2USB" gives you the $79  
>> price.
>> Seems to me that $79 is an incredible price for a 2.5" 120GB bare
>> drive, never mind the NAS/USB case. The best price I can find at
>> Tiger etc. is $149 for just the drive.
>> http://www.unityelectronics.com/product-product_id/1908
>> Sorry to bother you folks, but it does seem to be a good deal.
>> Brian Wood
>> beww at beww.org
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