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I was looking for a network HDD dock and came across the following:

FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter

I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with it or any other suggestions?

I don't want a NAS - I just want a dock so I can plug hard drives into it and have it accessible via IP address etc.

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You do want NAS, as that is what NAS is. –  paradroid Jan 17 '11 at 1:57
    
Well yes, but not something with static hard drives like a drobo, qnap :) –  Kvad Jan 17 '11 at 2:01
    
@paradroid: Kvad ^ –  studiohack Jan 17 '11 at 2:05

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I have a DockStar - it works well. It's essentially a tiny computer that can be set up to run OpenWrt or Linux, so if you're so inclined you can set it up as a iTunes server, BitTorrent server, etc in addition to serving as a hard drive host. I'm using the plain-vanilla, out of box software load, and while it works with PogoPlug as the other poster mentioned, it's not necessary to use the PogoPlug software - you can set things up so that each USB drive that you plug into it is accessible via a network share. The device's Amazon review has a good walkthrough on how to do this.

I like the device quite a bit. The box is tiny and uses very little power, and mine has been reliable. I recommend it.

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So how is the drive exposed on the network? Say from a windows pc \\ipaddress\share ? Doe it support EXT4 and NTFS? –  Kvad Jan 17 '11 at 4:06
    
The drive is exposed as a standard file share. The share name is \\fadsMMMMMM\sharename, where MMMMMM is the last 6 characters in the DockStar's MAC address (shown on the bottom of the unit) and the sharename is user-configurable. NTFS is supported - not sure about EXT4, but it probably is if you rebuild with Linux. –  Roger Jan 17 '11 at 4:36

The DockStar uses the Pogoplug service, which is great for accessing your files anywhere on the Internet. And when you outgrow what it offers, it provides opportunities for future growth.

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