Finally my NAS has arrived: After quite some research I chose the Raidsonic Icybox IB-NAS4220-B. Here a short resume of what the Icybox 4220 has to offer:
- Gigabit ethernet
- Dual nas supports 2 harddisks (RAID 0, 1, Span, JBOD)
- 2 USB-Hosts (for USB sticks, external hard disks or a print server)
- Samba for Windows networks, NFS (for Linux, Unix), FTP (to access your files via internet), DHCP (automatic network configuration)
This is just to mention the most important characteristics. For more details just download the Icybox 4220 datasheet as PDF.
As harddisks from Samsung seem to cause problems with the Icybox 4220 NAS I orderd 2 WesternDigital WD Caviar SE16 500GB SATA II 16MB. I hope those will do just fine. I will configure a Raid1 for better data security and those hard disks will be backed up to a external USB hard disk every week or so. This gives me space for 500GB of data, the second disk will contain an exact copy of the first hard disk.
While not ensuring perfect security, this will be enough data security for me. Togehter with the Icybox I have also received a Western Digital Passport portable hard disk with 250GB, which should do well for transportation purposes and additional backups.
As the time around Christmas is fairly busy and we will get some visitors within the next days I will probably have to wait until the new year to get the Raidsonic NAS up and running. I will give some updates about the product as soon as I had the time to go more into details.
My first impressions:
- The Icybox 4220 is smaller than expected and the product pictures make you think.
- The built quality looks really good: no plastics, all metal.
- It is fairly nice looking. Not really important for a tool like a NAS, but when on your desk the good look won’t hurt, right? ;-).
- It comes along with a good hand book in really good German. Not comparable with some other products, where you just can not understand anything. There actually some good explanations, even on basics like the advantages and disadvantages of different RAID levels, etc.
Interesting links regarding the Icybox 4220
- A forum with a lot of information and a lot of posts (in German): http://www.planet3dnow.de/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=319399
- A wiki about the Icybox NAS 4220 with information about hardware compatibility: http://en.nas-4220.org/
I will keep you updated about my progress. I hope my version will not cause any trouble and the two hard disks will work fine with my Raidsonic Icybox IB-NAS4220-B.