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3 Minutes to 3 Terabytes: VIA ARTiGO and FreeNAS Store Terabytes in a Shoebox

Apr 17, 2009, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"Network Attached Storage (NAS) is one answer to sharing large storage devices over a network. You could buy a NAS device from your favorite local or Internet supplier, but chances are you'll wind up with something less than what a "real" NAS has to offer. That's where VIA's ARTiGO A2000 comes in. The A2000 fits a full-featured computer with space for two 3.5" SATA drives in a package about the size of a shoebox. Add to the hardware the FreeNAS open source software and you've got a really capable storage solution.

Assembling the hardware couldn't be simpler. The ARTiGO A2000 has one screw on the rear of the box holding the case shell in place. Once that's out you can remove the front clip-on cover with two fingers. That exposes two slots for SATA hard drives and the CompactFlash slot. The hard drives slide easily on the rails and plug right into a connector at the back of the drive bay. Tighten two screws on each side to secure the drive to the frame, and you're all done. We used two Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB drives for this review."

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