reply to SquareSlinky
Re: Network Storage Link Anyone know of similar products to this, but that do not require you to re-format the hard drive. I would still need to be able to directly attach the USB hard drive to a Windows computer as necessary. From reading the User Guide for this product; that would not be possible.
I don't believe that it says that the drive has to be formatted. It says that a new drive will have to be formatted before installation. It also states that the drives are not hot swappable, correct - but you can just turn the device off and unplug it, plug another in, and turn it on. Doesn't sound like a hassle to me.
The following is a quote from page 8 of the Linksys User Guide. That is how I came to the conclusion.
"IMPORTANT: The Storage Link's format
is NOT compatible with Windows. You
cannot swap USB hard drives between
Windows systems and the Storage Link."
reply to Cananus
Go to www.ximeta.com
I now have this thing and it is working fine. The speeds seem decent to me. Also, you do need to format the drive to another format to make it work. You will loose all data on the drive if it is not new. Mine was new, so I didn't care.
I almost went with the Ximeta when I found it a few months back. The problem I saw with it was that they didn't, at the time, allow more than 1 user on it at a time. They said they were fixing that, but I don't like the idea of buying something on the hope that they will actually make it work in the future.
I have the multi access software on mine & it's working OK.