Iomega launches new low-price Home Media Network Hard Drives

Iomega launches new low-price Home Media Network Hard Drives

Summary: While HP is taking the high (price) road in the NAS market with its new MediaSmart Servers, Iomega is going the other direction with its new Home Media Network Hard Drive line. Considering how cheap hard drive prices are getting, it's a reasonable tactic.

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While HP is taking the high (price) road in the NAS market with its new MediaSmart Servers, Iomega is going the other direction with its new Home Media Network Hard Drive line. Considering how cheap hard drive prices are getting, it's a reasonable tactic. How reasonable? Iomega is selling the 500GB model for just $159.99, while a 1TB version is $229.99.

Iomega Home Media Network Hard DriveThe devices are also well-featured, with iTunes and UPnP server capabilities, DLNA device support, and a USB port to attach more storage or a printer to the unit. It comes with EMC Retrospect software for backup duties, and you also get 2GB of online storage courtesy of MozyHome Online Backup service. (Unlimited online storage is available for $4.95 per month.) While the Home Media Network Hard Drives are Mac compatible, they don't offer Time Machine support like HP's new NAS devices.

The biggest limitation for Iomega's new offerings is that they can only house one drive. You can still build your own NAS device for a little less with some expansion room, but if you're not interested in a DIY project and just want networked storage for as little as possible, the Home Media Network Hard Drives are probably worth a look when they become available sometime early this month.

Topics: Hardware, Networking, Storage

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  • DIY project

    Hi Sean
    i thinking exactly on buying/building a NAS to replace my old linux desktop and becam interested on your phrase "You can still build your own NAS device for a little less with some expansion room, "
    could you indicate or point me to some sites that give me a hint and tips on how to do it?
    thanks,
    lj
    lordjeremias
  • i don't get it

    other then the itunes server (witch i think is neat and would like to see it in action) why would anyone buy something like this when they ca take an old bone of a machine toss some big hard disks in it and have more options. Load open suse 11 on and you can set up some great disk redundancy polices and do just a ton of other things, or things like open nas. Stupid iomega should have licensed the zip drive they'd own the world by now.
    godfather55vv
    • I think the idea is that you don't have to DIY, its done already. nt

      nt
      T1Oracle