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LaCie introduces Network Space Max 2TB media server; starts at $279.99

LaCie has debuted the multi-purpose Network Space Max. Usable as either a network storage facility and/or media center, this massive server can also serve as a USB external hard drive.

LaCie has debuted the multi-purpose Network Space Max. Usable as either a network storage facility and/or media center, this massive server can also serve as a USB external hard drive.

The Network Space Max hosts two 3.5-inch SATA HDD slots, which can be configured with RAID 1 or RAID 0 set-ups for maximum security and capacity, respectively. It's probably a good idea to go with RAID 1 in case something should go wrong and one disk fails as the RAID 1 configuration will copy your files to both drives.

With the built-in UPnPTM/DLNA support, the Network Space Max can also be transformed into a media hub when connected to compatible devices (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, computers, etc.). Not to mention there's an iTunes server, Gigabit Ethernet and a dashboard interface to navigate through all of this.

Users also have the ability to access files from the drives when far away via remote access service. The connected computer doesn't even need to be turned on.

Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux systems, LaCie's Network Space Max boxes are available now, starting at $279.99 for the 2TB edition (which appears to be currently sold out) and then up to $479.99 for the massive 4TB version.