Ximeta NetDisk

  • Editors' rating
    8.0 Excellent

Pros

  • Easy to set up and use;
  • fast USB2.0 interface;
  • inexpensive

Cons

  • Can get warm in constant use

Storage is perennially in demand, and the problem gets worse as the growth of multimedia files continues apace. And if you're conscientious enough to back up your systems, the problem doubles. Ximeta's trio of NetDisk products could be the answer. All connect over both USB and Ethernet but in varying quantities: the NetDisk Office has eight Ethernet ports, while the smaller NetDisk Mini offers a more pocket-friendly form factor. Our mid-range NetDisk unit also connects via either Ethernet or USB and there's one of each socket; of the three products, this is best for small office/home office use.

In the box is the drive itself, a power pack (yes, that's another mains socket occupied), USB and Ethernet cables. The 7200rpm, 80GB drive is housed in a reasonably attractive, round-edged casing; bigger (and more expensive) drives are available up to 250GB in capacity (120GB/£159, 160GB/£189 and 250GB/£279, all ex. VAT).

We found the NetDisk simple to set up and use. In terms of setup, you only need to flip a switch to configure it to accept power either from the pack or the USB port. If you choose the latter, you'll need a double-headed USB cable to plug into the host computer as the power drain is too great for a standard connection. Although the clear and concise instruction sheet suggests that such a cable is included, there wasn't one with our review unit.

Once running, under Windows XP you'll find that the unit just powers up and the OS recognises it as an external drive. There's nothing else to do. Users of Macs and older Windows PC users will find drivers on the accompanying CD, but we didn't test these.

The unit's fairly quick too. We copied a full CD's worth of data -- over 700MB -- to and from the NetDisk several times, and each time it took just over 32 seconds, demonstrating a real-world data transfer rate of some 22MB/sec.

The NetDisk CD also contains software that allows you to manage access to the disk -- critical when the device is connected to the shared Ethernet network. The software is simple to use and doesn't do anything else.

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Neat, simple to use and attractively styled, Ximeta's NetDisk could be just the ticket for mobile storage, backup and supplementary storage of, for example, multimedia files.

Specifications

General
Capacity 80 GB
Interface USB 2.0 / 100Base-T
Buffer Size 2 MB
Weight 3.09 lbs
Power Device
Type power adapter
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Interface Provided
Qty 1
Connector Type 4 pin USB Type B, RJ-45
Storage Interface Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX, USB 2.0
Interface Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX, USB 2.0
Hard Drive
Interface Type USB 2.0 / Ethernet 100Base-T
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Hard Drive Type external hard drive
External Drive Type desktop
Storage Interface USB 2.0 / Ethernet 100Base-T
Interface Ethernet 100Base-T, USB 2.0
Average Seek Time 8.9 ms
Track-to-Track Seek Time 0.8 ms
Average Latency 4.17 ms
Buffer Size 2 MB
Performance
Seek Time 8.9 ms (average)
Interface Transfer Rate 100 Mbps (Ethernet 100) / 480 Mbps (USB 2.0)
Average Latency 4.17 ms
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Track-to-Track Seek Time 0.8 ms
Expansion & Connectivity
Interfaces 1 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
1 x USB 2.0 - 4 pin USB Type B
Storage Controller (2nd)
Type none
Software & System Requirements
System Requirements Details Windows 2000/XP - Pentium II - 233 MHz - RAM 64 MB (USB)
Windows 98 SE - Pentium II - 233 MHz - RAM 64 MB (USB)
Red Hat Linux 9.0 - Pentium II - 233 MHz - RAM 64 MB (USB)
MacOS X 10.2 - PowerPC G4 RAM 128 MB (USB)
MacOS X 10.3 - PowerPC G3 RAM 128 MB (USB)
Software Included Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements
OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.2, Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Red Hat Linux 9
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 122 °F
Humidity Range Operating 5 - 90%
Header
Brand XIMETA
Product Line XIMETA NetDisk
Model NDU10-80
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility Mac, PC
External Hard Drive
Interface Speed 100 Mbps (Ethernet 100) / 480 Mbps (USB 2.0)
Dimensions & Weight
Width 4.7 in
Depth 8.3 in
Height 1.5 in
Weight 3.09 lbs
Bay Required
Type none
Slot Required
Type none
Cable Details
Type USB cable, network cable
Form Factor external
Included Qty 1
Software
Type Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements Details
Operating System MacOS X 10.2, MacOS X 10.3, Red Hat Linux 9.0, Windows 2000/XP, Windows 98 SE
Comments USB
Processor Type Pentium II, PowerPC G3, PowerPC G4
Processor Speed 233 Hz
Min RAM Size 128 MB, 64 MB
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 1 year

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