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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 Home Server

I’ve had the Acer Aspire Easystore H340 for some time now. I would say about 3-4 months with good use. I’m using this home server to store anything from client design projects, photos, music, movies, computer system backup, etc…

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and Extra Hard Drives

The Acer Aspire Easystore H340 unit is roughly a quarter of a normal desktop tower in size. The front face of the unit is plastic that’s glossy black and protected with a removable plastic film in the package. That’s to protect it from scratches while packaged. The top and sides of the case is aluminum finished in matte black. The rear of the case is unpainted aluminum… more detailed photos of the Acer Aspire Easystore H340 can be found here.

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and Extra Hard Drives

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and Extra Hard Drives

check out more detailed pictures of the unit on LapadaGallery.com.

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and Extra Hard Drives

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and Extra Hard Drives

I’m not going to bore you with other product descriptions because there’s tons of info on them when doing a Google search. But I will tell you, is that it originally came with a 1TB hard drive with the necessary software to get it running and with three more bays for extra hard drives. And that 1TB of space didn’t last me long at all…

As soon as I got the Home Server up and running I ended up getting a Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA hard drive within a week or two. Backing up everything to the home server takes up a lot of space and I really didn’t realize how much files I have stored away of past and present client projects and photos. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of the WD package. As I couldn’t wait to open it up and start using it…

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and Extra Hard Drives

Again, as soon as I got and installed the Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green HD, I needed a new hard drive because I was running out of space and fast. This time, I decided to get the Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA. What made me go with this product? No reason, other than cost. The Western Digital HD cost more and I really wanted to get something different this time around.

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and Extra Hard Drives

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and Extra Hard Drives

The images provided above show the Seagate Barracuda HD seated in one of the Acer Aspire Easystore hard drive trays. This tray happens to take up bay number three. I love the design of the trays as they don’t need any tools to get them in or out. Pop them (Seagate) in the tray and insert the tray with hard drive into the assigned bay and lock it into place. That’s it. Very user friendly and safe for beginners… having the Home Server to recognize the extra HD and add, was as easy as a couple clicks of the mouse…

The crazy part is I started to run out of space again. I’ve only had this Home Server for 3-4 months and it’s getting full like no other. Like the other drives, I ended getting a different brand hard drive. I bought the Hitachi 2TB Deskstar SATA hard drive. And that was a few weeks ago. The cost was also even lower than the Seagate. But, I got to admit, this drive is pretty noisy. If you like your drives quiet, this is not for you and go with the other brands I mentioned.

Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and Extra Hard Drives

Now that I have a total of 7TB in the Acer Aspire Easystore H340 Home Server and no extra bays left, I still have some time to completely fill it up with important files and not so important files. But that time looks to be coming up soon. I have about 1.2TB left in the Home Server at the time of this post and shrinking. I will soon have to look into other options like the Sans Digital TowerRAID 4 or 8 bay SATA storage enclosures to expand the storage capacity of my Home Server.

The Acer Aspire unit has performed better than expected. At the beginning, there were a few glitches. After a few updates and a reinstall of the software, it has been pretty much flawless. I believe I made the right choice, actually, scratch that. I know I made the right choice. And recommend it to anyone looking for their own Home Server.

…check out more detailed pictures of the unit on LapadaGallery.com because sometimes merchant photos aren’t enough in my opinion and you can never have too much.

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