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    NAS Box , slow on home network

    Just an explanation needed really as I understand there is no cure

    I have 2 PCs one with XP Pro, one with XP Home networked via an ORIGO Router.

    I recently bought (very cheap) a Maxtor Shared Storage Plus 320 gb NAS box for backups and storage. It works very well except for the fact that it is slow...............

    If I transfer a file between PCs the utilisation is up around 60 - 70% but between a PC and the NAS box its down to 25 - 30%

    There are no errors to speak of and I've tried swapping ports etc.

    The NAS box is Linux I believe and there is an open version of the software Here but my knowledge of that operating system is nil.

    Where or what is the bottleneck?

    Thanks

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    well do you have it set to full duplex 100mbits?



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    Quote Originally Posted by phishhead View Post
    well do you have it set to full duplex 100mbits?

    The router? Yes

    The NAS box? I'm not sure how I can tell............when I was an engineer you didn't wear flip flops on your feet they were circuit boards you put into an electro/mechanical device. Eight of them made a byte

    I'll investigate but I guess I'll have to learn a something about Linux first.

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    NAS boxes contain a smaller version of the software which is usually not up to date or even complete. The Linux implementation of SMB / CIFS is obviously not the same as MS versions and errors occur during file transfers slowing them down. NAS boxes are not really made for ultimate speed just as a storage solution.

    If you are just using a PC as a NAS solution not a proprietary NAS box then I would either use Windows on it or a full version of an up to date Linux - probably Ubuntu for ease of use.
    I'm using Windows 7 - you got a problem with that?

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    You shouldn't expect the same response speeds from any external drive as you get with any internal drive.

    The only efficient use of a NAS drive is backup. It will always disappointment if you attempt to use it as a work drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by efc View Post
    You shouldn't expect the same response speeds from any external drive as you get with any internal drive.

    The only efficient use of a NAS drive is backup. It will always disappointment if you attempt to use it as a work drive.
    It's working fine as a backup device, if a little slow...............

    I have found it's forte though. just recently I was given an old Xbox and following a guide on another forum converted it into a brilliant media centre using XBMC. The NAS box integrated very easily with it and I have a stack of divx files that play flawlessly on the Xbox which is connected via a high def cable to my TV

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    I am not a gamer but that sounds like a great tip to those that are.
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