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Adding More Home Network Storage

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Adding more storage…to your home network. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. More and more households have multiple PCs sharing a high speed Internet connection. If you do, it's a good idea to designate a single hard drive on one of the computers where you store your digital photos, music and other files you might want to share. It's fairly simple to set up your wired or wireless network to allow the sharing. An alternative…is to use the kind of network attached storage businesses have used for years. Ximeta makes what it calls the NetDisk, an external hard drive that can plug into a PC's USB port….or directly into a router so it can be easily shared. Ximeta's Susan Kim…

"Everyday, even mainstream consumers are downloading music, movies and they have home photos and videos they'd like to capture and be able to store. And the beauty of our product is that because it's on the network, basically, you don't have to be buying all these external drives per computer."

You'll need to load drivers on each computer on your network to access the NetDisk. That adds a measure of security to your files. Pricing starts at about 150 dollars for an 80 gigabyte NetDisk. If you're simply looking for an external drive to attach to a single PC, for extra storage or backing up, Maxtor's OneTouch drives may be a better choice. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.