The Storcenter is Iomega’s latest network hard disk, providing a terabyte of storage that can be accessed from anywhere on the network.
As well as the usual Ethernet connection the unit includes a pair of USB ports on the back into which can be plugged another hard disk, a USB memory key or a printer, which will then be shared across the network. Speed-wise the unit is nothing special – we got speeds of up to 12MB per second, meaning it took about a minute and 40 seconds to copy 1GB.
The Storcenter can act as a print server: plug in a USB printer and it can share the printer over the network, although we found it difficult to set up the print-sharing facility.
A copy of the business backup software EMC Retrospect is supplied with the unit, and Iomega’s excellent discovery tool makes it simple to attach all the computers on the network to the disk.
The price of the Storcenter 1TB is average. Performance is likewise middling, but it is an easy to use network hard disk.
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