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    Right guys, I could use some help

    Looking for a stand alone external hard-drive to store my songs and movies on that I have downloaded off iTunes.
    The Hard-drive must be at least 1TB but 2 or 3TB would be better.

    As I'm at university halls, they do not allow routers or any form of sharing your internet connection between multiple devices.

    I need a hard-drive that can create it's own wireless network without an ethernet cable so me and my flat mates can watch/listen to the movies and music on that drive. (I will transfer all the files from my laptop so would prefer USB 3.0)

    I also need it to be password encrypted and Easy to use & Easy to set up.
    Price is not a factor but it does need to look nice.

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by Rusty360)
    Right guys, I could use some help

    Looking for a stand alone external hard-drive to store my songs and movies on that I have downloaded off iTunes.
    The Hard-drive must be at least 1TB but 2 or 3TB would be better.

    As I'm at university halls, they do not allow routers or any form of sharing your internet connection between multiple devices.

    I need a hard-drive that can create it's own wireless network without an ethernet cable so me and my flat mates can watch/listen to the movies and music on that drive. (I will transfer all the files from my laptop so would prefer USB 3.0)

    I also need it to be password encrypted and Easy to use & Easy to set up.
    Price is not a factor but it does need to look nice.

    Thanks in advance
    As far as I know, no such thing exists. I may be wrong (feel free to correct me if I am), but I have never seen an external hard drive that acts as a wireless NAS.
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    If you want 3TB you're probably looking at a NAS device rather than just a disk enclosure. I believe some Nas's can be used over wireless however you might have to buy the right sort of wireless adapter.

    In terms of a wireless network it's likely you may only be able to get an ad-hoc network setup. If you've got several people trying to stream movies you'll probably find it doesn't work that well as there won't be enough bandwidth.

    In terms of disks I'd recommend using Raid 5. This requires at least three drives and gives you the capacity of all drives except 1. One drive is used to parity information meaning if one drive fails you don't loose anything. You could achieve the 3TB by using 4x 1TB drives.

    Best capacity is reached through raid0 but if any drive fails you loose all data.
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    an ad hoc set up suits me fine, as long as I can access it from a laptop.
    any ideas which drives to go for?
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    Just get an old ADSL router and plug a NAS into that. You can connect by wired to the Halls network and wireless to the Router/NAS.
 
 
 
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