SilverStone NS312 Networkable Hard Drive Enclosure

Written by: Maxwell Anderson
Date: June 13th, 2010
Rating: 8.3 out of 10
Page: 1

As time goes on, file sizes just seem to be getting bigger, don’t they? Not for anything specific, just.. everything. Video files, music files, pictures, applications, operating systems – they all are getting bigger. There are two main reasons for this: more people getting broadband internet and thus being able to share bigger files, and bigger hard drive sizes for smaller prices. Because of humongous hard drive sizes for small prices, we can save more stuff, which is awesome, ’cause no one likes to send stuff to the recycle bin. No one.

Imagine now that you could have your cake and it too. Except, your cake is a huge hard drive filled with cool stuff and instead of eating it, you can have multiple computers accessing it without that particular hard drive being setup inside a computer designated to be a file server. You following?

SilverStone, the premier maker of awesome (and awesome-looking) computer cases, has come out with another hard drive enclosure. This time, though, it’s not JUST a simple enclosure. It’s more like an enclosure that pimps out the enclosed hard drive to up to 30 computers. Still not following? Okay, let me put it simple: It’s an NAS, which stands for “Network Attached Storage.” Basically, you hook this thing up to your network, and it lets up to 30 computers hook up to it for file transfers. Perhaps you’re thinking, “wait, this isn’t anything new, file servers have been around 4ever!” Partially correct you would be, but this is no ordinary file server. This file server measures in at only 14cm x 5cm x 23cm (W*H*L), or approximately 98.25 cubic inches, which is about the same displacement as, say, four standard DVD cases stacked together. That’s not very much. In fact, it’s pretty small, and that’s why this product is cool. It’s a full file server in the space of about 4 DVDs.

Alright, so there’s the box, and here’s everything that comes with the NAS:

I’d like to point out that I have only a vague idea of what those rubber things are for. I think they’re for putting on the inside, next to/against the hard drive to reduce vibration. I didn’t need them, so I didn’t use them. Anyway…

Here are the specifications, acquired from SilverStone’s website:

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Now that I’ve got you convinced of the sweetness behind the idea of the product, I guess you might be interested in knowing if this particular NAS is any good. Lucky for you, I did some testing on the SilverStone NS312, and can tell you just how worthy of your money it is.

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