updated 09:10 am EDT, Thu March 22, 2007
Hammer myshare Drive
Hammer Storage this morning became a heavyweight in media backup drives with the myshare network storage device. The enclosure holds a pair of hard drives and serves as a central hub for a home's files regardless of the computer or device: no software is needed to access the drive from a Linux, Mac, or Windows PC, and any computer can access those same contents through the Web. Two USB ports also let the hub share printers or backup and share any outside USB storage.
Capacity is one of the device's strongest points, Hammer says: up to an unprecedented 2TB of storage is an option, with the pair of drives set up either as a RAID stripe for contiguous space, a mirror for safety, or as individual hard disks. A 1TB version of the myshare is shipping now for $499, as are versions with storage as modest as 320GB for less demanding users. The 2TB edition should be ready in August.