|Processor||1.6 GHz Intel Atom|
|RAM||2 GB SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||1024 GB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||5|
Acer Aspire AH340-UA230N Home Server
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- Easy-to-use server for home and small business users with 24/7 performance and 1 TB of storage
- Three hot-swappable drive cages provides up to 7 TB of storage when you add optional drives
- One-touch USB copy enables quick file uploading; access server via networked PCs as well as remotely
- Intel Atom processor 230, 2 GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, 5 USB ports, 1 eSATA port
- Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system
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*** SPECIAL NOTE as of December 31, 2010: If you're in the market for a Windows Home Server, you should know about a few announcements that occurred in November, 2010. One, Hewlett-Packard is getting out of the Windows Home Server market. They won't be making HP MediaServer home servers any more. HP sold the most number of Windows Home Servers, and people are speculating whether this move will effectively kill the Windows Home Server market. Two, Microsoft announced that they are removing Drive Extender from the next version of Windows Home Server (Version 2, code named Vail, which will be released in 2011; Drive Extender technology is included with WHS Version 1, which runs these Acer servers). Drive Extender is a critical piece of technology that allows you to easily add more hard drives to your server, have a single pool of storage for all your data, and it provides for data redundancy (so if one hard drive crashes, your data is kept on a 2nd hard drive, provided you've added at least one more hard drive to your server). Microsoft will provide full support to this version of WHS until January, 2013, and then it will not be supported any longer - no bug fixes or security enhancements.Read more ›
1. compact size. just a little nondescript box that you place anywhere you have an ethernet port. I put mine in the basement because it is cool down there year round and humidity is controlled.
2. 4 drive bays for plenty of storage. The trays are simple but effective. You have the option of hotswapping the drives although I probably would never use that feature. I do like that the drives are easily accessible. My main desktop has IcyHot trays and it cost me a small fortune for 4. Also, the home server software manages your data almost like RAID. You can configure which folders you want duplicated and it will put the data on different HDs for maximum protection.
3. low energy. I think idle energy consumption is about 50Watts. I leave this thing on all the time (how it was intended). You do not need a mondo processor for file serving.
4. internet access. Microsoft allows you to register your home server free of charge with an address of (name).homeserver.com. I can access my home server at work or out and about using the internet.
5. WHS. This OS is based on Windows Server 2003, a mature product. You control it via a console that you install on any computer you want. You can also control it via remote desktop. As WHS becomes more popular, you will see a load of aftermarket support for it. Right now, there is enough to get by.Read more ›
The case design seems very sensible. It is shorter than the HP, but a couple of inches wider. This is partly because there's a big 120mm fan on the right side, blowing air directly at the 4 drive bays as well as the motherboard at the bottom.
Mine came with a Western Digital Green drive. It was the WD10EAVS version which I believe is a budget model (only 8MB cache), but I'm inclined to trust it more than the Seagate 7200.11 drive which comes with the HP.
I did have one problem but this was more of a documentation error. It happened when I tried to do a server recovery (I didn't need to, I just wanted to make sure I knew how.) This consists of starting the Server Recovery CD on a connected computer, then rebooting the server and hitting the reset switch. Or so the instructions said - but I kept getting the "Server Not Found" error. It took a long time to wade through Acer's technical support phone system - the first two people on the line seemed to think I was dealing with a desktop computer - but after 20 minutes they finally transferred me to someone with access to the necessary information. It turns out that to put it in reset mode, you have to turn off the server, press and *hold* the reset button (with a paperclip), hit the power button, *then* after several seconds, release the reset button. Even after that, I had to keep hitting the "back" button on the recovery software and retrying, but after a couple of minutes it found the server, and the recovery went smoothly from there.
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Got this a while back, it is a great product not sure why it's not catching on in the market. It backs up all the PCs in my house so no issues if any one of them dies unexpectedly. Read morePublished 9 months ago by King Leks
I recived the little server and I put a few drives in it but it would not boot. I tried to reload the OS on it and still nothing so I talked to Amazon and I returned it.Published on August 23, 2013 by valfam
Having tried Acer products in one revision of the Company or another, i decided to give this a a try figuring maybe they got something right.. HA, yah right.. Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Arnok666
I have used this WHS V.1 server since about June of 2009 and I've greatly enjoyed the flexibility that Windows Home Server has afforded me. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by J. Gower
I own two Acer laptops and an Acer Aspire Easystore H340. After this experience, I will never buy another Acer product. Words of warning on the unit itself:
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Mine worked for a few months, then died (red error light on front went on). I sent it in for warranty service (at MY expense, $50) and when I got it back it was EXACTLY the same as... Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Movie Guy
This server was great while it lasted. Easy to set up, no problems. Then a year and two months later, it just died. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Guido Henkel
If I were reviewing this hardware/software combination strictly on it's own merits, I would have offered five stars. It is a thoughtfully designed, very useful piece of equipment. Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by Peter L. Dworkin