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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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Processor1.6 GHz Intel Atom
RAM2 GB SDRAM
Hard Drive1024 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 5
Brand NameAcer
Item model numberAH340-UA230N
Hardware PlatformXXX
Operating SystemWindows Home Server
Item Weight11.5 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H7.20 x 8 x 8.50 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Flash Memory Size256
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
  
Additional Information
ASINB001WGX15W
Best Sellers Rank #22,548 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight15.2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 15, 2009
  
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The Acer Aspire Home Server creates an easy and reliable way to store, access and share files, as well as back up home PCs. Some of the key specifications are as follows: 1. The sever is small and stylish with a trendy, contemporary black color. 2. Blue LED’s enhance overall design 3. Reliable protection which includes "Headless Design", Recovery/reset pinhole, McAfee® Total Protection™ Service, Smart file backup and recovery, Incremental PC system backup and recovery, 4. Convenient expandability which includes Up to 4 hot-swappable SATA HDD bays, USB 2.0 and e-SATA drive addition, Windows® Home Server Drive Extender, DNLA media sharing, One-touch USB copy, Windows® Home Server community free web hosting service 5. 24/7 performance which includes, Intel® Atom™ Processor 230, Windows® Home Server, Lights out

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Designed for households and home-based businesses with multiple PCs, the Acer Aspire EasyStore home server (model AH340-UA230N) offers a simple way to network home computers, centralize, share and protect digital data as well as access it remotely from anywhere in the world. The EasyStore AH340 comes with a 1 TB hard drive, but it also includes three additional hot-swappable hard drive bays that enable expansion up to 7 TB--providing more than enough room for filing, storing and backing up a vast library of songs, videos, photos, games and documents.

Spec Check
  • Intel Atom Processor 230
  • Microsoft Windows Home Server
  • 1 TB Hard Drive
  • 2 GB DDR2 Memory
  • 3 hot swappable hard drive bays
  • 5 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 eSATA Port
  • Gigabit Ethernet


The Acer Aspire EasyStore AH340 home server offers a compact footprint and stylish blue LED status lights (see a larger view of the features).


It includes three hot-swappable hard drive bays with simple, easy access to the drives (see a larger view; also see a view of the rear of the server).
Offering a compact footprint of just 7.8 x 7.1 inches, the EasyStore AH340 is both stylishly and functionally designed with a piano black bezel that's complemented soft blue LED status lights. It's powered by an Intel Atom processor 230, and it features 2 GB DDR2 memory, 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, one eSATA port, and five USB 2.0 ports. The one-touch USB copy function enables quick file uploading--just plug in a USB device, push the button on the EasyStore AH340, and the data is automatically sorted and stored by file type into designated folders.

The Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system centralizes digital media in one location, making it easy to access files, photos, videos and music from any PC on your network. It also protects critical data by creating an image-based backup of every home computer every day, so you can restore a single file or an entire PC. With Windows Home Server, users can access the home network from the office or the road, for full access to their files and applications, just as if they were sitting in front of their home PC.

The hot swappable HDD cage enables you to increase your data storage by adding up to three 3.5-inch internal hard drives--allowing you to max out your storage capabilities at an amazing 7 TB (yes, that's terabytes). The cage is outfitted with release levers for each drive to keep them secure. In addition, a recovery/reset pinhole provides additional data protection by enabling system restores and data recoveries with just one-touch.

The server works with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 Certified Home Server (DMS) and digital media player (DMP) to enable music playback as well as photo and video viewing on a TV. For internet security, the EasyStore AH340 comes with a 60-day free trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite 2008.

24/7 Global Access to Your Data
The Aspire easyStore offers a variety of networking benefits inside the home as well as remotely. For example, parents can access their children's homework while traveling for business. They can also upload videos and photos from sports events or summer vacations to the server, even while away from home. At any time, from anywhere, every family member with a PC in the home network can access photos, videos, music and other documents from the home server.

This centralization of digital data saves significant time by eliminating the need to transfer data from one PC to another, every time someone wants a photo, video or other document that's stored on another PC. It's also a safeguard. If a netbook or notebook is damaged, lost or stolen, users don't lose their data along with it, since it's backed up at home. In addition, when a new system is added to the network, it's quick and easy to upload data from the computer to the server.

Customer Reviews

Then a year and two months later, it just died.
Guido Henkel
Microsoft will be releasing a free virus product (formerly one care) in the very near future and I'm sure the server can survive that long.
pcx99
It works as advertised, Very easy to set up and use.
Scouter Bob

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

249 of 259 people found the following review helpful By famousdavis VINE VOICE on June 29, 2009
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QUICK SUMMARY: Acer's server, when configured correctly, provides home users and small offices a powerful solution for automated backups, restores, remote access and media server capability. However, configuring this server can be challenging, and Acer makes little effort to help its customers. Microsoft's Windows Home Server is a terrific -- and stable! -- operating system. Add a 2nd hard drive, too, and you've got redundant data storage. Cautiously recommended.

*** 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.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By TobycW on June 18, 2009
I've been disappointed with a couple of inexpensive network storage devices in the recent past and when this product was available, I jumped at the chance. When you consider that the 1TB hard drive is worth about $100 and the Windows Home Server is worth a little over $100, that means the hardware itself costs you about $200. That is a deal if you ask me. Here is what I like about it.

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.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Cary L. Kassebaum on December 10, 2009
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I bought this unit and found that it works beautifully. However after three months the hardware failed and I found that Acer simply will not honor the warranty. Endless Emails to obstruct, such as wanting the serial number no less than three times. (I even scanned the number and sent it to them.) There is no way to penetrate their system to talk with a live person and each Email response seems to be written by a person who has not seen any of the previous Emails. This server does not even appear on Acer's repair site. Buyers should realize that this is a good unit but that they will either have to throw it out or pay for repairs, regardless of any "warranty." For me, Acer was an expensive mistake and will be replaced by something from a more reputable company.Acer Aspire AH340-UA230N Home Server
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2009
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There aren't many purpose-built Windows Home Server systems available. I've tried the HP 485 also, and I prefer the Acer. I haven't measured the power consumption directly, but the Atom processor should use less power. More importantly though, it is much quieter than the HP.

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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