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Vistaphobia is Spreading

Category: Hardware Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2009

New Netgear SCT101T Offers High-Speed Disk Access, but not using Vista

Michael L. Berman's Blog
Sept. 4, 2007

Are you Vistaphobic? Is there a part of you that really wants to move up to Microsoft's new operating system, but a little voice inside you tells you "It's made by Microsoft, so cool it and wait for the bugs to disappear"?

Well, you're not alone. Anyone who has tried upgrading to Microsoft Vista has been greeted with a list of software or hardware that "may not work." And, there are many new products on store shelves that suffer from the same phobia.

A prime example of this is Netgear's new Storage Central Turbo SC101T ($199.99), which is a turbocharged network box that can hold up to a terrabyte of hard drive space and give you access to your files at blazing speeds. The one hitch: It's Vistaphobic.

This baby will only run on systems running Windows 2000 (SP4) and Windows XP.

The one I tested was able to handle two 500 gigabyte SATA hard drives without a problem.

The process was simple. All I needed to do was pop the two drives (which don't come with the box) into the SCT101T's drive slots, attach it to my PC using an USB cable, and the PC recognized it immediately and assigned it a drive letter. The only requirement here is that the USB port be USB 2.0 and not 1.1.

Other key features include:

A high-speed gigabit Ethernet connection for those wanting faster speeds than USB 2.0 can deliver.

You can add another Stroage Central Turbo device.

It automatically creates a backup of your data.

It's accessible from any PC or workstation on your network.

You can connect it to a router on your network, eliminating the need for a PC.


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