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New To The Charts: Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive - Cloud Edition

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Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud EditionThe Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition has been added to the NAS Charts.

The HMNHD-CE is a revamp of Iomega's earlier attempt at an entry-level Mom and Pop friendly NAS with lots of media handling features.

The new version is not just a firmware update of the old. Iomega probably realized that the original was really was too underpowered even for a consumer NAS. So while they stuck with PLX / Oxford, they traded up from the OXE810SE in the original, to a 600 MHz dual-core NAS 7820.

Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition

Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition

RAM size has also been raised, from 64 to 256 MB. There is no flash, the OS sits on the hard drive on its own EXT3 formatted partition. The data partition is formatted XFS.

LAN connection is via a single Gigabit Ethernet port that does not support jumbo frames. There are USB 2.0 ports front and rear for storage expansion and connecting a printer to share.

HMNHD-CE front and rear panels

HMNHD-CE front and rear panels

The HMNHD-CE's noise was very low since it has no fan. But I could clearly hear the Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB (ST32000542AS) drive inside click and spin up and down when it exited and entered power saving drive spindown. Power draw measured a miserly 8 W with the drive spun up and 4W after a programmable idle period (5, 15, 30, 60 minutes).

Here's quick summary of the features:

  • SMB and AFP network file systems
  • User level folder access control
  • FTP / TFTP server
  • WebDAV over HTTP/S
  • USB print server
  • iTunes server
  • UPnP AV / DLNA media server
  • BitTorrent download service
  • Push-button and backup of attached USB drive
  • TZO Dynamic DNS for remote access
  • System logs
  • Email alerts
  • Apple Time Machine backup
  • Scheduled and immediate to local shares, attached drives, SMB network shares, rsync targets and Mozy Home and Amazon S3 cloud

The HMNHD-CE's real claim to fame is its ability form private clouds with other Iomega "Cloud Edition" NASes. The HMNHD is just the first; "CE" versions of Iomega's ix2 and ix4 NASes are also coming soon. Iomega has come up with a significantly different approach than PogoPlug, Tonido and Axentra. So we'll be doing a full review over on SmallCloudBuilder soon.

Tests were run with latest 3.0.9.36172 firmware using our standard test process. The Benchmark summary below shows Windows File copy write around 32 MB/s and read at 51 MB/s. NASPT File Copy benchmarks typically yielded different results with higher write (49 MB/s) and read (59MB/s). The tougher NASPT Directory Copy tests yielded a pretty low 4 MB/s in both directions.

HMNHD-CE Benchmark summary

HMNHD-CE Benchmark summary

The drive doesn't support iSCSI, but I was able to run backup tests to my standard Iomega UltraMax Pro Desktop Hard Drive configured in RAID 0 as the USB device. FAT and NTFS formated results were similar at 15 and 12 MB/s respectively.

For competitive comparison, I ran File Copy Write and Read charts filtered for single-drive NASes. The results show that Iomega has brought the HMNHD-CE closer to single-drive Marvell Kirkwood powered products like the QNAP-TS110 and Synology DS110j.

File Copy Write Comparison - single bay NASes

File Copy Write Comparison - single bay NASes

And it beats the just-reviewed LG N1A1 handily. The CE is currently priced closer to $200 than $150. But that gets you 2 TB of storage vs. the N1A1's 1 TB. And once it gets into wider distribution, discounting will start, making the HMNHD-CE a pretty good deal pricewise.

File Copy Read Comparison - single bay NASes

File Copy Read Comparison - single bay NASes

But the real question is how good a job Iomega has done with the HMNHD-CE's cloud features. You can read that story over on SmallCloudBuilder. You can also use the NAS Charts to further explore and compare the Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition's performance.

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Here is how to make the drive stop that loud clicking noise

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4.3
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Reviewed by pcdoc
November 16, 2012
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This has turned out to be a surprisingly good buy. All features work as advertised and the transfer rates not bad.

The only problem I had was the clicking noise from the Seagate hard drive. I took the hard drive out ad updated its firmware from the link here.

http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/223651en

The firmware update utility itself works as long as you are booting off the drive connected directly to a SATA motherboard with the ISO burned on a CD - USB enclosure didn't work and USB booting didn't work for the ISO image.
But at the end, it was all worth it - the drive doesn't do the clicking thing but I don't yet know if the standby feature will work any more.

 

Not so flawed

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3.3
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Reviewed by jh
January 05, 2012
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I've given it a 3 for reliability, as I have only just got the drive and can't comment on that.

It isn't necessary to use the software and driver disk which comes with this. I have set mine up fine under Linux (where I can't run the software even if I wanted to - well not tried WINE). The IP address isn't in the manual as the it is assigned automatically using DHCP. If your computer supports mDNS/avahi/ZeroConf/... then you can enter the device's name into your browser - I can't remember what the default name is, something like HMNHDCE.local. I used nmap to find the IP address, though mdns-scan or avahi-browse would have worked to.

With regard to performance, I have found the performance when accessing the files on the drive to be fine, but the config website and the SSH shell are both quite sluggish (ssh is fine, but takes a while to login).

As for features, I like that it has SSH built in (though you have to enable it). The DLNA media server is very good as is Twonky (http://deviceip:50599). It would be nice if it had a faster processor and could transcode video on the fly. With regard to it powering on automatically when plugged in, simple way to avoid that is to turn the socket off first (not sure why you'd want to plug it in if you don't want to turn it on). Shame there is no NFS.

 

A Seriouly Flawed Piece of Equipment

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Reviewed by Simon Bennett
December 02, 2011
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If you have no idea how a computer works then this is ideal for you. However, if you actually know which end of a mouse is which and can make a cup of coffee without scalding yourself then it's a complete waste of money.

For a start, you *MUST* install the software and drivers to configure it. Why? It's a NAS box. You should be able to type the ip address in a browser session and login there. Oh, but the documentation and manual don't reference these. And then when you do login the interface is vague, not intuitive, slow and takes overly-long for it to refresh the window when you click on an icon in the browser. It is nowhere as easy to use as the Netgear ReadyNas.

Also, as soon as you plug the power cable in it always powers itself up and the only way to turn it off is to login and shut it down via the browser or use the power button on the front - after you've waited almost five minutes for it to come online. There is NO option to disable this *feature* either which is plain stupid.

If you really are desperate and there is positively no other option open to you, then avoid this like the plague and spenf your money on something which has been designed correctly and works.

 

A nice value NAS ..

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Reviewed by Ben
April 18, 2011
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I wonder how this HMNHD-CE is compared to the lastest Iomega ix2-200 CE (35427)? From the reviews, a previous model of ix2-200 (non- CLOUD) does have a worse performance than this HMNHD-CE.