Re: Need work server: External hard drive or dedicated computer?
I meant with the RAID setup, it's a backup for one hard drive failure. I have a separate backup in place as well. LOTS of redundancy.
For clarification, we are in construction, interior design, store planning. We only have about 50 GB of files, mainly CAD files, SketchUp files and spreadsheets.
My computer is the CAD computer and doesn't run files directly off of the DLink. The CAD files and SketchUp files are stored locally and then one-way backed up to the DLink. It's faster this way, as well as safer for backing up. I also don't have to worry about an employee accidentally deleting or moving a file. I'm the only one who modifies these files, so there is no need for them to get into them except to view them if need be.
The DLink works well for some basic file sharing, but when working with .pdf's, pictures, etc. it can get a little slow. We compile large digital "spec. books" that hold all of the .pdf's for every piece of equipment we place in a store we're designing and this is when it can become sluggish. Some of it is software-related, as we are using just an OK .pdf complier/editor, but I can't help but think a new system might be needed beyond the simple DLink.
Now that i think about it, maybe all we need is gigabit networking. I'm the only one wired into the router. But even that isn't terribly fast. I'm just about to run a LAN speed test to find out of REAL speeds.