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Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive 500GB review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £116
inc VAT


1 disk bays, 500GB storage supplied, 1x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

Iomega’s Home Media drive has an attractive brushed-metal case and can be positioned either vertically or horizontally with the included stand.

Configuring it is straightforward thanks to the uncluttered and well-labelled setup utility and web configuration interface.

By default, there’s no administrator password to protect the settings from other people on your network, so you should add one immediately. You can’t organise users into groups for easier administration, but this is only a problem if you have lots of users.

It worked flawlessly as a UPnP media server, but iTunes refused to recognise it as a music server. We had no trouble using the Home Media drive to share a USB printer or the contents of a USB disk across our network. We were surprised by the lack of an FTP server, making this one of only two NAS devices here without this capability. As there’s no remote access feature either, you can’t easily access your files over the internet.

Although the Home Media drive is one of the cheapest NAS devices here, with a cost of just 24p per gigabyte, it performed well in our file-transfer benchmarks. Whether copying large or small files, it tended to be faster at reading files than writing them. It wrote large files at 14.3MB/s and read them at 24.6MB/s. Small files were written at just under 13MB/s and were read at 22MB/s.

EMC’s Retrospect backup software is included. This useful program can back up your files according to a schedule and copy only those files that have changed since the last backup. It’s one of the better backup programs included with a NAS in this roundup.

Iomega’s Home Media NAS is quick and affordable, although it’s not suitable if you want to access your files over the internet. It’s good value, but if you can stretch your budget a little further, Western Digital’s My Book World Edition is even better. It has twice the storage for just £12 more.

Basic Specifications

Price £116
Rating ****


Capacity 500GB
Formatted capacity 461GB
Default file system ext3
Price per gigabyte £0.23
Interface SATA 300
3.5in drive bays 1
Free 3.5in drive bays 0
RAID modes N/A


Ethernet ports 1
USB direct access ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other USB ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other ports none


Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play support yes
UPnP media server yes
iTunes yes
Print server yes
USB disk server yes
Web server no
FTP server no
Protocols supported TCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, AFP


Size 124x42x199mm
Weight 1.1kg
Vertical positioning yes
Ethernet cable included yes
Additional features none
Power consumption idle 13W
Power consumption active 15W

Buying Information

Price £116
Warranty two years RTB

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