Bringing your digital home together The Aspire easyStore H340 is a wonderfully compact home appliance that lets you store, protect, share and grow your digital library with family and friends. Powered by the efficient Intel® Atom processor and controlled by the secure Windows Home Server OS, the Aspire easyStore H340 keeps all your files safe and backs up your home PCs.
Additional features include a convenient hot-swappable HDD bay, one-touch USB backup for quick file uploading from your favorite portable device, Lights Out standby and resume time scheduler and support for DLNA-enabled entertainment appliances.
Keep everything in one place With plenty of storage space and intuitive software for your music, photos and videos in a central location, the Aspire easyStore H340 makes file management a piece of cake.
Reliable, 24-7 protection Software-aided automatic daily PC and file backup and a quick and simple recovery process make sure all your files are safe and sound. Additionally, dependable antivirus software wards off malicious Internet code.
Share anytime, anywhere Enjoy media files with family and friends at home or away by enabling remote access to the Aspire easyStore H340 or setting up a secure personal web address on the Windows Home Server website.
It's your choice Expand your digital library by adding internal or external hard drives as you wish. The hot-swappable drive feature presents a no-hassle approach to increasing storage space, while the Windows Home Server Drive Extender simplifies drive management by consolidating all hard drive letters into one single letter.
- by David_W @Mar 24, 2009
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Operating System Support
Microsoft Windows Home Server
Network Client OS
Windows Vista Windows XP
1. OS pre-loaded HDD does not support hot-swapping. 2. System weight varies according to configuration. The weight quoted is for a typical configuration
Disclaimer: * The hard drive containing the operating system cannot be hot-swapped. Doing so will cause a system crash. If you want to move the drive to another bay, the system needs to be powered off. Acer is not responsible for problems/damage caused by performing such a procedure. ** Performance is only assured with Acer-approved components. Installation of other components is at your own risk
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I had to reinstall the OS the very first time since it would not boot up. Tip for installation: wait 5 minutes for the network LED to go on before trying to find the server (totally undocumented). The cooling design clearly calls for improvement and may have caused drives to fail. One particular slot was associated with two physical drive failures and one crash leading to non-bootability. Acer tech support tried to be polite and reassuring, but proceeded to put me on hold after 40 minutes and then hung up on me. Calling back meant having to re-communicate a 22-digit alphanumeric serial number and re-explain the situation (I can relate to the Mar'10 review). Acer asked me to send my system to a local repair shop that also handles service for other brands. While the issue pertained to a harddrive slot (ie. backplane or SATA port), they performed no service besides swapping a harddrive which had no indication of failure, and sent the system back intact. Unless you really need this unit, my suggestion is to go with other brands or a DIY build, if only to avoid Acer tech support.
This thing has sleeved cables. I don't think I need to say anymore than that. The attention to detail to just that is enough to warrant my purchase. Not to mention it was fairly easy to setup and the price was pretty good. Not to mention the build quality is stellar for the price point.
I have my own computer business. A competitor sold an h340 to a shop in town and they had nothing but issues. The competitor stopped giving service to the shop so they turned to me. I had to send the unit 3 times to acer within 1 month. First time they didnt change the right part, and the 2 other times they had to change the motherboard. Also Acer Technical Support LVL 1 is in India and they dont even know that the 340 is a server and doesnt have a VGA/mouse/keyboard connection. They tell you to press F8 on startup !!!...anyway...LVL 2 is in USA which isnt much better. For all the hours ive put in that piece of crap the shop gave the unit to me. I sold them a new HP EX495 which is Awesome. No connection problem or anything...and also I know that HP's tech support is 523454325 times better. Again DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. I dont have a ORDERID since I didnt bought it through NCIX, the shop did...so Ill have to quote it 3 stras but its not even worth 1. Also, NCIX has absolutely nothing to do with this unit's problems.
Be sure that if you are doing a wireless network that you are prepared to cable up for the first backup procedure. Large installs or file collections may fail to complete if you have any hiccups in your wireless network. This is for the first backup only, every backup since has been flawless in my case, ymmv.
Great little box for what it does. I have mine streaming videos/music to my popcorn hours C200 and A110. Transfers are around 60-80MB/sec copying to the internal drives. Works with the mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 4bay box plugged into esata to add 4 additional drives.
For the price point this little box is magical. ive had mine for 10 months and ive got it going tons. it downloads my media, sorts it, shares it, and runs nmtserver (a video jukebox for the popcorn hour).
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