I have found what I thought was the answer to my backup issues. It is a small network attached storage adapter about the size of a pack of cigarettes, into which you plug a standard external USB drive (its powered, so 2.5" drives work) and you also have a Printer server USB port added to the package! I intended to have this solution packed away in a bookshelf somewhere, nicely hidden away from possible prying eyes, so I have a safe, secure backup solution that will work silently, and will not be visible to thieves.
It has a web based administration system, which works fine, but there is one problem that I have with it, which kills most of its functionality:
The NAS formats the drive that is attached to apply its security (otherwise it does not see the drive!). The format does not permit any filename longer than 128 characters (which precludes most of my backup as this includes the path).
Is there any way that this can be adapted to use NTFS permissions? The other restriction is that you can only place the files onto the drive through the network. This is a challenge as it means you need to leave things running for days just to get original 500Gb backup in place. I have a USB HDD that I was going to simply plug in to use.....
No firmware updates or anything available at the Vantec website, or on other forums that Google can pick up!