Not having the spare change for an Infrant ReadyNAS (drool) but having a spare 160 gig drive lying around, I decided find a BYOD NAS enclosure.
I looked at a bunch of different enclosures. Ultimately, I settled on the Datago LD1 LanDisk (aka Mapower KC31N). Here's the link to the Mapower site. http://www.mapower.com.tw/mapower/Product.asp?CateID=77&LineID=10
. Although I couldn't find any reviews of the product, I decided to take the plunge because it seemed to be better designed than other BYOD NAS enclosures with respect to cooling.
I purchased it from Provantage for a song (about $70, delivered).
I received the unit yesterday and can report that it more than met my expectations. The enclosure is entirely aluminum and acts as a heat sink (with cooling fins on the side). Although the product literature wasn't clear, the Datago version does have a 40mm cooling fan as well. Overall the build quality is very good and it looks very nice.
Assembling the drive was easier than other drive enclosures I've used. I had it together in less than 10 minutes start to finish.
I then attached it to my computer. At first, I used the USB connection, because I wasn't sure if I could format the hard drive over a LAN connection (I'm now pretty certain you can). After formatting the disk, I unplugged the USB cable and attached the drive with an ethernet cable to my router. I opened Firefox typed in the address and bingo there it was. The literature that comes with the drive leaves a lot to be desired as far as clarity, but the interface itself is very logical. The only thing that stumped me for a few minutes was that after changing the name of unit (so it wouldn't conflict with other LanDisks), the address changed as well.
In any case, I've moved most of my library over to the LanDisk which is now in my AV cabinet connected by ethernet cable to my first ZP. The fan is relatively quiet so I may keep it there.
Perfomance seems quite good for a Sonos application. To give you an idea, I was able to play music stored on the drive while copying music stored elsewhere to it.
Overall, I am very, very pleased with the LanDisk and will probably buy additional units for video storage and streaming. It is an excellent value.