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Post#1 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:48 am

What NAS you guys running? I need to pick one up. Something that I can use as my main storage, so I stop having to move stuff from machine to machine everytime I format or upgrade. It doesn't need to be an extreme performance thing, just a way of keeping all my pictures, music, movies, etc stored in a single location for both the wife and I. I want to run RAID 5. Minimum of 2 TB (total) and I don't think I'd ever need more than 8 TB. Security is probably the highest priority.

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Post#2 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:21 am

Drobo, Snyology, or QNAP are the best prosumer NAS around. Read up on them and see which features you actually need.

As for HDs go with Western Digital Reds or HGST NAS drives. Can find either of them on sale pretty often.

*EDIT* - If you have Amazon Prime I highly recommend using Amazon Drive to store all your pictures. It's unlimited storage for photos to all prime users.
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Post#3 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:30 am

Ryan's steering you right. I've got a Synology 1511+ I've been using for a few years now, using WD Reds. That's likely more than you need/want, but I got it for the iSCSI, expandibility, and hot spare capabilities which you probably don't need. It also has a ton of other slick bonuses, Security Camera NVR, Multimedia services, web services, etc... Slick unit.

If you really want RAID 5, then probably the DS414, with 4x2TB drives (~6TB usable) you'd be at $875. But if you want to save some money you could just go for the WD My Cloud 12TB (mirrored config gets you ~6TB usable) for about $675.

I would steer clear of Buffalo for NAS devices, personal experience is clunky interface and less than stellar quality hardware.

Experience and opinion tells me to suggest Synology.

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Post#4 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:22 am

Been very happy with my Drobo 5N. Running the WD Red 3TB NAS drives. Running my media server (plex), torrent client, mail server, etc right off the NAS unit (linux based). Has endless amount of applications. Currently setting up my openvpn on it as well. Unit I have also has slots available for mSATA if you are doing high performance caching is needed above and beyond the 64mb from the drives themselves. Also has built in battery backup for graceful shut down in event of power loss. This is all fully redundant (riad 5 / 10) with hot spare capability as well.

These really dropped in price which allowed me to jump at it. I paid 479 for the unit and got a 3 pack of the 3tb drives for 299.

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