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HDD Failure, Best NAS Upgrade

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July 3, 2013 2:14:52 AM

I came here to ask what is the best option for a NAS.

What i used in the past was an external WD HDD attached to my comp.
I have been meaning to upgrade to a NAS setup for months now. Its only until now I decided to upgrade because my current HD decided to die on me.

I'm asking the tomshardware community because i have tried to research the idea of getting a NAS but am overwhelmed by all of the options. What with raid, SSD, read and write, bays, backup etc. I'm mostly, if not partly, curious if anyone has a setup they trust and has worked for them for upwards of months or so.

The features I'm upgrading too. Which means I don't mind other features, its just that I am building my next setup to have these features:


  • Network Attached, As opposed to being USB to a comp.
  • FTP, I always liked accessing my project files over the internet.
  • Media Server, As of the past couple of years my family has grown, and so has their space demand for movies and pictures. Having those accessible by game consoles and TVs would make it that much easier for my 6 year old to understand it.
  • Backup, And this is absolutely a must. Seeing as i just lost a ton of project files, pictures, videos, and other data due to my last HD failure, I thought it was a must have this time around.
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    a c 907 G Storage
    July 3, 2013 3:31:48 PM

    thats pretty nice init. Dont forget to order decent drives to go with it; it doesn't come with any. it does support up to 4TB drives and B&H has some Hitachi's on sale if you're looking for that size. $153 + free shipping.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/835055-REG/HGST_0... (3yr warr)

    edit - you'll need 2 drives if you want 1 as a backup.
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    July 3, 2013 4:07:00 PM

    popatim said:
    thats pretty nice init.

    Excellent, So I am to assume that my money is being spent in the right direction.

    Edit: After a lot of research I have found that the "Synology DS212J" Is actually quite awesome and has way more features than i expected. including a DNS server, Camera recording, and a ton of other setups... awesome.
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    a c 907 G Storage
    July 3, 2013 4:16:30 PM

    well in my opinion its much better than an external usb drive yes , and cheaper than building a dedicated nas pc but not as expandable should you need more than 4tb of space.

    edit - and a built in backup feature :-)
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