Looking for some help find a NAS drive.

First of, I do apologize if this has been on the forum before, but I searched and could not find any suggestions with my questions.

Anyways, I am currently looking for a NAS, but I am not very knowledgeable about it. Mostly its to keep data and to stream movies and music to some pc's and to a Xbox 360.

I don't have the funds to build my own, just looking for something simple.

I was thinking about this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822165075

as a good drive, found some good reviews about it, but just wanted to know if there where any other drives that where a decent price and would work. Looking for something around $300, has a 1TB, and hoping for it to have a 1 or 2 USB ports to add externals on it later. Anyways any tips to look for or any suggestions on what to get would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  1. Hi there. The product you've linked to has got 2 500GB drives with will have to be mirrored if you want any kind of redundancy but of course you will only get half the amount of storage. I'd recommend you look at something like a Thecus - they tend to be cheap but also very good little units. There are also the QNAP products but they can be a bit more pricey.

    http://www.majentaonline.co.uk/gbu0-catshow/THECUS.html

    http://www.eaegis.com/items/data-storage/nas/sata/thecus-n4100~complete-4-bay-range/list.htm
  2. Hi,

    You may want to consider getting a NAS enclosure, in which you can put whatever sized HDDs you'd like, thereby giving more flexibility than devices of fixed capacity.

    I personally like D-Link, but YMMV.

    DNS-313 or -323 accepts 2 SATA drives of any size; you could put in 2 1TB drives, mirrored, in either of these devices.

    The DNS-343 accepts 4 SATA drives, and can give you RAID-5.
  3. Thanks for the assistance, the DNS-343 looks pretty good, but a bit pricey. Although I do like the idea of getting my own HDD to put into the NAS. But I am just looking for something that already has the HDD built in. Again just looking for something simple, like the BUFFALO LS-W1.0TGL:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822165075&Tpk=Buffalo

    If I had the funds to build my own NAS I would defiantly use something like DNS-343, 4TB would be nice.

    As for redundancy, honestly don't need it right now, mostly just looking for more storage then anything.

    Anyways, thanks again for the help. Just looking for something simple like that, any more ideas are of course greatly appreciated
  4. Heya,

    Check this out:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822344001

    Throw two of these in there:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148134

    Boom, 1.5 tb storage, USB, eSATA, etc. And it doesn't look like a blocky turd. It looks pretty cool (the box).

    And by the way, if you're worried about having to install it yourself, it's as easy as building a wall in legos. It's plug it in and go.

    Cheers,
  5. Ninja,

    I just came across something that you may like:

    http://www.maxtor.com/en/hard-drive-backup/external-drives/maxtor-central-axis.html

    That thing is really cool. 1tb storage. It's NAS right away. Plugs into your router/hub via ethernet. Has USB port for additional drive to be added to it (or hub with more drives... ding ding ding!). Completely self contained little unit. And it's not a huge bulky box. It's the size of a typical external drive. Very sleek and handy. Check it out! It's under your budget too!

    Very best,
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