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March 13, 2012 6:29:03 AM

Hi everyone,

I recently put together my first system with Windows Home Server installed. My question is I currently have a Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo. I have had this NAS for a couple of years and it has done it's job. I have never been happy with transfer speeds when transferring to or from the NAS. But the speeds have been acceptable. Now that I have the server I am wondering if it would be better to just take the two 500GB drives out of the NAS and install them in the server. I started the server with only a single Terabyte drive. I didn't want to buy a bunch of drives to later decide I didn't like the setup.

Here are the options I have come up with:

1. Keep the Buffalo NAS and buy drives for the server
2. Take apart the NAS and install the two 500 GB drives in the server
3. Sell the NAS and buy new drives for the server.

Thanks in advance for the help. - Mike



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March 13, 2012 12:11:14 PM

It completely depends on what is important to you. If all you want is fast transfers, move the drives. If the files on the NAS are files that you share throughout your home or workplace, leave them on the NAS so they will be available even if your server is rebooting.

If you value your data, you might install a new drive in your server and set up backups to the NAS. Or is the WHS machine going to be your backup server?
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March 13, 2012 8:10:00 PM

WyomingKnott said:
It completely depends on what is important to you. If all you want is fast transfers, move the drives. If the files on the NAS are files that you share throughout your home or workplace, leave them on the NAS so they will be available even if your server is rebooting.

If you value your data, you might install a new drive in your server and set up backups to the NAS. Or is the WHS machine going to be your backup server?


Thanks for your reply. My plan is to have the server be the main storage for our files and media. Mostly media though, pictures, movies, music etc. (I also recently ventured in to the HTPC world). The reasons I have thought of putting the drives into the server are a.) Drive prices are too high right now b.) One less piece of equipment and c.) The transfer speeds of the Buffalo Linkstation are bad compared to what I am getting from the server.

So if it's just a preference thing I am leaning towards going ahead and breaking it down and using the drives in the server.
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