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Hey forum, I have recently experienced a HDD crash and lost over 2tb of data. This has made me realise how important it is to have backups and redundancy's.

So I have been looking at NAS boxes and hard drives to go with them and here is what I am thinking of getting.

Netgear READYNAS NV+ v2 (DISKLESS) - RND4000 - $319.00 AUD
http://netgear.com.au/home/products/storage/prosumer/RND4000.aspx
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/rnd4000-100ajs-netgear-rnd4000-readynas-p-50183.html

Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB x 4 - $115.50 AUD Each
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=120
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/wd20earx-western-digital-caviar-green-p-51591.html

This totals to $782 AUD and I will not spend over $800 AUD. My question is this, can I do any better for my budget, performance and reliability wise.

Thanks
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    Is the data so important that it is available 24/7? If not you may not need redundancy. A simple backup to a second hard drive may be all that you need. That could save you money. but if you want a seperate backup server then it's hard to top what you have there. What RAID do you plan to use?
  2. PsyKhiqZero said:
    Is the data so important that it is available 24/7? If not you may not need redundancy. A simple backup to a second hard drive may be all that you need. That could save you money. but if you want a seperate backup server then it's hard to top what you have there. What RAID do you plan to use?


    When it comes to buying something to do a job I usually go overkill so I don't need to upgrade any time soon. I was planning on using RAID 5 but I was going to take at look at ReadyNAS X-RAID 2, I haven't had any experience with RAID before but I have read up on the subject and it seems fairly straight forward. If I understand RAID 5 correctly with this setup I will have 1 drive failure tolerance and about 6TB of usable storage and a 2-3 times increase in read speed.
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