TECH best easy to use NAS?

blinger

I just want to plug it in, do some initial configuration, and go!

atleast 2 terabytes, something hot swappable if possible, etc.

are the seagate black armors anygood?
 

DAN513

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Mar 10, 2003
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I'm on my second Drobo, both of which have been great to use and set up, reliable, etc. My next NAS (when I outgrow the 17TB one I have now) will likely be a Synology. Biggest reason is that speed on the Drobo's isn't that great. I seem to max out around 55MB/sec, which I think is pretty low for a Gbit network. I also use newsgroups and the synology's have native support for .nzb files.
 

f/2.8L

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Oct 1, 2004
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The Seagate Black Armor is very good, as is the Drobo. I have 1 of each and like them both for different reasons.
 

dissonance

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May 23, 2006
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Posted not knowing your usage...

Personally, I don't think those are very useful if you plan on storing any video or other large file types. You're going to fill the drives and have to buy another NAS+drives. Before you know it you're going to have several, each costing a fair amount of money. Why not just spend that cash on a decent/good internal RAID controller and double a desktop as a file server as well.

If you need hot-swap:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121405

My (full) tower can accommodate 17 HDDs and I still have 3 slots for opticals/etc using those bays. Add in a 16 port RAID controller and you have much more flexibilty and future options. (17 drives = 1 OS/prog drive, 1 hot spare, and 3x5 disc RAID-5 groups)
 

thekraft

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Mar 2, 2005
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Posted not knowing your usage...

Personally, I don't think those are very useful if you plan on storing any video or other large file types. You're going to fill the drives and have to buy another NAS+drives. Before you know it you're going to have several, each costing a fair amount of money. Why not just spend that cash on a decent/good internal RAID controller and double a desktop as a file server as well.

If you need hot-swap:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121405

My (full) tower can accommodate 17 HDDs and I still have 3 slots for opticals/etc using those bays. Add in a 16 port RAID controller and you have much more flexibilty and future options. (17 drives = 1 OS/prog drive, 1 hot spare, and 3x5 disc RAID-5 groups)

That sounds fucking nuts. I love it.
 

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