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Nas Boxes


Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
21 Oct 2013 9:19PM
Any recommendations.

I`ll be looking at getting one once I`ve finished building my new PC.

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22 Oct 2013 12:26AM
Synology seem to make a decent unit Paul, a mate of mine who's an IT professional swears by them.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
22 Oct 2013 12:33AM
Thanks, its just there are so many to choose between Smile
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
22 Oct 2013 8:04AM
Synology regularly come top in the NAS category in PC Pro magazine, although I've never used one myself.
I had a Seagate Black Armor 110, which I got on fine with, it just depends on what you want to do with it, and whether the installed software will allow you to do it. The Seagate worked fine as a network drive and FTP server, but I could never get the media service to work.

Eventually I bought myself an HP Microserver, which was 189 and HP were doing a 100 cashback offer... I stuck some extra 2TB disks in there and I can control what software I use (there's a nifty thing called FreeNAS that you could use, but I use Windows Home Server). I can run other stuff on there as well as my FTP and media servers (eg. webcam monitoring software).
Gundog 1 624 Scotland
22 Oct 2013 9:41AM
I have been using Seagate as well for a few years without complaint - but I couldn't honestly say how it compares with any other make..
thewilliam 6 4.7k
22 Oct 2013 10:34AM
Many NAS boxes use a non-standard format for the stored data, even when the RAID mode is a simple mirror. This might complicate data recovery in the event of a major failure.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
22 Oct 2013 5:07PM

Quote:Synology regularly come top in the NAS category in PC Pro magazine, although I've never used one myself.
I had a Seagate Black Armor 110, which I got on fine with, it just depends on what you want to do with it, and whether the installed software will allow you to do it. The Seagate worked fine as a network drive and FTP server, but I could never get the media service to work.

Eventually I bought myself an HP Microserver, which was 189 and HP were doing a 100 cashback offer... I stuck some extra 2TB disks in there and I can control what software I use (there's a nifty thing called FreeNAS that you could use, but I use Windows Home Server). I can run other stuff on there as well as my FTP and media servers (eg. webcam monitoring software).



Thanks up until now I have just been using a spare external hard drive connected to my router but its not all that great, it picks and chooses when it wants to work properly Smile

Someone suggested that since I`m building my own PC this time around to simply get a few extra drives and set up a rad but its not something I really want to do.

A Nas seems the proper and most useful way to go, I notice you can save quite a bit buying just the empty boxes and adding my own drives.
Britman 8 1.7k England
23 Oct 2013 9:21AM
yeah just listened to a glowing review of the synology disk station, but it's dam pricey. I use a HP N40L proliant, but with this you need add server software. But if you are building a new PC why not re-purpose you're old system and turn that into a NAS.
Hugo 9 640 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 9:44AM
HP Microserver? - One of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR3.TRC0.A0.Xhp+microserver&_nkw=hp+microserver&_sacat=0&_from=R40

They were 150 odd new with cashback - Google you'll find lots about them.

If you have an old copy of Windows stick that on, or try FreeNAS
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 10:22AM
I use an HP ProLiant N54L, which also runs Apache and lets me test my website dev stuff on....
kit-monster e2
11 3.7k 2 Singapore
23 Oct 2013 11:48AM
I've been using a Synology DS413 for nearly a year now. It's a great bit of kit. Reliably sits there doing it's stuff. Primarily I use it as a back up server preferring faster thunderbolt disks connected to my main machine for file storage. I also use it for backing up to Crashplan, as a movie server, a minecraft server, time machine and cloud server. There's a bunch of mobile apps and you can use synologies ip service so you have a fixed address for accessing remotely. It's got a lovely built in download station application, so I download directly to the NAS and then stuff is available to any machine connected. You can also direct downloads from the mobile apps so you can kick of downloads when you're out and their ready when you get home. There's a bunch of apps I don't use like Glacier for backup to Amazon Glacier servers, Audio streaming, itunes integration, dozens of web, wiki, blogging servers etc.

I bought an empty box and then filled it with my choice of hard drives. It's got four bays, so I have two pairs of mirrored disks.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
23 Oct 2013 2:02PM

Quote:But if you are building a new PC why not re-purpose you're old system and turn that into a NAS


Yeh I could, I have plenty of spare parts, I recently stripped two old PC`s, but I`m going to have this dell going spare once I`ve finished my build.

But do I want all the bulk sitting around, ready built Nas units are tiny in comparison and consume very little in electricity.

I`m trying to avoid getting cheap parts for my build so its going to take me a few more months before I have all the necessary parts.

Its slow progress buying one or two parts a month Smile
Hugo 9 640 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 11:49PM
Electricity is worth considering - roughly for a device on 24x7, your looking at a per watt per year - so a 60W bulb on all the time will cost you 60
A NAS may take say 30w, less if drives power down when not being used, whereas an old Pentium 4 might use 120w.

Over 5 years, that's quite a saving, enough to justify new hardware.
And that was before all this news this week about %%%% price increases on utilities.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
24 Oct 2013 7:21PM

Quote:Electricity is worth considering - roughly for a device on 24x7, your looking at a per watt per year - so a 60W bulb on all the time will cost you 60


Yes it certainly is, I believe some of these Nas boxes consume no more than 30 watts, one heck of a lot less than using a PC in its place.

Its also the space, the PC I`m in the process of building will be about half the size of what I am currently using so adding a nice little nas box makes a lot of sense.
CaptivePhotons 11 1.6k 2 England
24 Oct 2013 8:30PM
I purchased the Western Digital 'My Cloud' a few weeks ago. Simple set up and the whole family are using it.

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