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NAS recommendations - which make(s)?

saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
4 Jul 2019 10:19AM
I am looking at getting a NAS for private use at home - a simple 2-port affair and am wondering about which make(s) to look at.
Does anyone have experiences/recommendations to share?
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dabbler100 12 17 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2019 1:37PM
I have used QNAP for a number of years and they have been fine. I did have trouble with one (turned out to be my anti virus) but the out of warranty support was great.

Good luck with in making your choice.
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
4 Jul 2019 3:48PM
Thanks, dabber.
From the vast amount of information available, I get the impression that both QNAP and Synology seem to be appropriate for home use...more googling to follow!

More recommendations/experiences welcome!
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JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2019 4:10PM
I know i once skimped on a single disk samsung NAS, expecting to get a 2nd mirror disk before it failed. But instead the chassis failed. The disk was in a proprietary format, so i could not get the data by reconnecting it elsewhere Sad

It seems that 400 plus was the starting point for NAS backups, I instead do two USB (slow) Drive only plugged in every few months. - perhaps 150-200 instead.
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
4 Jul 2019 4:17PM
Jack - my various external harddisks are getting full so instead of buying new ones, I want to have all in one place, with 2 disks RAID 1 configured instead. Fed up of having small, pocket-size harddisks when a NAS with RAID 1 configuration and wireless connectivity to my laptop and other devices is more desirable.
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
4 Jul 2019 7:56PM
I use a Western Digital MyCloud EX4. It has fours slots but I currently only use three each having a 3 T Byte disk. It uses a Raid configuration so you actually see 5.9 T Bytes but if a disk fails you do not loose any data providing you replace it before another also fails. I am using 2/3 of the available disk space so will probably add a fourth disk eventually. The NAS has regular backups for three of the computers on the home network. Clearly WD make other models if this is over the top for your needs. It is a reliable brand and had good reviews and came with some useful backup software.

saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
4 Jul 2019 8:18PM
Thanks, Dave. I see they do 2 port version of that - I'll google some techie reviews.
Big Bri Avatar
Big Bri 22 16.7k United Kingdom
5 Jul 2019 9:49AM
I use a Synology S216j with 2 x 6Tb drives in RAID 1 (mirroring).

If I were buying again, I'd choose a 4 drive model rather than 2 drive, even if you initially leave 2 drives empty.

The amount of software you can run on it is staggering - I mainly use mine for backups and run the Surveillance Station for my security cameras.

Here are just some of the apps available...

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Big Bri 22 16.7k United Kingdom
5 Jul 2019 9:50AM
I should add, the advantage (for me) of using a NAS for backup (in ADDITION to my USB3 external drives) is that the NAS sits in a different building with a gigabit network between the two.
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
5 Jul 2019 11:22AM
Thanks for that info, Bri.
I have just come abck from looking at various models in a local store, and that Synology (in 2 port version) was actually one of 2 that the guy I talked to recommended - he listened to my needs and didn't try to selll me something more expensive and with more bells and whistles than I need.
I like the idea of having the NA in another location, but don't have any opportunity for that.


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