NAS suggestions

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  1. Chenks

    Chenks Registered Trader

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    looking for a NAS enclosure, to hold 2 drives (probably 2TB drives).
    needs to be fairly quiet (maybe silent?), not overly expensive.
    windows and mac compatible.
    if it had other services like torrent etc then a bonus.

    suggestions?
     
  2. phil2715

    phil2715 Registered + Sale

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    Now that's timing... I've spent the day retiring my old 2 drive "WD My Book World Edition II" with 2 x 3TB drives. Not a bad piece of kit, very quiet, Windows and Mac compatible. Needs a bit of linux fiddling to get it running smoothly but overall fairly decent.

    No app support though.
     
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    Ninjagordy Winner of The Game (UJFL)

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    i have been running a Netgear Stora for a few years now and its ideal for what i need. not sure if its capable of what your after but worth a look!

    :D
     
  4. Chenks

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    not sure i would class a WD Mybook as a NAS to be honest.
     
  5. BloomerzUK

    BloomerzUK I'm back!

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    I've got a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ v2 - excellent piece of kit. Really cool and quiet.

    Have 3 x 2TB WD Reds in there.. not had a problem yet!
     
  6. phil2715

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    How is it not a NAS? It does everything a NAS is supposed to do :confused:
     
  7. Chenks

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    it's an external HDD that has had an ethernet port bodged on to it and half heartedly converted into a NAS. the performance of it is woeful according to reviews.

    the drives also aren't hot swappable. it's essentially a NAS in name only.
     
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    does it offer other in-built services?
     
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    So by that logic a crap car isn't really a car?

    It's got an gigabit ethernet port, it handles CIFS, AFP, FTP and access over HTTP, support for JBOD, RAID0 and RAID1, it has an iTunes and DLNA server built in, has full user access control, logging, email alerts.

    Compared to my full blown Thecus NAS, the only things it's missing are RAID5 (kinda difficult with two drives), hot-swap and the extra performance you get from the larger machine (and in that respect it's easily fast enough for everything I've thrown at it).

    It's not a fantastic NAS by any stretch of the imagination, but that's reflected in the price, which at the time I bought it was hardly much more than the price of the two drives it came with.
     
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    non removable drives makes it useless for me. and i did state at the beginning i was looking for an enclosure that i could put drives in.
     
  11. phil2715

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    You can put drives in it, you just can't hot swap.

    Anyway, I'm not sure why we're continuing to debate this as it's clearly not fit for purpose. :rolleyes:

    Synology?
     
  12. Chenks

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    agreed, drop it please.

    is that a question, a guess, or a recommendation?
     
  13. phil2715

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    A question / recommendation.

    I've been looking at 5-bay NAS devices recently and the Synology range looks pretty good. Not sure how well that translates into the 2-bay devices.
     
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    the DLink DNS-320 looks ideal
     
  15. Ego_Shredder

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    I'm running an old Synology DS-101j that I bought in Jan' 2006 and I recently upgraded the firmware to the last 2009 version, which completely transformed it for the better. Anyway what I am actually saying is that I would have no hesitation in buying another Synology, and the choice of models and features in their range is far better these days, plus they still have that solid reliable performance. I've had my own NAS running 24/7 since I got it and the amount of downtime is barely worth mentioning.
     
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    Archaon Eats, Drinks, Sleeps Kustom

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    Does that do hot-swap? I can't see any mention of it and it seems a bit on the ambitious side for a £60 product. If it does then fair enough but if not try a ReadyNAS 102.