NAS Drive, Your Views Please?

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  1. wootley

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    Hi,

    Need to buy a NAS drive for my desktop but no idea which to get, size anything from 250GB upwards, price range from around £70 to £150 max.

    Any one got any advice or experiance with what you have already?

    Cheers in advance :)
     
  2. badbob

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    D-Link DNS-323, with two WD 320GB drives. Works great, although you're looking at more than your budget. Looking at £165 for the enclosure alone, plus cost of drives on top.

    You could get a Buffalo Linkstation.

    Avoid the Netgear SC-101, it isn't a NAS. Cheap though, but rubbish.
     
  3. Synchro

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    I second the SC101 opinion....I owned one once. I now own a QNAP TS-201.
     
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    on that budget you're more likely to be getting a DAS rather than NAS. The Freecom ones are cheap (500gb will be 103) but they're not that good.

    The low end ones tend to be DAS but with an ethernet port. Id depends on what you want to do with you nas too. The "good" ones run itunes servers, photo servers, have backup software, have decent raid options etc.

    I got a synology dual drive enclousre (DS207) for around 215 plus drives. You can get a single drive version (DS106) which are 195. they use sata drives.

    You can get IDE Nas enclosures - they're around the 100 mark. Again no drives
     
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    There's a good few here and here that fall in to your budget.

    HTH.
     
  6. kingcobbler

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    I have just bought a Buffalo Linkstation Pro 500Gb from amazon @ £156. Took 5 mins to install and get working, dead simple.
     
  7. badbob

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    You can install Linux on that, mate has..also installed Slimserver
    oh I have the same centre as you :smashin:
     
  8. wootley

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    Some good advice there as always, cheers.

    The main reason for a NAS drive is that I just lost everything on my current hard drive (not backed up, opps!). I guess I'll only use the NAS for backing up and thats it really.

    Should I just get an external hard drive instead you think? Mainly what I would be backing up is photos, short videos (mobile phone stuff) and Itunes library. :confused:

    My max budget still stands at £150.

    Just seen this what do you reckon http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Network-500GB...tcZphotoQQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
  9. badbob

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    The only reason you might want a NAS if you have two or more computers on your LAN, and you want to share lots of data between them.

    I wouldn't get a no name brand NAS, no firmware fixes. My D-Link has received several important updates.
     
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    Not bad but what happens if the single disk fails?

    Why not go for a dual hard drive option with it configured as raid 1? One disk goes down, you can repair the raid with a new replacement hard rive. You will be paying 2 x the amount for storage, but with hdd space so cheap these days (relative) I think its worth the piece of mind???
     
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    Mates got one of those, virtually silent. He's install linux and slimserver onto it (dangerous and can brick it)
     
  13. wootley

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    Whats you overall verdict on this product then badbob, I would only really be using it as a back up for my desktop hard drive.
     
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    He seems pleased with it. You could get the cheaper "non pro" Linkstation not sure the exact differences, but it's still a NAS.
     
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    A Firewire/USB 2 drive is totally different in design & use though.

    NAS -Can share over your LAN. Doesn't require host PC. Independent to other PC's.
    USB- Can share over your LAN, but you need a host PC. PC cannot be rebooted if others are accessing the driver.
    NAS- No drivers required, OS independent.
    USB- Drivers required, partition type is limited to that OS, ie NTFS/EXT/Mac partitions are unreadable on other OS's.
    NAS- Stable self-contained unit, with firmware, which is updated#
    USB- Dodgy USB/Firewire connection which can sometimes drop out and lose data.

    I have USB2/Firewire enclosures plus a NAS, the USB drives are fine for copying data but make sure you have it elseware, don't move data across. NAS drive is great for data that needs to be shared across your LAN, even better if the NAS supports slimserver, as your PC doesn't even need to be on for Squeezebox streaming.
     
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    yes, spot on, badbob.

    I'm looking at the QNAP TS-209, dual drive enclosure. Not cheap but with wide compatiblity for streaming (DLNA) and bittorrent server functions.
    Anyone with large amounts of precious data should invest in a NAS over a SAN or external effort. And you can get at your data via the Internet too.

    http://www.qnap.co.uk/
     
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    I like look of QNAP TS-109 or the TS-100, NAS is all new to me I need one to share data around the house, mp3s, photos, videos (divx, mpeg), this QNAP seems to be right stuff but anyone recommend something with hdd built in at a lower price range.
     
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    As a matter of interest has anyone any ideas of software or hardware that's compatible with DLNA ? My Buffalo NAS has this facility but I've never used it as I've never found anything to use it with.
     
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    Just purchased a 320GB Maxtor NAS from Maplin for £99 - have also seen the 1TB (dual drive) somewhere for £180 (I think Amazon).
    Find it much queiter than my old Linkstation which was far from queit when running.
     
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    I've just got the Buffalso 500GB Nas and it has 2 usb input for further storage, so I use the now replaced 250gb ordinary dardive as a backup for the nas. then still have another USB socket for further expansion should I need it.
     
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    I recently bought a freecom 500 GB drive for £101 from ebuyer, it doesnt do what i needed it to (operate as standalone) but as a backup or somewhere to dump extra files its ideal very easy set up and very quiet.
     
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    just bought a lacie 500gig NAS drive, will let you know what its like when i get it set up.
     
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    I'm now £230 poorer but expecting an QNAP TS-209 delivery tomorrow from Scan. :thumbsup:It's got a strong feature set, a decent processor and the right connections for my requirements.

    My main requirement is for a uPnP AV media store, for which it's well specified. One of the USB ports will be used as a printer server, with another linked to my 300GB Seagate USB drive, which will now be used for scheduled backups. I'm fitting 2 x Seagate Barracuda 500Gb drives in Raid 0 Jbod configuration, hence the USB drive backup.

    A mate has had one for a week and is thoroughly impressed. He streams content from it to his PS3, an MP3 wireless streamer and onto laptop. Apparently the device is network-visible and ready for action in a matter of seconds from boot-up.

    I flirted with the D-Link DNS-323, but the single, printer-server only USB is inadequate for me. Also, the uPnP functionality is more basic, and the internal processor less powerful.

    The QNAP TS-209 is not the cheapest on the market, but seems to have the right feature set for a home AV distribution and PC file-sharing. Plus it uses an average 25W of power, which beats having a PC switched on all the time!

    Will report back once the box is up and running.
     
  26. The Atheist

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    Does the £230 include both 500gig drives?
     
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    Been totally impressed with my TS-201, no doubt you'll be the same with your 209 ;)
    Have fun.
     
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    Does this 209 support Slimserver ?
     
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    No, Atheist, £230 is without drives. Like I said, not cheap, but this replaces a PC with a 350W power supply and an unncessary OS, a fair degree of heat under my tv, the clutter of a keyboard, mouse and cabling and the inconvenience of windows 'printer-sharing'.

    Liberatiion!
     
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    Are there any NAS enclosures that support 2 HDDs but are cheaper than the QNAP. I've been looking around but most of them include drives and I want to give myself the flexibility to add more storage. (IE: start off with a single 1TB drive and go from there)
     

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