NAS quandary: build a NAS or buy a Synology 1813+

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  1. Plaverda

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    So I'm scratching my head trying to make up my mind whether I should build a NAS in an old Power Mac G5 case by flowing an unraid build video on YouTube or just save time and buy a Synology 1813+?

    I am not technical in nature and have never built a PC (or even owned a PC for that matter ). But it seems pretty easy. All the NAS will be doing in storing all my ISO and music files and hosting a couple of very small websites (portfolio sites).

    All served up to a couple of Mac Mini's running XBMC, PowerBook Pros, iPads etc

    Any advice greatly appreciated.
     
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    Really you could go either way, if you got the skills and want to save money self build or cant be bothered with DIY & want tech support go with the Synology.

    You can even go easier than unraid, windows 8 has a pretty nifty built in software RAID system called storage spaces that makes building a multi disk array a doddle.
     
  4. Jon Weaver

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    I had the same dilemma and was planning on getting a cheap NAS. But a colleague talked me into buying the HP N54 micro server which currently has a cashback deal on..

    I paid £90 with a 3 year onsite warranty.. I threw in a couple of 3TB WD red drives from Amazon at £80 each.. And finally today got around to installing Synology/DMS 4.3 on it. It took about 30 mins and the result is a fully feature NAS/DNLA server with RAID protected disks.

    It worked out much cheaper than buying a dedicated NAS server, but benifits from good software based on quality HP hardware.. And i have a couple of bays free to double up my HD space when i am ready.

    The software install was a bit daunting but there are some good guides to follow.. This is the best approach if you feel up to the challenge.

    Jon
     
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    I have a netgear readynas pro4 which was around £500. The N54L is around about £100 (but varies depending on the cashback - currently £100). Add the excellent Synology software and like Jon above, you have a great server. Exceeds the netgear's spec and with better software. Win, win.
     
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    So it's several votes for the HP. My issue is that it only has four bays and I am going to need a lot more than four.
     
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    Have you got a link for that price ?
     
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    Sorry.. After i wrote that, i questioned whether it was right.. They were £90, not 80. But still a good price... Deal has ended now, but i am sure it will be back.. Hope so as i want to add another.. I assumed i had to add them in pairs for RAID to work, but the Synology has "SHR" which only needs one drive for redundancy.. So i can ultimately add 3 drives and have 1 for redundancy.... So with a single 3TB will double my storage..
     
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    I went with a QNAP TS-670 Pro. Plenty of bays for big storage and the Intel i3 3220 CPU easily handles on-the-fly transcoding which is really useful if like me, you want to use Plex to serve your multimedia to other devices.
    I've also up'd the RAM in my QNAP so I can run a VM Windows 7 for iTunes server and Serviio DLNA duties.
    Not the cheapest solution perhaps, but the QNAP x70's are very flexible and are amongst the fastest NAS available.
     
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    Your not kidding at c£1100. You could get nearly 15 N54L's at the price I paid!

    I just got a couple with 8 disks and it also gives me hardware redundancy. They won't be guaranteed to transcode, but will saturate a gigabit network easily. I have a mac mini i7 to transcode as it's always on anyway.

    Glad you found a solution you were happy with. I now have three nas boxes and have never looked back.
     
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    Anyone got a manual and links to install it on the HP?
     
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