bucfanclw wrote:I'd avoid Seagate drives like the plague. Their failure rates are just awful. In a Raid 1 format you're compromising space for mirroring. The biggest downside is if you lose a drive, you'll lose functionality unless you un-stripe the failed drive. In that situation, drive failures is your top concern vs read/write speed. Look up the reported failure rates of the drives you're interested in. Seagate reaches 36% on some models. Cat 6 wire to your router instead of wireless and you won't have to worry about buffering that movie you want to stream from it.
uscbucsfan wrote:I have been thinking about purchasing an at home NAS storage system. Nothing special, something with 2 bays so that I can use RAID 1. I want it to be fast enough to stream, back up computers, send pictures to from phones/other computers.
I was thinking about the QNAP TS-251 because of the processor and HDMI out(could come in handy). I looked into the My Cloud Mirror, but I don't like the speed or the inability to connect a device directly to it and back it up. I'd like to stay under 200 for the actual device(not including hard drives). That eliminates most 4 bay systems.
Basically...Is it worth getting a home NAS, should I go old school and use an external HD, what is are the best Hard drives?
The Bad Guy wrote:I'm not going to tell you which NAS device to get, there are too many out there and in my opinion it all comes down to preference. However, I will say I just recently purchased a 4 TB Western Digital My Cloud EX2. I added my 1.5 TB WD External HD through the 3.0 USB extender. After setting up the MyCloud users, I am able to access my files on the go. The downside is that you cannot "stream" media - it will download the entire file to your local device before playing.
To overcome this, I installed Plex on my NAS device. By doing this, I am able to access my movies on the go at any time. Very nice when you're on the go.
The Bad Guy wrote:The way I have it set up, I have Plex installed on a laptop laying around the house. There are NAS out there that will let you install Plex directly on it - I know WD has some for sure - but I didn't want the NAS itself running the software. I also have about 10 users on it, if it's just for you, it probably wouldn't be an issue.
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