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Hey all,

I'm shopping for a 4-bay NAS primarily for RAID5 bulk storage and media usage (streaming high def, audio, etc.). I would be downloading most of my material straight to the NAS and I'm more concerned about everyday performance rather then initial setup, etc.
There is a decent deal on a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ right now for $280. My concern is that this is the older model, and they now have the Ultra and Plus models out, as well as other ones such as Synology DS411+ and QNAP models that have much better performance in terms of speed.
These newer models are much faster (dual core Atom cpu, 1 gb ram) than the NV+ but are also twice as much or more.

Would I be better off spending more and going with the newer generation models to be more futureproof, etc. or will the NV+ be sufficient for my needs for a few years anyways?

Any other recommendations on a NAS unit are welcomed and appreciated.
I just want a solution that will not cause me any grief anymore. A self-sustainable, easily rebuilt/repaired storage solution that will allow me to do what I do now with my HDs in my PC.

Thanks,
Beerce
post #2 of 9
I'd either go for an HP Microserver (if you need small) or an AMD-based mATX build personally. Much more power, much better performance, much more flexibility and much better expansion options for the future. And similar prices...
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You should look into unRaid, extremely cheap software raid solution that runs on any old hardware.
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NAS are nice if you want a low-maintainence/setup and/or low-power appliance.

If you want flexibility, performance, upgradability, larger sizing.... build you own server.

For around $280, you can build a server:
$30-50 Case
$25-40 quality PSU
$100-150 CPU + motherboard
$35-50 RAM
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Depending on your needs, that readynas could be a good solution for you.

I look at it this way. If you got money to blow on something like this say ($600+) then buy a prebuilt nas device.

Otherwise I'd build a budget mITX machine with a dedicated raid controller and many drives. Which would be more powerful and cheaper as well as being more manageable.

Only thing I like about NAS boxes are it's size. Other then that building a machine specifically for that purpose would be cheaper and more manageable.
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post #6 of 9
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Ya I've considered that option as well, but I'm getting tired of spending the time I do maintaining and building and whatnot.
So I'm really just thinking it's going to be worth it to spend $300 or $400 on a care-free, maintenance-free, easy, pre-built solution that just works for what I need it to do. Paying more so for the software which will take care of my data - rebuilt arrays when a failure occurs, expands itself, etc.

Essentially I'm willing to pay a bit more for the convenience here.
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Well I can say that I've setup several ReadyNAS devices, and they're pretty neat devices, they even have built-in software for backup, it runs dhcp, has the ability to be a print server and is well...a NAS lol.

My only problem with NAS device is that they are just too expensive IMO for what they do. But since you're going for convenience then that's definitely the route you want to go for sure.

Just buy one of those ReadyNAS and then an external HDD and have it do nightly backups of the array. All that can be setup from the webGUI on the readynas.
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When I bought my iomega 636, which has 4x1TB 'green' drives, those drives were ~$100 each. I paid $600, so that's $200 for the "NAS", $400 for the drives.

Uses 14W when idle, <40W "in use", has a webUI for config, and is very easy to set up, configure, etc.

Sure, I could build a small system for $200. It would use more power, need need kb/mouse/video, even if only occasionally. Actually, I switched from that arrangement, primarily because of the physical factors.
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When I bought my iomega 636, which has 4x1TB 'green' drives, those drives were ~$100 each. I paid $600, so that's $200 for the "NAS", $400 for the drives.

Uses 14W when idle, <40W "in use", has a webUI for config, and is very easy to set up, configure, etc.

Sure, I could build a small system for $200. It would use more power, need need kb/mouse/video, even if only occasionally. Actually, I switched from that arrangement, primarily because of the physical factors.
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Why would you need a kb,mouse, monitor?

Just need remote desktop setup and wake on lan.
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