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So I've recently started upgrading the network in my house, and I want to get some kind of NAS to run local backups.

My new configuration consists of a WD MyNet N750 and I have ordered some faster powerline and wireless adapters for various computers around my home to achieve a faster network.


I am by no means an expert on networking, but I made a list of what I would want from a NAS:

Gigabit - Hence the Router upgrade
3TB + of usable disk space
RAID - 1 to protect me from a disk failure
Not loud or ugly
Backup for at least 3 PC's - From a different location over the internet?


The two options I was considering were the WD My Book Live Duo, or a synology DS213J and buy my own disks.
A 6TB - 2 x 3TB - Live Duo would cost me about £310.
The DS213J with 2 3TB Green drives would cost £345.

What would be the best option for what I want to do?
Are all of my requirements even possible?
With the synology option, are Red drives worth it over Green drives?


Thanks in advance, this is all very new to me tongue.gif
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post #2 of 10
If you have the money you could always get a drobo. Its excentially a nas that comes with all the features you want
Gigabit internet
Raid protection
Can hold up to 20GB
Very flexible with the kinds of drives you can add to it.
http://www.drobo.com/products/professionals/drobo-5n/
Look at there Home to Office line

Another option might be synology
Haven't heard too much about them but googling drobo vs and this company came up as the first result.
There set up seems to be almost the same as drobo. With more of there drives being connected.
http://www.synology.com/products/index.php?lang=us



QNAP
Lacie also have possible solution

I'd say to go with the red drive since it has features made for nas setups.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&ved=0CEAQuAIwBA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxyA1AZdyy6o&ei=tDr1UfaPMeSwyQHi1ICwDw&usg=AFQjCNH0xymqhE3A0UmsWYZZiNRZPI1UHg&sig2=w_9oqWNCplizsPrGw4Smow&bvm=bv.49784469,d.aWc
Edited by Apinchof - 7/28/13 at 8:43am
post #3 of 10
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Thanks for the reply!

I've been having a look at the drobo 5N, but it's going for £440 on amazon, and I'm not sure that I could justify the cost!
If money was no problem the I'd definitely be getting the drobo.
Maybe I'll wait for an additional pay check and get that instead. headscratch.gif

I could equip a DS213j with 2 3TB Red drives for £375.
I'm convinced at least that I should be making my own NAS rather than buying something like a Live Duo.

Would it be worth getting the DS213 not the j model?
By the looks of it, it would be faster and allow for faster expansion if I needed it.
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post #4 of 10

Yeah I think it would be worth it to get the DS213

 

As long as you plan on connecting a external drive to the nas eventually. If not than I'd stick with the 213J and save the 100 dollars for something else. If you look at Synology performance charts, the 213 performance only slightly better than the 213J

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What about something like Windows Home Server or FreeNas of Nas4Free.
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post #6 of 10
Try finding a NAS capable drive bay. Netgear, Buffalo and a few other manufacturers make them. They have a simple Web GUI to configure them, and you can use your own drives with them. Most are capable of Raid configurations if redundancy is something you need.
post #7 of 10
This is a cheap Netgear. I've used them, they are good for the money. If you want something pricier an aforementioned Drobo or Synology will work just fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822122098

I have a WD My Book Live Duo and I run 2 PC's, a Macbook and Macbook Pro all backup to it. I would recommend it.
post #8 of 10
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Thanks for the replies everyone!

I hadn't thought about building another PC and using some free NAS software, I'll look into how much it might cost me - I always like an excuse to build a system!

I am currently leaning towards a DS213 with some Red Drives.
I would love a drobo 5N, but I think it would be hard to justify the initial cost, I'm sure that it would be worth it after several years of use.
If I have a relatively inexpensive month then I will reconsider!

@ishimura, how is the performance of the Live Duo?
The thing that put me off were reviews showing the performance to be not so great - especially when compared with more custom solutions.


Thanks, and I welcome more suggestions!
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post #9 of 10
The performance isn't bad. It does tend to take a little while to wake up occasionally. If you want high performance a drobo or synology would be your best bet.
post #10 of 10
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Sorry for the late post, but for anyone reading this in the future, I have just ordered a Synology DS213J, with 1 3TB Red drive.

Synology lets you add a second drive later on, and build a RAID 1 or Synology Hybrid RAID array whilst retaining your data.
If you want to do JBOD or RAID 0, you need to set the array up first.

I will add another drive in a few months.


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