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I want to get a NAS unit on my network to act as a shared drive for backup purposes. Systems which need to be backed up are my main Windows desktop, as well as data from a bunch of generally-small Ubuntu Server instances (virtual machines on an ESXi server). The Ubuntu systems have anything from Minecraft servers to websites to Subversion repositories.

I found this 6 TB Western Digital NAS on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4P02CU8771

However, all the specs are full of marketing gibberish about clouds and web browsers and iTunes and says nothing about Linux support. Can this thing just act as a plain-old SMB server? Or do I need all their special "My Cloud" software to connect to it?

Also, any suggestions for other NAS's I should look at? I don't have much of a budget right now, but I NEED a backup solution since I just hit the jackpot on my ESXi server. It was using a RAID-1 mirrored setup, but one disk partially failed and somehow the corruption spread to the mirrored good disk before the bad disk died completely mad.gif. As a bonus I'd move my main PC backups from a secondary internal drive to the NAS.
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The one you have linked does appear to support SMB.

I'm a fan of Synology's offerings. Their more pro-sumer with a foot in the enterprise though.
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Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
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Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
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Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
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I finally ordered the 6 TB Western Digital, should receive it sometime this week.
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I finally ordered the 6 TB Western Digital, should receive it sometime this week.

Received and set up yesterday. I like it. Was pretty simple to get my main Win10 PC to use it for File History, and my Linux VM servers have no problem setting it up as an NFS target and rsyncing a few things over.
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