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Question: Why for a 4-bay are the prices all over the board; big spread over high to low?
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While the SSD pretty much covers alot of your read/write speeds for you, I'd go with with a RAID 5 setup if you are really thinking of putting those Western Digitals to an RAID array. Not as fast as RAID0, but increase storage protection is what you definitely want since storage drives , in my opinion, do not need the read/write performance for holding ISOs, music, videos, and other things you want to keep safe.

Personally I'd use RAID0 on small SSD drives to increase storage capabilities and their I/O operations.
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You guys are really hopeless! It kind of reminds me of the island off the coast of HuaHin, Thailand. For $5.00 the fisherman would oh so kindly take you to the island.

Getting back, however, was a whole 'nother story.

Seriously, I think I'm at the point now where I can root out the details for myself. For a Duck, I'm reasonably intelligent.
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These appear to be the majors:
1) Rosewill
2) Mediasonic
3) Sans Digital

Biggest complaints across the board seem to be:
1) Controller incompatibility
2) Controller failure
3) Crappy documentation and "we dunno" support

Whimsically asked: Does Corsair make these darned things? Corsair's support is second to none!

Question: Why for a 4-bay are the prices all over the board; big spread over high to low?
Same reason why Xeons costs more than core i7's or Opterons cost more than Phenom's. Your comparing consumer grade products to industrial drive bays that can do raid 50 or raid 60.
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Right now I'm looking at Mediasonic (getting dizzy from reading reviews)


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Your comparing consumer grade products to industrial drive bays that can do raid 50 or raid 60.
darksideleader, I'll forgive you for comparing Intel to Phenom because I like your other false analogies. You are correct in saying that the difference between a $1,500.00 unit and a $200.00 unit is industrial vs consumer grade. Of that much I am aware. However, within "consumer grade" the prices are highly variant.

From what I have learned in my limited exposure on this thread and from reading all day, I should go with RAID 10 (1+0).
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Right now I'm looking at Mediasonic (getting dizzy from reading reviews) http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-3-5...pr_product_top



darksideleader, I'll forgive you for comparing Intel to Phenom because I like your other false analogies. You are correct in saying that the difference between a $1,500.00 unit and a $200.00 unit is industrial vs consumer grade. Of that much I am aware. However, within "consumer grade" the prices are highly variant.

From what I have learned in my limited exposure on this thread and from reading all day, I should go with RAID 10 (1+0).
He wasn't comparing intel to amd, he was comparing Xeon (intel server processor) to i7 (intel desktop processor) and Operton (AMD server processor) to Phenom (AMD desktop processor)
 
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First of all, you get exactly what you pay for when it comes to NAS units. A lot of these companies you have listed are likely to feature zero support if they even speak English. You also have a high chance of encountering compatibility issues now and in the future due to poor firmware support.

I know with QNAP they update their firmware as often as the Linux OS it runs on updates its kernal. They have a robust user forum and feature many English speaking admins.

I researched the topic of network attached storage units for nearly 2 months. In that time I read many horror stories of consumers who were out hundreds of dollars to Chinese manufacturers with non existent support. My biggest fear was buying cheap, failure prone hardware, from a manufacture that did not care my data collection was at risk.

In the end I decided protecting my data was an investment as good as any and decided to save. If you find QNAP to be expensive then I suggest Synology as a more affordable solution with a solid reputation.

http://www.synology.com/enu/products/index.php

QNAP and Synology are the only two companies I can recommend with a clear conscious.
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I don't think you can RAID USB drives. Maybe if you got some eSATA enclosures it would work.
You can software RAID USB drives. Random performance will suck as their is USB and software overhead.


Screw NAS... build your own server.
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He wasn't comparing intel to amd, he was comparing Xeon (intel server processor) to i7 (intel desktop processor) and Operton (AMD server processor) to Phenom (AMD desktop processor)
Oops! Really sorry for that. I should know not to joke in a thread where people don't know me. Hopefully, though, No Harm, No Foul.
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Screw NAS... build your own server.
This.
You'll have a lot more flexibility.
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