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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-17-2019, 01:12 AM - Thread Starter
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Little NAS for home file sharing + torrent

Hi guys, last year i played with a old Dell latitude d820 laying around and i turned it into a nas using nas4free (now XIGMANAS) embedded installation on usb stick and an old 500gb drive (from 2010...). Originally was only for "learning" purpose, but i noticed having a NAS at home is very useful.

This notebook has proved to be really stable, but it has a dead battery, so whenever there is a blackout it shuts down...

It's time to a little UPGRADE: i just ordered a battery replacement on ebay. I think i'll migrate to OPENMEDIAVAULT since i'm little more confident with debian-linux than bsd.
I was thinking of buying a 2,5" WD red 2TB nas drive.... but they don't exists... only 1TB for 2.5" size.

Now the question is, it's okay to buy a WD BLUE 2TB drive for home nas purpose, or it's "mandatory" to buy a NAS optimized drive? Eventually can someone suggests me affordable 2,5" nas drives?

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depends entirely on what you're using the NAS for. if you're going to have a several devices accessing it and/or reading/writing to/from it simultaneously or plan to later have a RAID 0/1/5/10 array then no, probably not. but if your NAS is a laptop then that doesn't sound like what you're planning on doing anyway.

if you're just using it as a file server then use whatever kind of drive you want. as long as the drive you use has the performance you're happy with then any consumer drive will do as good as a job as any other drive.

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Thanks for the answer, i'm the only one using this NAS. My Wife only sometimes. I mainly need to stock files into it and have access from my desktop, laptop and phone. It's a very light usage i think.

So a WD Blue it's more than adeguate, great! They cost half the red part.

Have you suggestions for an affordable HD? 2TB will be really futureproof.
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not really, everyone has their own preferred brand but there's not one manufacturer or model that is consistently better/worse than the other.

there's some issues with BackBlaze (like that they are using consumer drives in a server workload environment) but they generally have pretty solid drive recommendations.



I've always had luck with Western Digital, but I grabbed a 5TB 7200 RPM X300 Toshiba drive and even though it was cheaper than a lot of comparable 4TB 5400 RPM drives I've been super happy with it. No issues so far.

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You absolutely do not need NAS drives for a NAS...

12 of the drives in my NAS are coolspin consumer drives and then the other 6 are Reds.

A single blue would be just fine. Also, just a note, they do have higher capacity 2.5" drives if you need more space

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Thanks guys! I'll wait the black friday for grab a new drive. Looking for a Seagate or WD.
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