NAS/ network drive
- Last post
- 18 Responses
been discussed many times on qbn but looking for current recommendations or alternate solutions.
i'm shopping for 4TB+ network storage, preferably RAID and swappable drives.
my desk is cluttered with single externals and would love to replace all with one unit. i'd only really be using it on network to share itunes and iphoto libraries around house.
i've always used WD MyBooks and like the design/price of their ShareSpace but it seems to get a lot of mediocre reviews.
- ok so is there a tumbler for this?horton
- start one, but I get 50% of the merchandising rights.ThePublics
I think the issue with NAS's, mostly consumer versions, are the transfer speeds which can be a real bottle neck. I own a 1 disk Lacie Nas and its shite for speed an reliability.
We have a ReadyNas NV+ in our studio, its a 4 bay, hot swap, and has been running for about 4 years now without any major issues. Everyone is connected up at the same time and its works pretty fast and quiet.
There's a soho version called the ReadyNas Duo, its only 2 bay, hot swap and holds up to 4 TB that gets favourable reviews.
Qnap and synology both have good names and a price point to boot.
Toms hardware gives some decent reviews, which might help you out. Click though and narrow down your results to what features you need most.
You could also build your own, using open source software like FreeNas or Ubuntu Server or UnRaid on a bootable USB key, in an old PC if you wanted a little more expandability (only limited to the amount of hard drives you can fit in a case).
- I have the ReadyNas NV+ it's good.sublocked
Oh, with the WD sharespace, I've read reviews that the OS is written across the hard drives, not on its own separate hard drive. This means that if you have a disk failure it could wipe out part of the OS, making it even harder to retrieve the data on the damaged disk.
thank ian - just reading all this, much appreciated.
The qnap has a pretty decent GUI control panel. I am not an IT guy and I had it stet up and configured pretty fast.
2nd recommendation for ReadyNas NV+
It has hot swappable connects, gigabit ethernet, and has a migration path to larger drives.
If you're technically inclined you can root the bitch and SSH into it to install software on there. I've got mine running FTPd and some other things. It's basically a baby linux server.
Yeah the ReadyNas is decent. Plus its easy to backup to an external hard drive, it has 2 usb 2.0 ports on the back on one in the front, so you can set a schedule to back up a share to a USB hard drive for extra redundancy.
Im sure you can do that with others, its useful especially if you want to keep a HDD as an off site backup, so check it out.
- it also emails you if something fails or if a "raid event" happens like rebuilding, etcsublocked
- ha, we sound like we work for Netgear.ian
Anyone have recommendations? Im looking at this at the moment
Looking for a central hard drive that i can plug my laptop and desktop into and also work remotely from.
- if you're on a mac make sure the drive can handle AFP. SMB will be a huge pain in the assGnash
- Thanks for the heads upthumb_screws
- (i've been shopping for one too)Gnash
- I ended up getting this. Will report back when its up and running.thumb_screws
- please doGnash
- I actually bought it before i watched the vid you posted. Prob should of gone the synolgy... whoopsthumb_screws
Symbology all the way. I like the first so much I got another after 8 years when I needed to upgrade my capacity. Their software/interface is worth the premium
- do you use it as a working drive or just backup?Gnash
- Backup, media server, and working drive depending on what I am working on.robotinc
I bought a Synology DS218+ with two 8TB drives back in December, to use as a file server for multiple computers at home. Fantastic product. Love the cloud access when I’m away from my home.
- how loud is this puppy? can it live next to your work area and not be annoying?Gnash
- It's not that bad but you can definitely hear it running. I actually want to put it in an open back cabinet with a drawer in front to hide it a bit.mg33
- thanks! this is the kit I've been eyeing. just worried about speed as a working drive / serverGnash
- I'm accessing mine only over wifi using Google WiFi mesh network. It seems perfectly fast, although I do plan to connect it directly to my iMac eventually withmg33
- an ethernet cable to keep it directly connected, since all the big files (Lightroom catalogs, Logic Pro working files) are mostly used on the iMac.mg33
- ^ that makes senseGnash
I have this now https://www.amazon.com/Synology-… in addition to my old one (https://www.amazon.com/Synology...
The old one was working fine, but was old enough that I could run the last DSM. The 4 bay is my main storage with 4 4TB drives. The old guy has mirrored 1.5TB and is just used for timemachine.
Depending on what you need, I would recommend getting the 5 bay DS1019+ as you can then run RAID5
Lastly, btrfs is the shit.
- does btrfs play well with mac files?Gnash
- yup, it will serve files to mac, pc, linux. The btrfs gives you a lot more features like snapshoting.
- thanks :)Gnash
So have set up the QNAP TS-453BT3 with 4 x Ironwolf 4 TB's and its great so far. Raid 5 over the 4 drives and will get an M.2 ssd in there soon. Im running thunderbolt to it direct from a 2019 iMac that I've beefed up. Im not that tech savy and its been pretty easy to set up so far. Will start tinkering with Cloud back up in the next few days once Ive migrated my data/files across completely. Was good a chance to do a purge.
Only annoying bit so far has been its has audio notifications when it connects, scared the shit out of me at first but can turn it off and down easy enough.
Still tinkering but loving it so far.
- you can run thunderbolt direct to a NAS? I thought it had to me via ethernet.Gnash
- and thanks for the update. I'm still shoppingGnash
- Yeah thats Why I went with the QNAP. Has 2 thunderbolt ports on he front.thumb_screws
- is it also connected to your router via ethernet for network access? it can do both at the same time?Gnash
- damn, that's handy. I didn't know a NAS could do that.Gnash
- Yep connected the router at the same time. Have already tested the remote and worked from it.thumb_screws
- My iMac is connected to it via thunderbolt and going the test the laptop connecting to it via the other thunderbolt at the same same time.thumb_screws
- that's a big advantage over the synology. was it complicated to set up? I'm not very savvy about this stuffGnash
- Nah not at all, the links you sent to NASCompares video channel helped so much in set up.thumb_screws
- He points out a few things that make it a bit easier to understand. Just don't rush it take the time to watch the videos through then do it.thumb_screws