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# 180561 13-Sep-2015 19:05
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Been running a couple of WD mybook NAS's for a few years now, but I think it's time to move to something 1/2 way good.

So what are you guys using?, the good points (and the bad)

A couple of features for me that are important, but not deal breakers

Itunes support
Plex server
Hot swappable drives




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  # 1386886 13-Sep-2015 20:02
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I prefer to use FreeNAS , NAS4Free or other free NAS software running on whatever PC I have available. That makes it easy to try on your existing computers. Bonjour support has been around for a long time and Plex more recently.

At the moment I just have an old server running FreeNAS and ZFS with 20 or so hot swappable drives.

Having said my own preference, there are many good solutions in a box and some of those have open source and free software options.

I've only used hot swappable drives in servers that I've bought but you can add them to any PC although I doubt that there is much benefit in doing so for most uses or users. I'd always choose ECC memory in preference to hot swapping disks. So why do you want or need hot swappable drives?

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  # 1386898 13-Sep-2015 20:22
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Synology. You're welcome!

 
 
 
 


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  # 1386908 13-Sep-2015 20:29
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I would recommend Synology also, I've set it up for a businesses and it is rock solid, no problems.

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  # 1386938 13-Sep-2015 21:24
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Synology 412+

Not the cheapest, but I have no regrets at all.

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  # 1386949 13-Sep-2015 21:44
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Synology or QNAP (the higher end models).  As has been said, not the cheapest but way better performance and reliability.  Also make sure you install the right type of drives designed for NAS's, e.g. WD RED drives for example, not "green" drives.

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  # 1386961 13-Sep-2015 22:29
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I have just converted my old 4GB home server to FreeNAS after adding 3x3TB WD RED drives. Must say I am pretty impressed once I got my head around it all. Pretty easy to setup really, and seems very solid. Doesn't play nice with external USB drives which I was using for local backups but I managed to get this working by adding a spare Raspberry Pi with the USB drives attached and rsyncing across my LAN. I also have Crashplan running on the FreeNAS for offsite backup of important stuff.


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  # 1386963 13-Sep-2015 22:31
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Synology - 1813+ here and swear by it

 
 
 
 


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  # 1386976 14-Sep-2015 03:31
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  # 1386979 14-Sep-2015 06:19
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I'm myself a huge fan of Thecus.

http://www.thecus.com/





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  # 1386981 14-Sep-2015 07:14
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I have D-Link and Netgear x2. The D-Link has done everything asked of it without an issue. The Netgear ones have had all sots of issues and I would not recommend it.

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  # 1386982 14-Sep-2015 07:34
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Synology, installed one at work and it goes great

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I've had a 4 bay Netgear and would tend to not go with them again.  Have had an Asustor AS-608T (8 bays) and it's been brilliant.  It's been my Plex server from day one without missing a beat.

Local support from Dove electronics has been brillian.  I had an issue with one slot at first and they advance shipped me a replacement (swapped drives, no data loss).

Also, very fast in all reviews.

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Synology, DS412+. Be close to the best tech purchase I've made in many years.




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  # 1387025 14-Sep-2015 09:34
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eracode: Saw this a couple of days ago, FWIW:

http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/11/the-best-network-attached-storage/



I have the recommended Qnap 251 and have never looked back. Very simple to set up for a novice like me and I am now reading up and broadening its use to include more than just being a Home Server.

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