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  Reply # 557525 13-Dec-2011 16:55
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I've found the Seagate Black Armour NAS to be very reliable, if a little more pricey.


The 2 bay model is more than your stated price range but again a very good unit.  


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  Reply # 557560 13-Dec-2011 18:59
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+1 for Qnap, Else I've also installed a few D-Link DNS-323's. Avoid Netgear Stora, YUK!




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Reply # 558524 16-Dec-2011 02:54
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+1 QNAP

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  Reply # 558530 16-Dec-2011 06:04
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MackinNZ: I've found the Seagate Black Armour NAS to be very reliable, if a little more pricey.


The 2 bay model is more than your stated price range but again a very good unit.  



Have you tried to get DLNA to work on your Black Armour? I have one and cant get it to play video files through my Samsung TV no matter what I try.

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  Reply # 558571 16-Dec-2011 09:17
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I have both a D-Link DNS-320 and a 6 bay Freenas server.

The DNS-320, which runs a fun-plug mod, has 1x 2TB drive and 1x 1.5TB drive, both WD green drives.
My DNS-320 is capable of 30MB/s up and down if your lucky. Mostly sits around the 20MB/s mark. (Not using RAID)

My Freenas box has 5x 2TB WD black? drives, and it comfortably sits around the 110MB/s mark for write/up and 80MB/s for read/down. (Using RaidZ2)


If your on a budget, and won't get pissed off while waiting for things to download or upload, then go for the DNS-320, it has been quite reliable, although slow for me. Make sure you update it to version 2, as I believe that gives it a speed performance boost too..
Also, be prepared for a performance hit if you use 4K sector hard drives, rather than 512. (Google it)

I really hate 4K drives when trying to gain the world speed record...

Good luck

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  Reply # 563590 1-Jan-2012 21:11
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jjnz1:The DNS-320, which runs a fun-plug mod, has 1x 2TB drive and 1x 1.5TB drive, both WD green drives.

If your on a budget, and won't get pissed off while waiting for things to download or upload, then go for the DNS-320, it has been quite reliable, although slow for me. Make sure you update it to version 2, as I believe that gives it a speed performance boost too..
Also, be prepared for a performance hit if you use 4K sector hard drives, rather than 512. (Google it)

I really hate 4K drives when trying to gain the world speed record...

Good luck


I agree with this!

Although I used 5900rpm not 5400rpm and didn't use the 4K drives, just two 2TB normal ones

But the max I used to get was round 40MB/s

I'd take the Netgear stora 2000 over it, or even build a small ITX PC for a similar to price of what the DNS-320 costs new 




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  Reply # 563598 1-Jan-2012 21:39
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jjnz1: My Freenas box has 5x 2TB WD black? drives, and it comfortably sits around the 110MB/s mark for write/up and 80MB/s for read/down. (Using RaidZ2)


What version of Freemas are you using? And how are you accessing the data? (e.g. NFS, SMB, FTP, iSCSI etc)

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