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Recommend me a NAS please

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by rosscouk, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. rosscouk

    Gangster

    Joined: May 26, 2008

    Posts: 140

    Hi All,

    I have not really gone the NAS route for a while. I did buy a QNAP about 10 years ago but we didn't really get on. File transfer was slow and I ended up not really using it. I suspect this may have been down to me rather than it.

    Anyway I would like a NAS now to primarily back up files which I have stored on PC (in addition to cloud). I would also like to put my film library on there too (1080p and 4k). I have also been working to install an Ethernet network in my house to replace home-plugs. I would also like to backup my music server (Roon NUC) to the NAS also.

    When I have done my research online I always seem to get a bit bemused and unsure. I want, I think, at least two bay, but four bay possible. I have around 3tb of films, 1tb music, 500gb photos and 500gb other files. So I was thinking 8tb in size to give me a little space to grow. I assume I would want something fairly powerful with decent ram.

    I am probably aiming for a synology or QNAP because of their compatibility with Roon but this is not 100% necessary. What are the best HDD to go for?

    So, what do people think?
     
  2. andy_mk3

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 5, 2009

    Posts: 7,386

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Syonolgy are very good, and I highly recommend WD Red drived for 24/7 power on usage.
     
  3. Snapshot

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 11, 2006

    Posts: 3,729

    Location: Wiltshire

    I'll second WD Reds. I have far too many 3TB Reds and they've been faultless. If you want 8TB I suggest four 4TB drives in RAID10 which gives a good combination of resilience and speed at the cost of capacity.

    I agree with your choice of Synology or QNAP with Asustor being another possibility. Be prepared to pay for the better models to get a decent CPU. I'd look at the DS918+ but I realise that's an expensive option.
     
  4. rosscouk

    Gangster

    Joined: May 26, 2008

    Posts: 140

    Thanks for the replies.

    Looking at the Synology's - A DS718+ with two 10TB Red Pro drives its £1021.97. If I look at the DS918+ with four 4TB Red Pro drives it is £1227.78. So both quite expensive. Any thoughts? I also see I can add ram as well, so I need to look into that. I will have a look at the QNAPs

    I have been thinking about my main PC which is nearing the end of its life, however I am thinking I might get another year out of it, I am thinking about how I might reconcile drives etc. I think I might ditch my current two spinning drives (a 3tb and 1tb) and get a 8-10tb drive which I will use for all my storage and it will be from that drive that I back up on the NAS. Perhaps a WD 8TB Red pro for £299.99 fits the bill. I can then retain that drive for a new PC next year.
     
  5. rosscouk

    Gangster

    Joined: May 26, 2008

    Posts: 140

    Still looking - any NAS would need to be able to provide 4k content across my network so I suppose it will need to be fairly quick. The DS718+ looks to be able to do that.
     
  6. Snapshot

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 11, 2006

    Posts: 3,729

    Location: Wiltshire

    You don't need the Red Pro drives. The standard Reds are quite good enough and considerably cheaper.
     
  7. iamtheoneneo

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 15, 2010

    Posts: 8,383

    Location: Bucks

    Define 'quick', any pc can run media over a network directly - thats more down to your network speed.
    If you want to transcode thats different - but then I have no idea why you would want to do that if it's just on your home network and you defined as wanting to play 4k content. Kind of goes against having a high quality format in the first place.

    I direct play original 4k files (50 - 77.9 Mb/s) from an old HP N40L via ethernet to an OSMC box with zero issues.