Which four drive NAS storage solution to choose for home use?
August 12, 2010 7:00 AM Subscribe
Which four drive NAS storage solution to choose for home use? (Summer 2010 edition)
posted by seanmpuckett to Computers & Internet (17 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
It's time for us to consolidate our storage. We've a lot of photos and music and personal files and it's on too many different devices.
Required features: drive redundancy, online recovery and size expansion, Ethernet connectivity (NAS), four or more drive bays, "hibernation" to reduce power usage. Price is a factor but not as much as "not failing." $800 is our limit for an empty unit, but I'd prefer to spend less than $500. (I have plenty of drives here, I don't want a populated unit.)
I don't need a web server, FTP server, torrent host, on-device media playback, etc. But those might be useful differentiating factors if they actually work well and don't screw up the core use of the device. (Marketing bullet points FTL.)
Although there may be others, here are the vendors I've identified as having boxes that do what we need:
1) Drobo (model FS or better)
2) Netgear ReadyNAS
From what I can tell, these devices differentiate based on reliability, transfer speed, bonus features, ease of upgrade, and ease of catastrophic recovery. And price.
I'm looking for feedback about real-world usage of these devices for music and video sharing, day-to-day personal file storage (schoolwork, etc), and for holding a lot of photos and video in a warehouse capability. Really keen to hear from you if you've had a drive failure, have upgraded capacity since your original install, or had your entire device fail and how you recovered from that. Horror stories welcome.
Please do not suggest we build a server out of Linux and spare parts, this is not up for discussion. And, yeah, a NAS is not a true backup solution; that's a different topic for another question. Thanks!