Need network storage for home, but need to keep it simple... NAS?
March 27, 2011 2:22 PM Subscribe
Looking for a best bang for buck NAS or home media drive for home use, 1-2 Tb's. I am overwhelmed from doing online research & am looking for advice to limit my choices. Will mainly use for media files & docs. Ease of use is important.
posted by Empyrean_72 to computers & internet (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Background info & further detail:
OK, I used to be in IT but it has been a long while since I switched careers... a media server was a completely different animal when I was keeping up to date. I am going back to days of NT server & winamp here. While I am not opposed of futzing with hardware, the administration stuff saps all the happy out of me so ease of use once plugged in & ready to go is important to me. I really don't want to fuss with RAIDS & such.
I am looking for a 1-2 TB NAS or networked media drive that I will mainly use to store music & photos & some movies on. The movie files will likely be deleted once watched so 1-2 TB should be more than enough. I would also like to store my documents on it as well but won't be using it for program files or scratch disk so strictly storage. Streaming ability & remote access is nice but not major concern. I would like to keep my costs at around $150-200 but don't want cheap crap (is this doable?)... looking for sweet-spot of best bang for buck. Do I even need a NAS or will a media HD serve me just as well?
Also, I am a little OCD about stuff like this & obsess over every review, price vs quality, etc... which is why I am here. I am also OCD if something is highly configurable & complex. I won't simply find the easiest way to get what I need out of it, but will obsess to the point of relearning everything I have happily forgotten & fallen behind in. I don't want this so outside of HW expandability, I don't want something that is scalable outside of home use. I need to keep it simple for my own sanity because yes, I will run out & get the new MCSE books just so I can manage my media & docs better... and it will not make me happy but stress me out & be a source of displeasure, so KISS is a wonderful thing for me.
Just as an aside, I still derive pleasure from tinkering with HW... running cable & such... I'm an electrician now.