Suggested replacement for my home NAS?
January 5, 2012 8:34 AM Subscribe
What's the current MeFi suggested device for a home NAS?
posted by Runes to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
My Iomega SoreCenter is now a brick, and that's pretty much the last straw for this device. The drives seem fine, so I'm looking for a 2-drive NAS that I can put 2 1-Tb drives in (mirrored). In the past I've had a ReadyNas, which was rock-solid but was really noisy, a power hog, and underpowered. The Iomega is relatively quiet, doesn't consume as much power, but has been flakey and can't be backed up (seriously. Confirmed this with Iomega tech support. Well, to be honest, it can copy the files on it to another drive, but when you restore all file permissions and access rights are gone). OSX Lion support has been very late to the party too.
So: I'm looking for a home NAS. It's going to be in my office, so it can't make a lot of noise. Ability to run Squeezebox Server (and plugins) would be a win, but not necessary. I ran SS on the ReadyNas for a while, but moved it off to a dedicated old laptop. Scanning my rather modest collection of music took many hours on the ReadyNas, and the collection has increased since then. Upgradeability without having to rebuild from scratch would be a nice-to-have (ala X-Raid on the ReadyNas). Must support Windows, OSX (including Lion), and Linux. Must allow me to back it up to an external drive (Yes, I know it's RAID, but RAID is not backup, IMHO, I want to be able to back the drive up in a manner that it can be restored to an exact copy at the time of backup).
Budget isn't unlimited, but I went cheap with the Iomega and I don't want to spend the next 2-3 years regretting the choice because I saved $50.