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« Reply #50 on: October 07, 2011, 05:54:31 PM »

Do not count on any NAS product to serve as a proper DLNA server. The CPU/memory power on these devices are so limited that they will highly unlikely be able to transcode much of anything on the fly... they might, at best, demux/remux media streams inside existing media container files.
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« Reply #51 on: October 07, 2011, 06:37:50 PM »

So I guess transcodew is the word of the day... LOL  Grin
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« Reply #52 on: October 08, 2011, 10:07:49 AM »

Personally, I don't get the one or two drive NAS units.  What's the point?  I have a $20 enclosure with a single drive in it (I used one of my old drives) that works fine for basic storage.  I understand some of the software options they add, but really, if it is software you want; buy what you want rather than whatever some company can pawn off as cheaply as possible.  From my understanding, the main purpose of a NAS is to aggregate storage for size and redundancy purposes, neither of which can be done in a single drive solution and only marginally effective for one or the other purpose a dual-drive solution.  I mean is a shared folder solution really that difficult that it is worth the money for the single drive attached to the network?  If it really is, isn't the minimal price difference (not counting the drives) worth the extra expansion room?  Maybe I am just missing something here.  Can someone enlighten me?
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« Reply #53 on: October 08, 2011, 11:44:58 AM »

Personally, I don't get the one or two drive NAS units.  What's the point?  I have a $20 enclosure with a single drive in it (I used one of my old drives) that works fine for basic storage.  I understand some of the software options they add, but really, if it is software you want; buy what you want rather than whatever some company can pawn off as cheaply as possible.  From my understanding, the main purpose of a NAS is to aggregate storage for size and redundancy purposes, neither of which can be done in a single drive solution and only marginally effective for one or the other purpose a dual-drive solution.  I mean is a shared folder solution really that difficult that it is worth the money for the single drive attached to the network?  If it really is, isn't the minimal price difference (not counting the drives) worth the extra expansion room?  Maybe I am just missing something here.  Can someone enlighten me?

+1 there. I would like to know the niche where it makes sense.

I fail to understand 1-drive NAS at all. 2-drive? Well, still seems a bit pointless unless all you want is RAID. And as you mention, a fancy shared folder.

4+ bays seems good. Slot in 8 TB and you can mirror RAID 4 TB, or whatever.

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« Reply #54 on: October 08, 2011, 11:55:38 AM »

Personally, I don't get the one or two drive NAS units.  What's the point?  I have a $20 enclosure with a single drive in it (I used one of my old drives) that works fine for basic storage. 

NAS = "Network Attached Storage". The key there is the "Network". Having a USB-connected drive enclosure doesn't give access to all systems in the house.
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« Reply #55 on: October 08, 2011, 11:59:06 AM »

Personally, I don't get the one or two drive NAS units.  What's the point?  I have a $20 enclosure with a single drive in it (I used one of my old drives) that works fine for basic storage. 

NAS = "Network Attached Storage". The key there is the "Network". Having a USB-connected drive enclosure doesn't give access to all systems in the house.

Yes, but in a house, it's simple enough to setup a share. And in a small office with a server, same thing.

It still seems like overkill for a single drive.
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« Reply #56 on: October 08, 2011, 03:56:33 PM »

Yes, but in a house, it's simple enough to setup a share. And in a small office with a server, same thing.

Sure, but that mandates that the computer it's attached to has to be left on.  With a straight-up NAS unit, the power consumption is fairly minimal so leaving it on 24/7 usually isn't a big deal.  Also, NAS doesn't have to imply a RAID setup.  So, while single-disk NAS units may not have redundancy, they can still serve a useful purpose.
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« Reply #57 on: October 08, 2011, 04:44:14 PM »

Yes, but in a house, it's simple enough to setup a share. And in a small office with a server, same thing.

Sure, but that mandates that the computer it's attached to has to be left on.  With a straight-up NAS unit, the power consumption is fairly minimal so leaving it on 24/7 usually isn't a big deal.  Also, NAS doesn't have to imply a RAID setup.  So, while single-disk NAS units may not have redundancy, they can still serve a useful purpose.

+1.  And that you can stand the extra thrashing from other people accessing your drive.  I've tried having a server set up (or an extra pc).  Too much overhead/maintenance.  I've tried doing the share from one computer.  Makes that one slower.  The only thing that I've found that works for me is having an extra NAS.  I tried it on a small scale with a 320GB Maxtor- and it's great!  And with Maxtor now being Seagate, I'm probably going to go that way.
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« Reply #58 on: October 08, 2011, 04:55:25 PM »

So has anyone used a Synology NAS?  I see good reviews on them  A little more that the Seagate since it's diskless, but I might be able to swing it and start with one 2TB drive and upgrade later...

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« Reply #59 on: October 08, 2011, 06:14:26 PM »

After further research, I'm going with the Synology NAS.  Though the Seagate has a drive included, it only has *one* drive bay.  And the processor speed is a lot slower than the Synology.  And I just took a look at the control panel - That's pretty slick!  And the final thing that convinced me is the benchmarks on smallnetbuilder.   I'd not heard of the site, but it has pretty comprehensive coverage of NAS units on that page.

Update: Found two more reviews.
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« Reply #60 on: October 11, 2011, 08:25:29 PM »

Just got the Synology in.  I'm using this drive.  So far, no problems getting set up, and the interface is a breeze.  I'm formatting it as one big volume- I'm not sure if that was the right choice, and am second guessing it, but that's just my use, and no slight on the experience.  I opted for the format to check the disk, so it's taking a while- 4.5% done with 1.82TB after 20+ minutes.  My only departures from the recommended settings were to change the name of the server (it defaults to DiskStation), and to use a static IP (as I've found with my other NAS it helps with mapping not using their software).

The only possible hiccup was the installation of the OS; they didn't explicitly give info on where to find it or what to choose- it just popped up a dialog on my first access.  But one of the reviews I linked to above talked about installing the OS, so it wasn't too hard for me to find- I'm not sure if it would have been so smooth had I not read those reviews.

More as it develops.
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« Reply #61 on: October 11, 2011, 08:38:30 PM »

G luck setting up your new NAS smiley
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« Reply #62 on: November 01, 2011, 08:13:55 AM »

I recently built a NAS and ended up using a HP Microserver. Very popular in the UK recently because HP have been running a £100 cashback deal, so the Microserver ends up costing you about £130.

It's small and well-built, officially takes four 3.5" disks but I have installed 5 3.5" plus a fast 2.5" disk as my OS disk. It sips power (with 6 disks, mine idles at 45w).

I used Windows Home Server as an OS (currently about £40), so for £170 plus disks I have a very flexible box. As well as storage it runs programs that need to run 24/7 (my Squeezebox server, for example). One of my best buys recently.
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« Reply #63 on: November 01, 2011, 08:29:50 AM »

My purchase is on hold for a bit... I'm waiting for the price increases on drives due to the flooding in Thailand to blow over. I got too busy to get out and buy one, then the floods... bad timing. Sad Oh well.
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« Reply #64 on: November 01, 2011, 08:35:53 AM »

I'm waiting for the price increases on drives due to the flooding in Thailand to blow over.

It's worse than just price increases. Our suppliers [1] are actually removing products from our catalog datafeeds. The situation is so bad that they aren't just marking them as backordered, they're saying that these products no longer exist!

[1] I work for a major large account reseller of computer equipment.
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« Reply #65 on: November 01, 2011, 08:56:47 AM »

I find it frustratingly amusing that companies who manufacture computer components allow themselves to be boxed into a single point of failure by concentrating all their facilities in a single geographic area. Especially when they serve a global market.

If anybody should know better, it's them. Drive manufacturers have been preaching the redundancy and contingency gospel for as long as there's been hard drives.

I've got three clients freaking big time right now. Good luck trying to explain that panic stockpiling will only make the situation worse and play into the hands of the spot-marketeers who are driving up the retail prices.

So it goes... undecided
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« Reply #66 on: November 01, 2011, 11:36:23 AM »

I find it frustratingly amusing that companies who manufacture computer components allow themselves to be boxed into a single point of failure by concentrating all their facilities in a single geographic area. Especially when they serve a global market.

If anybody should know better, it's them. Drive manufacturers have been preaching the redundancy and contingency gospel for as ling as there's been hard drives.

+1 - I've been pondering this one myself ... But had assumed it was due to some rare minerals (geographical) availability. Kinda like the memory shortage from a few years back caused by another natural disaster wiping out most of the countryside where it was all from.
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« Reply #67 on: November 01, 2011, 11:42:06 AM »

+1 - I've been pondering this one myself ... But had assumed it was due to some rare minerals (geographical) availability. Kinda like the memory shortage from a few years back caused by another natural disaster wiping out most of the countryside where it was all from.

Yes, it is due to a rare resource- money.  At least, that's my perception.
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« Reply #68 on: November 01, 2011, 11:47:56 AM »

+1 - I've been pondering this one myself ... But had assumed it was due to some rare minerals (geographical) availability. Kinda like the memory shortage from a few years back caused by another natural disaster wiping out most of the countryside where it was all from.

Yes, it is due to a rare resource- money.  At least, that's my perception.

I was actually hoping for a slightly less cynical response ... But I'm with you that one none-the-less. smiley
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« Reply #69 on: December 15, 2011, 06:28:50 AM »

I recently built a NAS and ended up using a HP Microserver. Very popular in the UK recently because HP have been running a £100 cashback deal, so the Microserver ends up costing you about £130.

I'd like to thank you for mentioning the Microserver, now I can't wait to get one - I just wish HP would run a cashback here, (Australia), $100 off would make the N40L only ~$150 and I'd jump at it.

A very well specced small unit, I'd take it over a dedicated 4-bay NAS any day since:
a) it's cheaper,
b) I can run whatever OS I want to give the features I want without relying on a possible firmware update from the NAS manufacturer, and
c) I can pack 11 drives into it, (5x3.5" + 6x2.5") smiley



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« Reply #70 on: December 15, 2011, 07:43:16 AM »

Jeez... I think I'm glad I've waited. That MicroServer looks slick.
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« Reply #71 on: December 15, 2011, 08:10:44 AM »

Yes, I'm still happy with mine. Re the hard drives: As I mentioned above I have six drives in mine. I think eleven might be pushing it,  from an air flow point of view. I'd call a halt at eight: four drives in the standard 3.5 bays, and four in the 2.5 caddy in the optical drive slot. Of course, if you don't need the flexibility of having eight disks (for RAID/backup/whatever), it would surely be cheaper to use a big 3.5 drive in the optical slot rather than the four 2.5 inchers. That's what I do, plus I sneak a 2.5 inch drive in behind the optical slot, with little impact on air flow.
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« Reply #72 on: December 15, 2011, 05:14:20 PM »

Jeez... I think I'm glad I've waited. That MicroServer looks slick.

Plus it comes with a 250GB drive already installed, so let's see....at today's current drive prices.....that must mean that the Microserver itself is only a couple of bucks.....BARGAIN!

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« Reply #73 on: February 29, 2012, 05:27:21 AM »

For anyone live in Australia, a great deal has come up from Harris Technology and is available till March 1 AEST:

http://www.ht.com.au/part...-v2-NAS-server/detail.hts

Please note this is the upgraded v2 from the original RND4000, essentially the same unit as the one listed on Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Net...qid=1330514497&sr=8-1

For AUD $248 this is a steal. And one additional big plus for this unit is it supports 3TB drives! So you can have a 12TB NAS for just $248, WTF!

Just ordered it myself from the link above, and it will be my ninth 8TB-12TB NAS appliance. I'm not affiliated with any of the above companies above, just wanna share this great deal.


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« Reply #74 on: March 22, 2012, 04:05:44 AM »

Also for anyone in Australia, (I'm looking at you Renegade), the HP ProLiant Microserver N40L for $221.09, (+ $16.00 to Melbourne), from DessyTek.

Much better than a dedicated NAS because you can run what you like on it.

1000 units on order for April 4th, back orders until then - when they're gone, the price goes up.

Yes, I ordered one.......now the wife will kill me.  Sad
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