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Brian2007

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Views : 818  May 23, 2016 6:31pm

Hello all
I looking into getting a NAS set up which NAS would your recommend please and also i looking at maybe a 4 bay NAS can you put into it say 2x2 TD drives and 2 x4 TD drives please?

I looking forward to hearing from you!
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Brian

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 Myk



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RE: NAS May 24, 2016 3:49am

I have a weird attitude to NAS because for 8 years in a warm studio I had a lot of disk fails, which I attributed to temperature

Now my main NAS is in a cold garage the failure rate has dropped off

For my pictures I keep 3 copies which are supposed to be identical for easy maintenance

(I tried RAID and multi disk arrays but they are too complex for my simple needs and require more management - a simple one-drive solution with 2 copies on site and one off is easy and the cheapest way to go)

I use single bay 3Tb drives at the moment, buying Buffalo at about £100 each

I normally have them turned off

If one fails at switch on
1) I know immediately
2) I have 2 copies to replace the data on a new disk

I bought 6 NAS drives 6 years ago and they all failed withing a week or two recently BUT these drives I left on because I was too lazy to go and switch them off like all the other drives with 4th copies

I have posted a CCTV image showing my on-site drives and the web servers

One other advantage is that when they are turned off noone can copy my stored data !

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 Diceman199

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RE: NAS May 24, 2016 4:54am

RAID is pretty easy now. I've got a buffalo twin bay with 2 x 3Tb WD red drives set up as RAID 1 which simply means mirrored. So anything I put on there is stored as 2 identical copies.

The set up is easy as it just asks what type of set up you want and does it for you.

As NAS drives are always on it's worth buying good quality HDDs for them and the WD Reds are designed for NAS usage.

The Buffalo will allow external access via a password controlled access if you want it too but does allow that facility to be locked out for security.

If one HDD fails you can swap out the drive, slot a new one in and it'll copy all the files to the new drive automatically.

Cost for the twin bay and HDDs was about £250

If you go for a 4 drive set up i'd say keep all the HDDs the same size

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Brian2007

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RE: NAS May 27, 2016 3:33pm

Thank you all for the feed back it a great help!:-)

Brian

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