I'm looking at getting my parents a NAS device for Christmas... Just curious to what experiences anyone has with these devices.
Hi Tommy,I've used both Seagate and Western Digital units for NAS - and had both fail. I went on the WD site, but could see if there are multiple drives in the My Cloud. After my failures I went with a RAID config from LaCie (10TB) but the price point was quite a bit higher than the WD unit you're looking at. I never wanted to repeat having to send drives out to get data recovered (if it could be recovered) and I've been very happy with the performance and stability of the LaCie,I'm sure they've come a ways in the last 2 years. Do you know if there are multiple drives in the My Cloud? I would think there would be at a 4TB capacity.Best regards,Bob Charest
I'm looking at getting my parents a NAS device for Christmas. I've been looking at the WD My Cloud as it had decent reviews and isn't all that expensive.Does anyone have any ideas on a good one that's under $250-300? Would I do better to go with a diy route and build a mini PC with a large hard drive running some specialized version of Linux? Just curious to what experiences anyone has with these devices. Sent from my Nexus 4 running OmniROM 4.4 KitKat using Tapatalk Pro
Is this for file sharing, or backup? If it's for backup and they have 50GB or less of stuff, a cloud backup plan like Crashplan or Carbonite is probably a better option.If it's for file sharing and there's a desktop PC in the house, make the desktop the central repository, and back it up with Crashplan or Carbonite.
If you have lots of stuff, several devices, or are convinced you need a NAS box, get a real one. Netgear ReadyNAS boxes are fantastic - RAID is a necessity if you care about your data, and you still need to figure out an offline backup somehow.Custom PCs used as file servers are OK, but they're hard to maintain, usually made out of junk parts, and don't get backed up, and/or get wrecked with software updates. The dedicated appliance model reduces many of these risks, albeit at some cost.
I just got 2 synology Ds1513+ I have them running in raid 10 + hot spare.. This thing is great. and it has an option for your own cloud system. http://www.synology.com/en-us/products/overview/DS1513+They have a single drive model that should also offer a cloud option (free). I would research it. http://www.synology.com/en-us/products/overview/DS112j
I've had a lot of success with The Buffalo Linkstation Pro V series.Also as an alternative - have you looked at any USB to Ethernet products such as Lindy USB2.0 over IP - http://www.lindy.co.uk/usb-firewire-c4/usb-over-ip-c1509/usb-2-0-over-ip-server-p1448. You could then just add external usb drives to this...
So I did a little Googling and discovered that it's possible to install a headless version Crashplan on the Synology devices(including the smaller 2-bay I'm looking at) so I may go that route unless someone has another solution.
ReadyNAS has a cloud backup service as well - not sure how favorable the cost is vs. other solutions. https://vault.readynas.com/
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