[ProgSoc] Need advice on NAS & HDs to get

Leefe 3trk at progsoc.uts.edu.au
Wed Dec 29 16:11:10 EST 2010

I am looking to get myself a NAS for backup and possible media 
storage. I'm looking to replace an external HD with a network device 
so other Macs on the network can use it too.

Important requirements:

   * Support backup via TimeMachine
   * Raid 1 (mirroring)
   * Connect to via AFP (not just SMB)
   * Easy users and shares management

Useful features:

   * Media server

I have been looking at what is available and I have been thinking 
about the following products:

  * NetGear ReadyNAS NV+ (Diskless) RND4000

Advantage: Can hold up to 4 disks; cheaper; more configuration and 
extension options
Disadvantage: Unknown how well it deals with TimeMachine (though 
specs say it supports TM); Same with Mac file server; more work to 
Cost: Have seen for $350-$411 without disks. (And I would need to 
think about what drives to put in it)

Then I need a couple of 2 GB drives to stick in it.

My options for this appear to be WD or Hitachi.
In my price range specifically:

   * Hitachi 2000GB (2TB) 7200rpm Serial ATA-II-300 HDD w. 32MB Cache 
(0F10311) Deskstar 7K2000 $158.90
   * Western Digital 2000GB (2TB) Intellipower Serial ATA-II-300 HDD 
w. 64MB Cache (WD20EARS) Caviar Green $148.30

(This is based on the ReadyNAS compatibility list:
http://www.readynas.com/?page_id=82 )

Do people have any advice about what NAS they use, and what are reliable HDs?



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