[ProgSoc] Need advice on NAS & HDs to get

Michael Lamont michael.montey.lamont at gmail.com
Wed Dec 29 21:57:25 EST 2010


Roll your own with FreeNAS.

If you must buy one QNAP and Thecus make excellent products.

Sent from somewhere outside the pauli exclusion zone.

On 29/12/2010, at 1:13 PM, Leefe <3trk at progsoc.uts.edu.au> wrote:

> Hi,
> 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
>  <http://www.netgear.com.au/au/Product/Storage/Work-and-Play2/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 setup
> 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?
>
> Thanks,
> Leefe.
>
>
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