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Old 02-29-2012, 07:41 AM
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Default Any decent under $300 NAS solutions for small home network?

I'm looking for an economical NAS solution for my home network, and maybe it can serve as a media drive, also.

Any recommendations?
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I noticed another thread on the subject but didn't want to hijack that thread for my use.

I found the Seagate NAS here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148724

Anyone have an opinion of these units?

Has seagate gone downhill as I've heard a few places online?
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I like Synology's little DiskStation units if you can up your budget a bit.
They generally have "Bring your own disks" models....so you purchase the unit, and then you get your own disks to install in them.

"Bring your own disk" models are better IMO...you get to hand select the exact drives you want to use. Allowing you to get some high performance high reliability enterprise grade models....like WD Raptors or WD RE series or Seagate ES series.

I used to hold Seagate as my favorite brand with WD in a close 2nd...but then then buyout of bottom grade Maxtor.....and then the merger with Samsung....and then most of their better drives dropping from 5 to 3 year warranties..and then an increase in failures of Seagates we started seeing several years ago, I'm all WD now.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:36 AM
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I have had great success with iomega NAS products

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ag=invihand-20

I have used Digital Sands TR4MB unit for home and small business use. A few of my customers have them and they have had no problems with them. Although not a NAS but comes with a PCIe raid card and runs in linux or windows.

Load up to 4 drives. Economical in price and does the job fine.

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Another budget option...if you have an old computer tower or just purchase a bare bones unit...slap a bunch of drives in there, and install FreeNAS.
http://www.freenas.org/
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Get a LaCie!

No. do not do that.
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Synology or Qnap would be my top two picks. Netgear, Seagate, Lacie and a bunch of others are not worth anything.
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I'm starting out working with a small network setup and we are considering a Buffalo CloudStor NAS server (CS-WX2.0/ID) about $280.00 for 4 workstations.
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