What's the best NAS configuration?
On box for best, one box for everyday data
What NAS product or combination of NAS products would best suit the following home network requirements:
- RAID 1 storage for important media, eg. photos, home video, etc with minimum capacity of 500GB.
- RAID 0 storage for other media and backups, eg. TV recordings, DVD rips, music etc with minimum capacity of 2TB with the capacity for expansion.
The network is a Gigabit Ethernet link across several Windows PCs.
Out of interest what sort of real-world transfer speeds can I expect over 1Gb connection?
QNAP NAS + USB drive backup
Personally I have a QNAP 209 with two 1TB drives, mirrored and then a seperate 1TB USB drive for a seperate backup (to protect against catastrophic failure of the QNAP). Good thing being that the QNAP has a one touch backup to USB drives so anytime I make a significant update to my video library I reconnect the USB drive and hit the backup button
you're going about it the wrong way
Use RAID 1 for all of the data on the NAS and then burn all your valueable stuff (photos, wedding video etc) to optical of some description.
RAID != backup !!!!!
Personally I have a DNS-323, not bad really. Just make sure you update the firmware to whatever the latest version is before putting any data on it. Soem of the earlier releases did nasty things.
Errr..I of course meant 2X1Tb, not a massive 2x1Gb drives.