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#1 choppaface

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 06:02 PM

Dear Forum, 

 

I need a NAS recommendation. Currently have a 6-year-old Mac Pro and I'm thinking of moving to a Macbook plus NAS to keep all my old data (mostly photos and music). Do people here have a favorite NAS or at least favorite vendor?  I'm looking for something that has:

 * Preferably fanless

 * Needs to last at least 6-8 years

 * Prefer SATA since I won't have high load 

 * Prefer 4 bays to 1-2

 * RAID 1 support (hardware or software)

 * Extra USB/firewire ports a major plus, eSATA port a small plus

 

Is there a good product out there, or is it better to build something like this (e.g. with a mini ITX case/board)?  I'm not shy about building things, tho I would probably prefer an easier solution.

 

In the past, I built a Mac Mini with a custom enclosure to serve essentially the same purpose.  It was a fun project but the end product was noisy and collected way too much dust, hence I'm looking for a fanless unit.

https://plus.google....948920572596657

 

For the curious: 

 * Upgraded the mini processor to a faster Core 2 Duo

 * Dremeled a hole in the back of the mini and ran an eSATA from the mini to a WD Raptor.  Yes that's a Raptor in the window ^_^

 * The case has space for 2 other SATA drives served off a Firewire 800 board 

 * PSU is a special mini ITX PSU I think; it's like 80 watts.

 

Alternatively to a NAS, if anybody knows of a NAS card that's the size of the FireWire card in that picture, that might work too 8)


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#2 Brian

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 08:36 AM

Sounds like you should just buy a Synology or perhaps a Netgear in five/six bay config.

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#3 choppaface

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 05:16 AM

Just took a look and wow, I can't believe they don't have smaller models that are fanless.  >$500 seems a lot for a NAS...

 

If I really wanted fanless and say 2 bays, am I going to have to go SAS/2.5inch ?  I'm trying to avoid not just the cleaning issue but the chance that the fan will lose a bearing after 4-5 years.  I guess I could also always replace the stock fan with something with fluid bearings...


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Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:48 AM

Honestly I'd rather have the fan than not. The last things we've seen without fans are the WD 2-bay My Book solutions, but that's DAS, not NAS. Given the higher workloads seen with NAS, I think losing your drives is worse than losing a fan...The WD My Cloud solution that's a single drive is also fabless, but again, that's not exactly what you want. 


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#5 FastMHz

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:41 PM

I wouldn't run 4 HDDs in any enclosure without a fan...that's asking for trouble.

 

I went DIY for my NAS units.  Put filters on the fans if dust is an issue.

 

My portable 4 bay NAS:

 

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#6 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:55 PM

I'd opt to only purchase a unit with a fan personally. I just replaced two drives in a friend's passively cooled 2-bay unit. The device had been place horizontally instead of vertically, and it couldn't cool itself as a result. The top-most HDD ended up cooking itself and failed. Thankfully in its RAID1 config the bottom drive still worked and we pulled the data off of it.


#7 choppaface

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 02:38 AM

FastMHZ: iz nice i like!  

 

A bunch of my friends are recommending Synology now, so I may just go with that.  Thanks for all the tips about fans!! It used to be that quiet fans were impossible to find, but now perhaps things have changed.  





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