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Yup, yet another which drive question (NAS)

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Ok I'm replacing my current NAS with the Synology 412+ and I'm looking for which 4TB drives to get for it. I'll be using it for streaming 1080P content (Plex) to multiple clients simultaneously both local and remote. I'm also going to use it for music streaming and Time Machine backups. Transfer speed is very important to me. At times I'm transferring 32GB+ of movies at a time to it and I don't want it take forever all the while I'm actively streaming content etc... people suggest Red drives but I'm just not convinced they will give good performance. I'm thinking of either going Seagate Nas, Red, Red Pro, or RE 4 drives... not sure what to pick. Any thoughts?

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HGST Deskstar NAS.

Reds are probably too slow, the Red Pro is unproven, and the RE4 is a noisy, hot running beast. The Seagate NAS is just a relabelled Desktop.15, so same issue as the Red as far as speed is concerned.

Though, to be fair the 412+ is pretty old now, there's faster NAS units out there for probably less money. The 415play has hardware encoding for certain apps, I'm not sure if that includes Plex just yet.

I'd recommend the Asustor AS604T. It is an Atom based unit (D2700), 2 cores, 4 threads, and totally wipes the floor with most of the Synology units. I'm also finding the Asustor is more stable than Synology - with the various Synos I had, I was always having to tinker and fiddle with them to keep everything happy. The Asustor I plugged in, copied the files over, and basically forgotten about it since. Even an AS204T is probably as fast as the 412+, though it lacks expansion options (the 604T has 2x eSATA expansion ports).

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I'm always the slower cheaper guy for NAS, but in this case you might see the benefits of the 7K spindle. I concur with the HGST NAS recommendation.

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This is on gigabit link right?

I had to add a 2nd nic because a 12gb mkv that's 90mins saturates a 100mbps link. Roku2 plays mkvs natively.

So now I can copy on one link and stream over the other. With no more hiccups. Im too cheap to upgrade to gigabit stuff still. And WiFi is too slow.

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I'm always the slower cheaper guy for NAS, but in this case you might see the benefits of the 7K spindle. I concur with the HGST NAS recommendation.

HGST Deskstar NAS.

Reds are probably too slow, the Red Pro is unproven, and the RE4 is a noisy, hot running beast. The Seagate NAS is just a relabelled Desktop.15, so same issue as the Red as far as speed is concerned.

Though, to be fair the 412+ is pretty old now, there's faster NAS units out there for probably less money. The 415play has hardware encoding for certain apps, I'm not sure if that includes Plex just yet.

I'd recommend the Asustor AS604T. It is an Atom based unit (D2700), 2 cores, 4 threads, and totally wipes the floor with most of the Synology units. I'm also finding the Asustor is more stable than Synology - with the various Synos I had, I was always having to tinker and fiddle with them to keep everything happy. The Asustor I plugged in, copied the files over, and basically forgotten about it since. Even an AS204T is probably as fast as the 412+, though it lacks expansion options (the 604T has 2x eSATA expansion ports).

Interesting suggestions.... So how are the HGST drives in terms of reliability? I've only really ever used WD drives and I've heard Seagate has or at least used to have issues with reliability...

Additionally I'll look into the Asustor I hadn't really considered them. I went with Synology's because the configuration interface is pretty much top notch and pretty feature rich as well as the app store selection was good. Also I wanted to use the Sinology RAID instead of RAID 5 because it allows me to mix N' match drive sizes. Does Asustor offer comparable features?

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Hard to say on reliability, they haven't been out long and in such a small sample set it probably doesn't matter really. I also prefer Synology, but you may just choose to go with a more modern unit that has a touch more horsepower.

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