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Choosing a NAS Device

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by savage362, May 10, 2018.

  1. savage362

    savage362 Member SoSH Member

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    So it came to my attention last night that my thrown together array of external hard drives are nearly full. I think I'm around the 3-4 TB range right now. I've got less than 10 GB free and with storing music, movies, and tv shows on this drive, it's not likely to last much longer.

    I've been considering the following options for a NAS that I can move all of my media to as well as use it for backing up the various laptops that live in my apartment:

    Synology DS418
    Synology DS218+

    I'd like to keep it budget friendly, but don't have an actual budget for this. I'd rather have more space than I'll ever likely need rather than have to upgrade in 2 years. Besides using it as backup storage, I do run multiple Kodi instances throughout my apartment so I'd need to be able to incorporate the media folders on the NAS as sources within Kodi.

    I don't plan on streaming anything to mobile devices or outside of my home network. What's your recommendation?
     
  2. Blacken

    Blacken Robespierre in a Cape SoSH Member

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    Either is fine. Buy bigger drives, reliability has never been better, don't think about it again for a few years.
     
  3. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

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  4. cgori

    cgori Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    I have a DS412+ - it's great for all the things you want and more. Based on this "more than I'll ever likely need" criteria I'd get the 4-bay, even if you only put 2 drives in to start. Agree with @Blacken, get large drives.
     
  5. saintnick912

    saintnick912 GINO! Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I had a 411+ and moved to a 415+ when the first one was lost in a freak flood situation. The drives and file system moved over cleanly. It keeps itself up to date automatically and is generally a set it and forget it type thing. I have it upload some of the directories to an online backup directory (Google Cloud Nearline) and it does it transparently.
     
  6. InstantKarmma

    InstantKarmma Defender of Roadrunners Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I went with a QNAP TS-431p. It has 4 bays, and has the Plex Server in its app store. I put 2 4TB drives in it and installed Plex server. Since I've got the Plex app on my Amazon Fire Stick, I can watch all of my movies with a couple of clicks. As I recently told Rip, not having to get up and put a DVD into a drive to watch a movie is life changing.

    I'm almost ready to cut the satellite TV cord.
     
  7. LoweTek

    LoweTek Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    IK, did you have to rip all the DVDs first with MakeMKV or something or does Plex let you rip them directly?
     
  8. InstantKarmma

    InstantKarmma Defender of Roadrunners Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I ripped them with MakeMKV and then converted those files with Handbrake.
     

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