Windows 10: Should I go for a NAS?

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  1. flows69 Win User

    Should I go for a NAS?


    Hey guys,

    This post is not really about Win10 but I have been wondering about this for a while. Currently, all my files (about 5tb of documents, photos and videos) are stored on different hdds, the most important files being also backed up on external hdds.

    Now that my new PC is built and running smoothly, I was about to gather everything on two 8tb hdds, one for storage, one for back up. The thing is that my friend who helped me built the PC told me it would be much better to invest in a NAS.

    After reading about NASs for a while, I do see some advantages but do they really justify the extra cost?

    As usual, thank you very much for your help and have a very happy new year ;-)

    :)
     
    flows69, Dec 30, 2016
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  2. 6280---01 Win User

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    oops couldn't edit the original post.

    I just meant to say Orange Brand their phones.

    It's like someone is messing with your phone and not how it was originally made to work..
     
    6280---01, Dec 30, 2016
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  3. sange101 Win User
    which should I go for

    Which network seems more reliable in your opinion, upgrading nrxt weeek to an N95, I have choice of T-Mobile or Orange, any advice welcome, thanks
     
    sange101, Dec 30, 2016
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  4. Barman58 Win User

    Should I go for a NAS?

    • How many PC's need access to the data?
    • Are you streaming data to TV's or mobile devices?
    • Do you need to access the data whilst the PC is off

    If you are not thinking of any of the above I would suggest that 8TB of storage On the PC and sufficient Backup Space external to it would be fine, and more cost effective.

    If you are intending any of the above and especially Number 3 then a NAS looks more appropriate
     
    Barman58, Dec 30, 2016
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  5. strollin Win User
    If all you need is storage/backup, many routers have USB ports that allow you to plug in a USB drive. It's kind of a poor man's NAS. It allows any device on your network to access the storage and doesn't require a dedicated PC that must be on to access the data.
     
    strollin, Dec 30, 2016
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  6. Berton Win User
    I use 2 WDC 2TB NAS drives plugged into my Router by Ethernet cable. All computers such as my Win10, Win7, macOS Sierra and Linux can access the files on them and work with the files. Also, the NAS drives are available to any other computer I Map them on using either an Ethernet cable or Wireless/Wi-Fi , convenient for storage of clients' data when I'm working on their computer.
     
    Berton, Dec 30, 2016
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  7. jshaw42 Win User
    All the above responses are valid and important, especially how you are going to use the NAS.

    I am using an NAS with about 9TB of storage. The nice thing is that I have my own cloud and can access it from just about anywhere on my laptop or Galaxy S7. I try to only use it with WiFi, but one can access it through a data plan as well.
     
    jshaw42, Dec 30, 2016
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  8. cereberus Win User

    Should I go for a NAS?

    Main thing to remember is you still need a backup option to your NAS.
     
    cereberus, Dec 30, 2016
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  9. pparks1 Win User
    Absolutely agree. Is exactly what I was going to say, but you said it first.
     
    pparks1, Dec 31, 2016
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  10. John Galt Win User
    Here is the best setup, IMO:

    1. RAID 1 NAS: redundant drives in the NAS so that you can survive a drive failure with no interruption of service.

    2. Cloud backup, such as Carbonite, so that if you have a fire or theft, you will still have all your data.

    I run RAID 1 in all my desktops.
     
    John Galt, Dec 31, 2016
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  11. pparks1 Win User
    Cloud backups often hard as NAS is usually quite large and uploads could be too slow to really be feasible.

    Be sure you keep a backup offsite, as a house can burn down or a NAS can be stolen. RAID 1 will not protect against this.
     
    pparks1, Dec 31, 2016
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  12. flows69 Win User
    Thanks for all your good advice *Wink

    As of now I will just put more hdds in my pc, will most likely go for a NAS later.

    Given that I need 8tb of space, would you guys recommend going for four 4tb hdds (two for storage, two for back up) or two 8tb hdds? The cost appears to be very close, I am just wondering which configuration has the longest average life expectancy.

    Also, if you could add to your replies which models/brands you prefer that would be nice. For example, I usually go for Western Digital hdds but have read good things about the HITACHI DESKSTAR 7K4000.

    Have a very good year!!!
     
    flows69, Dec 31, 2016
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  13. jimbo45 Win User

    Should I go for a NAS?

    Hi there

    A NAS is really flexible - especially for storing Music / Video and streaming via things like PLEX / VLC etc.
    My own preference is to use a cheap "Cube" type server running Linux rather than a "dedicated NAS" as it's open source and hugely more flexible. A cheap "Cube type microserver" doesn't need mega power CPU but is built to run 24 hrs a day 7 days a week on lowish power and is much more robust and reliable than some of the so called dedicated NAS systems.

    As people have also said NAS needs to have backup as well -- one or two of the small passport type self powered 4 TB USB 3 drives are excellent for this -- the new 4TB HDD's are reliable, fast and consume minimal power.

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Dec 31, 2016
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  14. John Galt Win User
    Either will work, but I think that two 8TB drives would be better.

    Make sure to set them in a RAID 1 configuration so that they constantly mirror each other.

    Putting them in your PC enables you to use the personal version of Carbonite with unlimited storage for a something like $60/year. I have over 1TB backed up with them no problem.
     
    John Galt, Dec 31, 2016
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  15. flows69 Win User
    Hey guys,
    I apparently succesfully installed two 8tb hdds in two mirror way. Hopefully none had a fall in the postal transport and will last long Should I go for a NAS? :)
     
    flows69, Jan 17, 2017
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