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    I am looking for a NAS to centralize our files. Will be used mostly for light video and photo editing plus some programming. Probably 12tb max. Any suggestions on what to look for?

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    Ive used a QNAP setup for 5/6 years, just bought another one to replace it. We CADD off it, about 5 guys at a time. You can set it up on “myqnapcloud” and access the files from anywhere. Also you can access off your iPhone with the Qfile app. You can set it up to backup to the cloud as well. It’s honestly worked amazing. The one I just bought was defective right off the hop so it’s being replaced by MemEx free, or else QNAP offered to replace it. I’m a simpleton when it comes to this kind of stuff but it has been very user friendly, and the technical support the one time I needed it was awesome.

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    Thanks.

    I found out this morning that Lightroom catalogs cannot be stored on a central server for some reason. I will have to figure out how to sync the local drives of each computer through the NAS.

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    bump!

    This thread is about a year old and we need a new NAS. Any recommendations on the latest and greatest? Don't need anything huge, 4-6 tb maybe?

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    Synology DS918+ if you don't need more than 4 drives
    It transcodes 4k as well in case you wanted a plex server

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    My QNAp's are still both running strong.

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    Synology has a far better UI, but QNAP offers hardware level encryption. That is your first decision.

    2 bay systems are just fine for home use/SOHO

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    Thanks everyone! Yeah, I'll probably just go with a 2 bay. revelations, how would I know if I need hardware level encryption? This is just a home network, and will be used for storing and serving photos, music, video, etc. It's just my partner and I, so I don't think we need to worry about encryption (?)

    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FixedGear View Post
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    Thanks everyone! Yeah, I'll probably just go with a 2 bay. revelations, how would I know if I need hardware level encryption? This is just a home network, and will be used for storing and serving photos, music, video, etc. It's just my partner and I, so I don't think we need to worry about encryption (?)

    thanks!
    Just stick to Synology. Also dont cheap out on the drives. Every NAS I configure has WD Gold series (or equivalent) drives. Inert gas filled and intended to last decades (technically, over 200 years MTBF) under normal use (24/7)
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    Thanks everyone, appreciate the help. Thanks also revelations for the tip on the drives - the reason I'm replacing by previous NAS (DNS-232 haha) it because a drive failed. So I'll go with something like WD Gold series.

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    The Synology NAS Selector has suggested the DiskStation DS218j as a 2 bay NAS, is that a good unit?

    Also, for a 4 tb drive, there seem to be two options for the gold series:

    Western Digital Gold 4TB Enterprise Class Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6 Gb/s 128MB Cache 3.5" - WD4002FYYZ (https://www.amazon.ca/Western-Digita...gateway&sr=8-1)

    Western Digital 4TB Ultrastar DC HC310 SATA HDD - 7200 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, 256MB Cache, 3.5" - HUS726T4TALA6L4 (https://www.amazon.ca/HITACHI-GLOBAL...gateway&sr=8-7)

    there's only like a $20 price difference between these, but do the differences in specs matter for a NAS?
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    I would go with the 218+, its essentially at a low PC level in terms of hardware and what it can do for you.

    512 MB ram is on the low end for a NAS (218j)

    As far as the drives, the 128MB cache should be fine in a home NAS setup.

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    WD digital gold might be extreme for just file storage.
    Try the WD Red instead. I've yet to have one fail on me in 7 years

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    I have the ds218+, it’s more than adequate for the things you listed. I run WD purples in mine as I have two IPcams recording 24/7.

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    thanks everyone! the WD gold digital might be extreme, but if it's jsut a couple hundred bucks more, I might just do it anyway since I had a HDD failure on my last NAS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asian_defender View Post
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    WD digital gold might be extreme for just file storage.
    Try the WD Red instead. I've yet to have one fail on me in 7 years
    I checked out the Red out of curiosity, and yea, it would be a couple of hundred bucks cheaper. It's 64MB cache though, does that make a difference on a home environment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FixedGear View Post
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    I checked out the Red out of curiosity, and yea, it would be a couple of hundred bucks cheaper. It's 64MB cache though, does that make a difference on a home environment?
    It's not going to make a difference in your home environment. For your purposes it should be fine
    I have 6 x 4TB WD reds, haven't had any problems accessing my media and I use mine primarily as a plex server with some photo and rom storage

    Spend your money on the NAS instead of the disks. CPU/Network is going to be your main bottleneck, even with the reds its 5400rpm and my CPU is still the bottleneck

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    I don't know if it's been mentioned, but would you have data loss with a drive failure? If so, you have RAID options other than buying better drives. I don't know where the value-to-reliability curves cross over for you though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    I don't know if it's been mentioned, but would you have data loss with a drive failure? If so, you have RAID options other than buying better drives. I don't know where the value-to-reliability curves cross over for you though.
    I was just going to purchase two identical drives and mirror them in a RAID, I guess. Just whatever is easiest and provides redundancy in case of a disk failure

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