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Home NAS media and photo backup for CyberMonday budget $500

820 688 November 26, 2017 at 06:31 PM
Looking to piece together a NAS this CyberMonday. Looking to spend $500 total, and want simplicity and quality. I think around 6tb is plenty to start off, and want to make sure I have a good backup plan. Most important is to keep my family pictures stored and safe from drive failure, Not sure if RAID is necessary...can't I just create a drive image and burn it to a Blu-ray?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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I use QNAP for quite sometime and have been pretty pleased with it. My setup involves two of them one at my house and another at a remote location. They replicate to each other so it act as a disaster recovery site.

Two common and decent entry models would be TS-231 and TS-251. Just note that neither can transcode on the fly. Transcoding is converting the media content format to run on a different device. There is always a big hype about it but honestly, I think it is overrated. You can always do offline transcoding if you plan ahead.

Newegg currently have a deal on TS-231 for $148 or so (Link below). Decent price for that model. I think TS-251 would be a better one but also it is not on sale.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...-_-Product

Now on to the drives, I personally use WD Reds with NASware. I like how they typically run cooler than Diskstar as well as less nosier. you can get the 4TB currently on sale also at newegg for $120 but the sale ends tonight. if you can go for the 6TB, I would.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...6822236599

Now about RAID. You will absolutely most definitely need RAID. If you're worried about drive failure then you should use RAID 1 which would mirror your drives. If one fails, you will be able to access your files off the mirror. Once you replace your drive, the array can rebuild. Please note that RAID mirroring is not a form of backup. It does not prevent issues with file corruption or possible virus/malware infection. Always keep a second copy on an external drive or your own PC. You can accomplish this with a variety of tools that QNAP provides.

Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!

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I use QNAP for quite sometime and have been pretty pleased with it. My setup involves two of them one at my house and another at a remote location. They replicate to each other so it act as a disaster recovery site.

Two common and decent entry models would be TS-231 and TS-251. Just note that neither can transcode on the fly. Transcoding is converting the media content format to run on a different device. There is always a big hype about it but honestly, I think it is overrated. You can always do offline transcoding if you plan ahead.

Newegg currently have a deal on TS-231 for $148 or so (Link below). Decent price for that model. I think TS-251 would be a better one but also it is not on sale.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...-_-Product

Now on to the drives, I personally use WD Reds with NASware. I like how they typically run cooler than Diskstar as well as less nosier. you can get the 4TB currently on sale also at newegg for $120 but the sale ends tonight. if you can go for the 6TB, I would.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...6822236599

Now about RAID. You will absolutely most definitely need RAID. If you're worried about drive failure then you should use RAID 1 which would mirror your drives. If one fails, you will be able to access your files off the mirror. Once you replace your drive, the array can rebuild. Please note that RAID mirroring is not a form of backup. It does not prevent issues with file corruption or possible virus/malware infection. Always keep a second copy on an external drive or your own PC. You can accomplish this with a variety of tools that QNAP provides.

Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!

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Ghamzi, thanks a lot for your response. So your recommendation is almost identical to what I had learned based on my reading of the nas deal discussions from Black Friday offers. So QNAP and Red are best in class for a home user. I have a follow up question, can I back up my photos and other media from the NAS to an external hdd....and is it direct from the NAS or would I need a PC to pass through? My PC has a SDD and is fairly small for storage.
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You most certainly can. No PC pass-through necessary. That model I believe is USB3.0 capable (if not it'll be 2.0). You can plug a USB drive, the NAS will recognize, and you can interact with is as you wish.

To give you an example, My NAS has a USB drive plugged into it 24/7. I have a scheduled job that actually backup certain things to that USB nightly. In other words, fully automated second copy.
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You most certainly can. No PC pass-through necessary. That model I believe is USB3.0 capable (if not it'll be 2.0). You can plug a USB drive, the NAS will recognize, and you can interact with is as you wish.

To give you an example, My NAS has a USB drive plugged into it 24/7. I have a scheduled job that actually backup certain things to that USB nightly. In other words, fully automated second copy.
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