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Platinummicro via eBay is selling the QNAP TS-431P 4-Bay Personal Cloud NAS for $224.99. Shipping is free.

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This CANNOT do Plex Transcoding, so don't even bother asking. It only has an ARM A15 processor

Previous record low for this was $204 on Black Friday after Masterpass coupon code
Previously low prices have been between $219-$229 after Newegg coupon code

QNAP has a new version of this out called the TS-431P2. Quadcore processor and memory is upgradeable. The original TS-431P comes with 1GB of memory which is enough to file serve and run some apps, but not a lot of apps at once. I have one of these and it's been fantastic as an off-site remote backup server for my 8-Bay NAS. I have enabled volume encryption and the write speeds, despite the encryption, are excellent due to the hardware acceleration.
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Just 2c. I almost bought this unit a few months back but keep in mind you are limited to a max volume of 16TB. I got the newer 431p2 and created a 32TB volume.
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For Full List of Features and Specs: https://www.qnap.com/en/product/ts-431p


For information on QNAP's Hybrid Backup and Sync app: https://www.qnap.com/solution/hyb...p-sync/en/
^ combines several functions all into 1 app, thus minimizing resource usage on the NAS. allows Backup, Restore, One Way Syc, Two Way sync...to cloud services, to other computers, to other NAS boxes, all either on or off your network including remote backups. supports multi-versions, SSL, and other misc features. pretty cool app

(contrast to Synology which requires 2 or 3 apps to achieve same functionality)
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Great deal on the 431p. I've got this and I'm very happy for what I need it to do.
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Hmm I have been looking for something to use with my hdhomerun dvr. Really wanted a 2 Bay though. I won't be using it for Plex, just backup and the DVR.
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So would it be good enough to use just for storage for Plex and continue to run Plex on my server?
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Hmm I have been looking for something to use with my hdhomerun dvr. Really wanted a 2 Bay though. I won't be using it for Plex, just backup and the DVR.
4-Bays are more cost effective, in almost all circumstances I never recommend a 2-Bay unless you don't have video media to worry about (ie just personal files, photos, etc). Once you start hoarding movies and TV shows, the 2-Bay quickly becomes inadequate unless you start piggybacking external drives to the USB ports.

If you are looking for the reliability and performance of RAID1 that you would use in a 2-Bay, just setup the 4-Bay NAS in RAID10.
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So would it be good enough to use just for storage for Plex and continue to run Plex on my server?
yep. .
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Just 2c. I almost bought this unit a few months back but keep in mind you are limited to a max volume of 16TB. I got the newer 431p2 and created a 32TB volume.
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Good deal op. Thanks
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just curious if devices like this can do raid6 ?

I guess raid1+0 (10) is also okay since any one of four could fail and survive

but raid6 is even better in that any two could fail, hmm I guess in four bay, raid10 is same as 6, maybe

four easystore 8tb @ $150 each and quite the deal
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just curious if devices like this can do raid6 ?

I guess raid1+0 (10) is also okay since any one of four could fail and survive

but raid6 is even better in that any two could fail, hmm I guess in four bay, raid10 is same as 6, maybe

four easystore 8tb @ $150 each and quite the deal
yes this can do RAID6. RAID10 you can have (2) hard drive failures and still have all of your data, but it depends on which 2 drives fail. RAID 6...any 2 drives can fail and you will have your data (presuming it can successfully rebuild) RAID 6 write performance also takes a hit compared to RAID 10. total usable capacity in a 4 Bay NAS will be the same between RAID 6 and RAID 10

after a brief scare with my RAID5 array, i decided to eat my prior words...moved my data off, re-initialized my NAS to RAID 10. i took a significant storage hit, but the performance is fantastic and i like knowing that if i lost a drive i wouldn't be nervously crossing my fingers while it rebuilt for 3+ days (i have a lot of data)
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4-Bays are more cost effective, in almost all circumstances I never recommend a 2-Bay unless you don't have video media to worry about (ie just personal files, photos, etc). Once you start hoarding movies and TV shows, the 2-Bay quickly becomes inadequate unless you start piggybacking external drives to the USB ports.

If you are looking for the reliability and performance of RAID1 that you would use in a 2-Bay, just setup the 4-Bay NAS in RAID10.
Okay. you sold me. Now I have to get some drives
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Okay. you sold me. Now I have to get some drives

WD Easy Store 8TB's from Best Buy. currently are $169.99 which is a luke warm price. they go to $160 regularly. $150 sometimes directly from best buy or their ebay store after coupon etc. they were $130 on black friday

they are external hard drives which either have a WD Red drive inside or a WD white labeled HGST server drive. either will work just fine for a QNAP NAS, but many strive for the WD Red drives for resale value. the pin issue on the white label one in certain older desktops is easily fixed by putting a piece of tape on the pin. you don't have to worry about that if these are just going into a NAS

shuck (removal procedure): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6VCQ64DkfM
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Just 2c. I almost bought this unit a few months back but keep in mind you are limited to a max volume of 16TB. I got the newer 431p2 and created a 32TB volume.
I'm not a NAS expert... and maybe I'm not understanding what you're saying, but I have four 8 TB drives and my available space after RAID was about 21 or 22 TB if I recall correctly. I'm not at home now or I'd check it.
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