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NAS for under $300 with Drives?

2 10 October 8, 2019 at 06:32 AM
Looking for NAS setup that includes couple of drives ( 2x4TB perhaps) . Plan is to use this for backing up photos and documents. QNAP and SYNOLOGY for above comes in the 400 to 500 range.

Any suggestions?

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I am in the market for QNAP TS-453Be or TS-253Be (preferred due to space constraints). I'm hoping for some deals around black Friday.

Drives:
https://shop.westerndigital.com/p...d#WD40EFRX
Youth Discount has 20% coupons so that brings down to about $160 (w/o tax) for 2 X 4TB. (PM me if you want a discount code).

NAS:
You may find deals on TS-231P around black Friday.
TerraMaster F2-210 is going for about $150 right now.

Optionally you may want to get a small SSD for caching.
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If it's just for backup why not an external USB hard drive?
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https://shop.westerndigital.com/p...d#WD40EFRX
Youth Discount has 20% coupons so that brings down to about $160 (w/o tax) for 2 X 4TB.
Isn't it 2 x $119.99 - 20% = $192 ?
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You will almost always do better getting the unit without drives and adding the drives separately. It will be cheaper usually if you can wait for a sale.

That said, these days with large capacity\10TB usb 3 external drives in the 160 dollar range on sale, one has to ask oneself whether a NAS setup is really needed. Outside of the Raid redundancy (and raid is not backup), one can get a used i5\i7 3rd or 4 th gen PC and hook up a couple of 10 TB USB3 drives a lot cheaper usually.

The NAS's real benefit is not having a PC running all the time (you have the NAS unit running) and the raid, but running a PC all the time is minimal cost and most people do not need raid level support at home (they just need to do backups regularly and have sufficient space to do that).
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Isn't it 2 x $119.99 - 20% = $192 ?
They (WD and Amazon) had some deal going on couple days ago so the 4TB reds were going for 99.99. It was posted on SD I think.
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You will almost always do better getting the unit without drives and adding the drives separately. It will be cheaper usually if you can wait for a sale.

That said, these days with large capacity\10TB usb 3 external drives in the 160 dollar range on sale, one has to ask oneself whether a NAS setup is really needed. Outside of the Raid redundancy (and raid is not backup), one can get a used i5\i7 3rd or 4 th gen PC and hook up a couple of 10 TB USB3 drives a lot cheaper usually.

The NAS's real benefit is not having a PC running all the time (you have the NAS unit running) and the raid, but running a PC all the time is minimal cost and most people do not need raid level support at home (they just need to do backups regularly and have sufficient space to do that).
Before buying a NAS recently I priced out the cost of building one myself. I calculated that, irrespective of the drives, I could save $100 (25%) building my own and end up with something that worked but was overall much less polished than a pre-built unit. As for external USB drives, I wouldn't use them for anything other than backups. Using a big drive with no redundancy as a storage hub is asking for trouble.
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From experience DO NOT go cheap on a NAS, I did the Dlink Share Center 320 years ago and what a total POS it has turned out to be. I happened into a Synology 218j at a new job and holy cow what a difference a good OS makes with a company that supports it whole hog. This little entry NAS, which I'll have to upgrade soon, is serving 20 users a share with 5 sinology drive clients, its like DROPBOX, for remote people.

Probably would have never looked at Synology had I not stumbled upon one, they do so much more to, mail server, web server, VPN server, SNMP server, real time 4K streaming for plex users, the list just goes on and on and on. Need to send someone a large file, just send a link and let the DS serve it to them. Seriously there are so many apps its really impressive.

Need to back it up or sync it with the cloud like Wasabi or any other S3 compatible storage clouds, no problem its easy. I sync ours using cloud sync to wasabi nightly and also back it up to Wasabi, @ $6/mo for a TB it's a no brainer. I also hang a USB3 external laptop drive in a cheap shell off the side for local backups, set it and forget it. Like to have it email you for anything you wish to monitor

Synology also offers their own cloud at pretty reasonable prices depending on egress. The amount of apps you can run of one of these is really mind blowing and if you're looking for something that can take more RAM then the 218, 718, or 918 are good choices.

I'm looking at one of the above for an upgrade for the office AND one for the house.

As far as building one which I thought about long before I used a Synology DS, that faded fairly quickly after I used it. There is just way to many features using a DS that Free Nas and others will never come close to.
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