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Recommendations for NAS

KryntekKryntek Registered User regular
I'm currently looking for an NAS hard drive for my home, something in the 2-3 TB area and less than $300. It will serve as a backup for 3 computers, but won't see heavy use. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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    AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    As in "a hard drive to go in a NAS" or "a NAS box with 2-3TB capacity"?

    If your router has a USB port, you can just rock a standard USB HDD on that. The most cost-effective option would be if you or a friend had an old PC you weren't using. You could run FreeNAS or Linux on it and just put a new HDD or two in there to meet your capacity needs. An old laptop would even work if you don't have any objections to using external drives with it.

    I don't know much about pre-built NAS boxes, though.

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    KryntekKryntek Registered User regular
    I am looking for a NAS box with 2-3 TB, and my router doesn't have a USB port. I would prefer to avoid a PC for size reasons.

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    EvilMonkeyEvilMonkey Registered User regular
    Not sure I understand the question. I have a DNS-323 that I threw a couple of 1.5 TB HDDs into. It's primarily used to serve media to the PS3 but I plan on running fun_plug with it one of these days to get more use out of it. Mostly so I can use rsync from the first disk to the second I think.

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    AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    This looks like a solid enough option. Set it up as a CIFS/SMB share and it should work with just about anything in your house. Probably want to get your own backup software, not sure what your needs or preference is for that.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Yeah buffalo drives are your best bet there.

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    GnomeTankGnomeTank What the what? Portland, OregonRegistered User regular
    Oh, that buffalo box looks nice. I've been looking to get a NAS soon, since I am starting the process of heavily media networking my house. I may pick one of those up.

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    TefTef Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    A good friend of mine uses this one-bay ZyXel NAS and it's pretty good. Pick up one of these 3tb WD red drives and you're coming in just under budget but doesn't include shipping costs.

    There is the 2-bay version of that NAS box for only like $2 more, but I have had no experience with it

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