Help purchasing a NAS

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Management, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Management macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2010
    I would like to purchase a NAS for my home theater and to integrate with PLEX app. I don't know anything about NAS but I'm here to get help from you all.

    What are some good brands and products that are known to be reliable and fast? Prices if you know them.

    Possible to get 4TB for $400?
  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    Why do you believe that you need a NAS drive?

    Will you actually be sharing the media?

    Is you house wired with Cat5?

  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Plex needs server and client, no? Or would you be running it entirely on an HTPC?
  4. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
  5. Management thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2010
    Ok so I thought a little more about this and would rather go with the Raid 0 4TB or higher external that I can later (when I have more money) connect the same size in a raid 1 mirror configuration.

    I looked at this: World Computing/ME8Q7T40H128/

    Can I get a second one in the future for Raid 1 mirror? If so how? If not then which on of those high capacity OWC drives will be capable? I can't buy bought now.

  6. systole, Mar 26, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2011

    systole macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2011
    If you want to do Raid 1 + 0 you would need to find a NAS that supports that in one enclosure. If you bought two indentical NASes, they would have their own ip address and operate independently. For your scenario, to achieve redundancy, you would have to copy the data twice, once to each NAS.

    As for Raid 0 or Raid 1, Raid 0 is faster, but it can bite you in the end. if one drive fails you can't read either drive. If it were me, I would save up a little more and get a 4 drive enclosure and do RAID 5. You'll have redundancy, and have 6GB of storage if using 2TB drives instead of 4TB of storage implementing Raid 0+1. Plus if one of the drives fail in a raid 5 array it can be replaced without any loss of data.

    Some brands to look at are Promise, QNAP, LACIE, and Netgear.
  7. Management thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2010
    Your referring to a configuration like this: World Computing/RPM3F8Q02.0T/

    Price is also a concern for me. Is this brand a good price to performance ratio? If not which brands. The 6GB one is $820. That's a lot. I might have to wait a while.

    Random question, is the Mac Pro capable of raid 5?
  8. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010

    I don't believe you have answered an important question which is, do you need a NAS? Are you looking for a NAS for redundancy or storage capacity? External USB drive's now come in 3TB capacities and would certainly be cheaper then buying a NAS, however if you want something you can connect to a network for the purposes of sharing your data then I would suggest you look at products from Qnap.

    Something like this might be good, however you still have to factor in the cost of the drives: Systems Inc./

    or this. Systems Inc./

    As you know, with two drives you can do RAID 1, as RAID 0 offers no redundancy at all. With three drives or more you can do RAID 5.

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