Ready NAS Duo or Lacie 2Big? For simple needs

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by sdavis81, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. sdavis81 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2009
    Mac, newb, I have read many of the threads regarding wireless network solutions. I think my needs are more simple than many so wondered about more directed advice.

    I have ruled out Drobo, using Mac Mini as server, building server using old G4 as probably more than I need right now and too expensive, maybe in future.

    I have: MacBook Pro 2.5ghz Core Duo, Westell 327W networking router (no USB, Ethernet 10/100) and external hard drive.

    WOuld like:
    1) to store all Itunes on network drive (and NOT on computer or it fills it up!). Libarary right now about 150gigs. WOuld like to work with files wirelessly, maybe stream music to MBP, or later to Airtunes.
    2) 2 drive system, swappable drives, RAID 1 for some backup.
    3) remote access a plus
    4) store IPhoto libary here and work with it wirelessly
    5) store iMovie library here and work with it wirelessly (don't have any vids right now, will just have some camcorder vids of new baby). Don't care about movies/TV shows.

    I have narrowed down my choices to these two. It appears both support Mac, although from what I can tell the Ready NAS supports HFS+ and the Lacie does not. I honestly do not know what this means in practice.

    Ready NAS will be about twice as much money making me lean towards Lacie, unless the NFS thing is important for me, or unless others have more salient thoughts!

    Appreciate any help!
  2. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Just be aware I believe Lacie doesn't sell the trays for the drives by themselves, you have to buy the tray and drive from Lacie for a higher price.

    Here's a thread about it.
  3. rtakman macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2009
    I would like to do exactly the same as you described above. What did you choose? and did it do what you wanted?


  4. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    I have been bouncing the idea of a Duo or NV+

    I would love to hear others experiences with either.
    My kids are going to larger file needs, we have externals all over doing backups and would rather have the capabilities of something like a Duo for external access as well as backup. Duo's are around $240 after rebate with 1Tb drive---might be a good time to grab one and learn about capabilities. I am a Network noob in a big way.
  5. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2009
    I have also been looking at the Netgear ReadyNAS NV, NV+ and Pro. I really liked them and they did everything I wanted and they supported the 2TB drives that I will use. The only huge downside was the price.

    I have now decided on a Synology DS-409. It features everything the ReadyNAS can do, including Time Machine over the network, it is expandable via an eSATA port on the back and comes with 2 iPhone apps for music and photos. It also uses the standard RAID technologies, whereas the ReadyNAS can use their own RAID configuration called X-RAID. Although it sounded good, I didn't like the idea of that too much.

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