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So I'm wasn't sure where else to put this and I've not asked this in any other forums/groups so giving people here a first shot on their opinions on this. 

First if you didn't know.. NAS simply means Network Attached Storage. Usually a box with a set of Hard drives in it that contains a bare bones OS for the drives to work and operate. Having a NAS is pretty cool since you essentially have a bank of storage that isn't in your main PC that is always up and ready to use. In addition, many of them have cloud type apps or services so that you can actually grab files from your NAS from pretty much anywhere on the planet.

Now, what I have current and have been using for quite a number of years, is an old Western Digital MyCloud 3TB storage device. It has been excellent and done exactly what I needed over the years and it was cheap when I bought it. However, starting next year, WD due to secure concerns and updates will no longer support my device and in fact, I won't be able to use it for anything other than local network storage only so it won't be usable on their MyCloud website anymore. As it is a basic NAS I figure if I have to upgrade, now is the time to get something perhaps a little more?

First of all, I've only used up about 50% of the 3TB of storage my current one offers. That is because I don't copy a ton of stuff on there other than my digital music library and pictures. I used to store my rendered YT videos on it but then decided that was dumb since I can download any of my vids directly off YT whenever I want. However, my current device is just a single sealed 3TB spinner HDD and it is beyond its warranty timeframe already. Here are the questions I've been thinking about for my upgraded NAS:

- I want at least RAID1 support so that means I need a least a two drive bay NAS device. 

- Is it better to go with those that are sealed or hot swappable?

- I don't really plan to stream any high end videos from it so I don't know if I need one that can decode/encode on the fly as some now offer?

- Not sure if I need one with dual NICs since I only have a single Gigabit router and switch anyway

- Should I look at one with expandable RAM like the ones I've seen that actually use NVMe drives for cache use?

- What is the average size you think someone like myself might need?

- Is there a preference on brand and also with what HDDs to use?

 

Again, my apologies if this isn't the right place of group to discuss this but as I've only a few months before WD completely kills my current drive off I need to look at something now rather than later I guess.

 

 

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@CrossBow I've looked at a NAS boxes once or twice, but the price of those things has always been a turn off.  For data, photos and program storage I use a 3TB HD as well, but for video and music I use two 8TB hard drives that I swap back and forth between my main system and my little RPi4 KODI box.  This way all my data is duplicated and if one drive fails, I can go buy another and copy everything over to the replacement drive.  

I have no wish to use any form of cloud storage, the idea of paying a 3rd party to store my personal data has never appealed to me.  

 

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29 minutes ago, - Ω - said:

I have no wish to use any form of cloud storage, the idea of paying a 3rd party to store my personal data has never appealed to me.  

The MyCloud service didn't cost anything extra. I just had to setup the shares and users for my drive and make sure some stuff on my router was setup so allow it to communicate out on the open web and that was it. To actually use it now, I login to Western Digital's website simply called MyCloud.com and click on the model of the device I own. From there it will then ask me for my user and password that I have setup on my actual drive itself and then I'm in and able to browse, add stuff, download, delete as needed without being at the house at all.

It is actually quite helpful for me when I'm at my day job and a person has a question about services I've provided on their console and I can easily jump onto the MyCloud website, login to my actual MyCloud NAS and I can access their prior invoices along with all the pics I've take for reference from anywhere.

I need that same basic level of functionality but with the added benefit of a built in RAID1 mirror incase something should go afoul. Currently I've more storage in my PC than I actually know what to do with. I've got a 250gb NVMe as the boot drive and only the main apps and windows is on there. I then have 2x 1TB older WD Black Caviar spinner HDDs in a stripe RAID0 for maximum storage and performance. And two other 1TB Samsung 970 SSDs also in a RAID 0 stripe. Both of those stripe sets is where the games and temporary stuff is stored as I wouldn't be too upset should I lose one of those drives in the array.

But none of my storage arrays are more than about 50% filled currently. Still I've got a get a new NAS as some point hence why I was asking here.

 

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11 hours ago, CrossBow said:

The MyCloud service didn't cost anything extra. I just had to setup the shares and users for my drive and make sure some stuff on my router was setup so allow it to communicate out on the open web and that was it. To actually use it now, I login to Western Digital's website simply called MyCloud.com and click on the model of the device I own. From there it will then ask me for my user and password that I have setup on my actual drive itself and then I'm in and able to browse, add stuff, download, delete as needed without being at the house at all.

Sounds interesting, but I don't like the idea of being reliant on a third party, if I had a need to access my data remotely, let alone risk them being hacked and someone gaining access to my files.  If I ever do get a NAS, it'll be for intranet use only.  Besides as I age, the KISS principle is my goal.

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6 hours ago, - Ω - said:

Sounds interesting, but I don't like the idea of being reliant on a third party, if I had a need to access my data remotely, let alone risk them being hacked and someone gaining access to my files.  If I ever do get a NAS, it'll be for intranet use only.  Besides as I age, the KISS principle is my goal.

That is why I liked how the WD cloud worked. Just buy the device, plug it into the network, browse to it and setup your security, users...etc. It shows up as a mapped drive on the actual computers in the house to easily use it. On mobile devices and tablets, I have to use a MyCloud app that connects to it through the local network wireless and when I'm not in the house. Again, no additional cost to have the MyCloud service and it just worked.

Higher end NAS devices basically require you to setup an app on the actual device that allows it to communicate to the open web and then either another app is downloaded and used on your PC/Tablet or you can create your own web hosting from the device and essentially browse to it directly on the web if needed. In other words, it would be a more complex setup.

If I wanted the extra stuff I'm looking to get and keep the simplicity, I could just get a more expensive MyCloud that has removable drives...etc. But if I'm going to be spending $400+ for such a device and drives, I'd like to know if WD's options or another company are better choices.

 

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