Inventory includes: Windows 10 Desktop, Windows 10 laptop, MacBook Air (Catalina), MacBook Air M1 Big Sur). NAS use for centralized storage for disaster recovery. I have 1TB OneDrive storage and 2TB iDrive storage. I would like to retain both versions of APFS, Catalina and Big Sur along with NTFS on Windows 10 machines. I would also like a local port on the NAS to attach Thunderbolt / USB to provide 20 Gbps for backup of NAS.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 20 March 2021, 04:00
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I have read your article about the 8 things wrong. I have selected a Qnap tvs 472XT. I am living in a rural area where the internet is no that good I am planning to upload in the nas all my personal data, as well as movies and music I want to stream movies and music to my TVs questions 1. what do you think about the 472xt processor ? will it do the job ? Intel® Pentium G5400T 2-core 3.1 GHz Processor 2. Memory no problem i will expand it as much as i can , may be 8 - 32 gb 3. what about the graphic processor Intel® UHD Graphics 610 4. Noise ? I will locate it far away and do HDMI connection 5. Plex media looks like no issue ? do really appreciate your feedback and advise Thanks ED
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 20 March 2021, 03:00
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What software do I NEED to DL for the TX-X53D?

I have finally got things running and now I am looking through the DL section in the QNAP software site and there is a huge amount of software, it is for home use, what do I actually need. BIOS updates and drivers OK, but what else, just the basics, or what do you recommend?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 20 March 2021, 02:35
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NAS media streaming to Macbook to replace USB hard drive use?

Hey, So this is just a general question about NAS devices... For years I have just used USB-connected hard drives to play music, watch films on my Macbook with iTunes/Swinsian/VLC, and now I would like to do the same, but wirelessly so I don't have to keep plugging and unplugging anytime I want to watch/listen to things. I have little knowledge or experience on NAS, but in my head I'm thinking I can get one, stick some drives in, connect to my router so it will show up on my network, then access it from my laptop with a password or something and then just use it as I would a USB-connected hard drive. But from some googling and reading, it doesn't sound like it would be that simple at all. Lots of talk about setting up different servers and such which sounds beyond my expertise. Can you give any help or advice on this? I'm looking at a Synology DS420J if that helps. Thanks.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 20 March 2021, 01:45
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NAS for Plex Media Server - 8 Mistakes People ALWAYS Make!

Buying a NAS for Plex Media Server - 8 Things People Get WRONG! If you have decided to invest in a network-attached storage device to host your Plex media server, then congratulations, you are close
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 20 March 2021, 00:30
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Synology DS1821+ vs QNAP TS-873A NAS Drive Comparison

Discuss: Synology DS1821+ vs QNAP TS-873A NAS Drive Comparison
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 20 March 2021, 00:00
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Aquiring First NAS ?

Hello, I'm looking to buy a NAS. After long consideration and watching some of your videos again I thought of buying the ds1621+, but... when I enquired about a NAS at a local store they said the ds620slim would be better suited because of the streaming software on it and the pricerange. I don't know what to do, what to get. Maybe you could help with some advice. What do I need it for: - Picture library - file server(documents, excell files, photoshop and aftereffects files/projects,...) - we have a big dvd/bluray collection to ingest, family/vacation videos(possibly editing-if possible on NAS with the rpm restrictions 5400rpms) - iTunes media storage. I want to use it to save the library on so I can access it by computer without needing to attach a external hdd to my laptop. - We'd like the possibility to watch the videos on our flatscreen tv, tablets, laptop,... I looked at Plex. Looks good but the clerck at the store told me that synology has a streaming app of its own. on iOS it does not get a lot of points. I watched your test video on the ds1621+ with 4K material. I don't know if we'd have video with 200Mbps bitrate. about the storage capacity. I was first looking at 4TB drives but that seems less and less an option if I count the load of ext drives I have at home. we already have around 6-7TB worth of matrial to store/transfer without the dvd/bluray collection. Are 'PRO' drives nescessary or are basic nas drives enough? I looked at a 6 bay to use RAID6. I like the peace of mind of the security of 2 discs redundancy. knowing all this. I'd love to hear your thoughts about this, because it has been a hell of two weeks looking into this. best regards and really looking forward to your thoughts Gunther Mertens storage noob
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 19:20
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Help to pick nas server?

Which is the easiest to setup for a dummy like me? I have 3 laptops and a smart t.v.... I'd like to be able to share AND ACCESS (edit) my files, play my audio and video files on my home network. Also definately access remotely.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 18:30
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Is it possible to upgrade to 16gb RAM for DS416play ?

Greetings, I'd like to upgrade my DS416play to 16gb RAM. I know you tested it already for 8gb RAM cf : ). But I'd like to know for certain if I can go for 1x16Gb directly. Though, those are hard to find for Belgium => "16GB Crucial CT204864BF160B 16 GB (DDR3L, 1600 MT/s, PC3L-12800, SODIMM, 204-Pin) Memory", I'll try to find an offer, if I find out for sure that it will be compatible. Maybe 16gb is to much ? And I'll should go with 8 gb ? Thank you for your help, Warm regards, Jean D.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 17:15
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NAS for pictures?

I have been looking for a NAS system for my home. I want use it for my photos (editing and able to view on the phone.), video, and home back up. I will be used with mostly iPhones and Mac computers. the editing software I use is Lightroom and photoshop. I have been looking at the Asustor AS5305T and the Synology DS920+. If you have any suggestions or recommendations that would be great. Cheers
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 16:25
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>$500 4-Bay HDMI and Remote?

Want a Home Media Server. 2 or 4 Bay with HDMI and Remote. (Remote needed if All Control is from sofa?)
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 15:30
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NAS advice?

Hello, First thanks for your blog, it is really amazing. I was wondering if you could help me make a decision. I need a NAS for mainly professional use. My idea is to host all my data on the NAS (installed in my office) and have a network drive constantly mapped to the office computer. Also, I would need to be able to map the network drive from my home PC from often. In principle I would be the unique user, except for specific moments. A RAID 1 would be sufficient for my needs. My work does not require high speed but it is true that from time to time I need to open large files constantly ~ 100Mb. I've been reading and I think that the QNAP software is more suited to my profile because it is more customizable, I have some computer skills without becoming an expert, of course. Do you have any model recommended for me? Thanks for your help, Best regards, Alberto
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 13:30
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Home NAS for sharing files with family in Europe?

I am looking to get my first NAS It is for my home; the idea is that I can stream my files to my TV while also sharing with my family at home in Europe I want to get a DS920+ and some HDs I need advice on which HDs to get - Seagate seem the best, but Synology also do their own, and I don't know which might be best My concerns are my limited tech knowledge in assembling a system like this from scratch And also being able to set up a network where I can stream Plex to my TV, as if my NAS were just another service Apologies if these questions are super basic Thanks --Sean
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 13:25
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Want to make the right decision on a NAS?

Hi, Firstly, thank you so much for your YouTube channel. Your videos are incredibly helpful. My wife and I run a small kitchen design business. We are mostly located at home but also have a small design studio located approximately 2 miles from our house. Obviously, during lockdown, we haven't spent much time in the design studio. This will change as restrictions ease. Whilst I'm pretty tech savvy, networking is a struggle at home. We tend to pass files between us on a memory stick due to me being unable to get my wife's PC laptop to display on the home network. It's for this reason that I've rejected NAS drives in the past. However, we are about to take on our first employee, who will work from home. So we need a solution to share files between: Our house The design studio Employee's house I'm at a loss as to which NAS to go for (or just take out a DropBox subscription for the three of us). The Synology DS920+ looks to be a good option. I'm thinking 2x 6tb drives set to RAID 1 for safety. I like the expandability but this is an expensive investment. This will be mostly for file sharing between staff. But could also be used for domestic computer storage, PLEX and possibly surveillance cameras (currently paying for Google NEST subscription). Your advice would be greatly appreciated. If I decide to go ahead, can I purchase all of the items through you? Regards, Mike.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 07:45
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Best NAS for home use with HDMI?

What is the best NAS in your opinion, 4 or 6 bay, 8-16GB, I have just purchased 4 WD 4TB RED NAS drives and so would like to buy a GOOD (Recommended by you) NAS BOX, Please let me know.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 19 March 2021, 02:50
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QNAP ts230 vs Synology 218 vs Synology 220+?

I am a first time NAS buyer for my home use. I am looking mainly for storage for my music collection & photos. Also to access my storage remotely. I also want to remove some of the strain from my laptop. I have ordered the qnap ts-230 & am waiting delivery. I am now rethinking that maybe I should have purchased the synology 218 or doubled up the price & purchased the synology 220+ ? I realize the 220+ has a faster intel processor & can expand the ram. What benefits will the 220+ provide to me? I will not need anything more than 2 bay. What would you recommend that I look at purchasing?
CH Chimper asked on 18 March 2021, 19:28
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What Nas should i consider?

I need a NAS to have a folder shared on my private network, so that i can access all videos, photos and music that i have on all devices. I usualy use Kodi for this For now i share a hard drive from my desktop pc, but i need to have it always on, and i would like to have another solution I considered qnap ts-230, but i now see it doesnt support Kodi? I have android tv's so the Kodi would run on the tv, not on NAS
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 18 March 2021, 18:40
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Mixing HDDs for different purposes?

Brilliant guidance across the subject - thanks. Following it, I'm upgrading my Synology DS212 (which was struggling) to a DS920 Plus with 2 Western Digital Red Plus 6TB EFZX CMR drives. In part, this is to incorporate some future proofing. My main use is as a Media Server. However, at some point I may consider adding Surveillance functionality. Is it possible to populate one of the spare bays with a suitable (e.g. WD Purple) HDD and dedicate it, on its own, to that role? If so how do you go about it and does the new HDD need matching in any way to the specification of the others? If possible please can you give an indication of what sort of capacity such a HDD should have in light of it overwriting earlier footage. This subject could be of wider interest for those wanting to have a similar mixed functionality.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 18 March 2021, 17:50
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Terramaster NAS F5-221 NAS 5-Bay?

So I currently am running a Seagate Blackamor 4-Bay 16 TB NAS on my home network. I have this set up in a Raid-0 configuration. As a result, as you know I have no backup capability. So I am looking at purchasing the TerraMaster F4-210 because of its affordability and expandability. What I am wondering is can I start off with just one HDD in it? I'd like to start with just one 16TB drive, for now, to give me a backup for what I currently have. And then in the future expand this to 64 TB w. 4 x 16TB drives. My thought is to make what I currently have into 2 - 4TB = 8 TB using the other two drives as mirrors of the main two and the same with this new TerraMaster. I would like to expand it at the same time into a 32 TB system with two drives x 16TB and then two more drives as mirrors of those main two. I need to research the RAID configurations more as I am not that familiar with them but I am pretty confident that this is possible. But doing this in stages of affordability is where I am at, and is why I am wondering if I can get away with one drive in it for now?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 18 March 2021, 17:25
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Suitable 4 bay nas for my use patterns?

I have one Netgear NV+v2 (4x 3Tb) which is unreliable (it just lost 4TB of data); I also have 2 Netgear Readynas 214 (4x 4Tb), which are getting VERY full. So I need (at least) another 4 bay (or more) to fill up with 4Tb WD Red (CMR, not SMR), unless adviced otherwise (Netgear always recommended WD Red, and THB I had some issue with Seagates). At moment I cannot see the RN 214 any more "in stock" on the UK market, only the 424 (@~£340/370, which in your review, you do NOT really recommend for home use. I REALLY like Netgear build quality, but I find the software quite user unfriendly - it's designed for the "office network manager" and I am not one of them (although being reasonably computer literate, I analysed data with spreadsheets for 25y). But I also had (software?) problem with the NV+, and a RN104 died on me (but the disks went into a 214 without loss of data, which would have been DIABOLICAL) QNAP & Sinology have a pletora of models, and quite frankly I don't know where to start. I need NASses (or other alternatives, not yet considered) to a) keep all my data safe in one place, in 25 Y I had many PCs & laptops, I need a COMMON storage place; that includes 25 years of pictures, music, live gigs etc. b) I DL movies series (BBC4, Montalbano, Horizon, F1, MotoGP etc) and lots of other stuff of and I can see with DLNA on the android TV; c) being Italian, I would wish to have access to the data from Italy. That should be possible with the existing NETGEAR kits, but I never really managed to sort it out; and with my old internet plan (700kb/1Mb upload), and a flaky connectivity in italy, it would have been almost pointless. d) I never used PLEX, I barely know what it is, I might do in future...maybe. Ditto for NETFLIX e) I don't have any surveillance in place - it would be useful for sure, but I don't see it happening at moment f) VERY BAD OF ME - I don't have a Backup policy in place: being very messy, I have lots of spare copies of important stuff, but I need to address this. But with 15/20Tb of unique data (on RAID..5.. ?), that may mean a lot more shopping to do. Sorry for the verbosity, and thanks for the help in advance - Kind regards
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 18 March 2021, 13:25
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