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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Btrfs or Ext4?

Hi there - loved your Youtube videos and helpful advice. I've just replaced my DS213J which died with a new DS420+. 2x2TB drives (I plan to add more later). What I'm struggling to understand is which file system I should use and does it really matter? I did watch your videos but I was none the wiser. I'm a home consumer user. Primary usage will be to store and organise family photos (google photos replacement) and home videos. Secondary usage as a media server (music and movies). I will be torrenting a bit. Eventually I will want to also use it for surveillance. I won't be using it for business critical applications. I understand btrfs is supposed to address 'bitrot' and be more efficienct for storage use. For my usage, is there any benefit to going btrfs over Ext4? Or should I stick with Ext4, which is supposed to use less resources? Can I combine the two on one machine? e.g if I want to use the machine for surveillance, what is the best approach here? If I have 4 drives, 3 could be btrfs and one drive dedicated to ext4? Any suggestions appreciated as much of the searching I've done online to get an answer only leads to being drowned by technical information. Cheers Matthew
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 18 March 2021, 03:35
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Purchasing question?

I am an event photographer with a limited budget. I am in the process of upgrading my hardware and software for an easier more efficient workflow. I'm on a 27"iMac 2020 and moving to Big Sur. I use BackBlaze for cloud backup and DriveDx to monitor my drives. I've consolidated all data onto two 20tb T3 G-Drives one for family and one for clients. I am now looking for an additional two 20tb or one 40tb DAS T3 drive/s to daisy chain with them. I intend to use GoodSync to backup onto these new drives, or drive, then use the new faster drives as my main drives. Since I have both physical and cloud backup I'd like to use the DAS as RAID0. I am at a loss regarding what to purchase and would very much value your opinion. Thank you
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 18 March 2021, 03:15
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Review Our NAS?

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NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 18 March 2021, 01:05
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64GB, 32GB and ECC memory in the QNAP TS-873A NAS - Memory Upgrade Test

Discuss: 64GB, 32GB and ECC memory in the QNAP TS-873A NAS - Memory Upgrade Test
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 18 March 2021, 00:00
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Hi! Love your content! I'm looking to buy my first NAS. I saw your videos on storing Steam games on a NAS and I would love to offload my games to an external storage rather than clutter up my main PC, especially since I have multiple devices connected to my Steam account with the same games installed. I also have a separate server machine running plex and a few virtual machines. A gaming virtual machine is planned in the future when I can convert that server machine to esxi (currently using workstation player on windows) and upgrade my cpu's/gpu's. I was thinking of storing my vm files on the NAS as well if possible. My Plex library currently only consumes 3TB, but is growing. My Steam/Emulator library is also 3TB and growing. My vm's currently only take up about 0.5TB and I don't see it getting above 1TB anytime soon. I will shortly be upgrading my server, gaming computer, and network switch to 10gbe, so I'm looking for a 10gbe NAS solution. Is it too ambitious to do all of these on one NAS? Would 5 bays be enough for a RAID 5 to be fast enough to utilize my 10gbe connections? Thank you so much!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 17 March 2021, 23:35
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Upgrading from a Western digital pr4100 to a qnap for plex server ?

Hi, I'm very new to Qnap been reading plex's requirement spread sheet for the best systems to play 4k UHD videos and the best out there seems to be the qnap TVS-1282T3 I like the features and I'm hoping it uses plex to it full potential, if you have any thoughts on that would love to hear them. another question is I am using tons of sing external Hardrives as cold storage for my western digital pr4100 Nas and would like to have one big storage array preferably 8 top 12 bay external hardrive can the expansions TX-800P be uses in such a manner where can plug it into my PC and it sees it as one big drive or is there another Qnap product I should be looking at ? any and all advice would be helpful. Best regards!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 17 March 2021, 19:55
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There doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there on Direct Attached Storage solutions. I have tons of 4k video piling up (well over 10 TB and counting - recording the girls's softball games) on external hard drives and would like to put them all in one place. But, it's just me and I have no need for a networked attached device. Something like the Syba 5 bay enclosure looks interesting, but I don't see a lot of information about it. The buffalo drivestations looked intriguing as well, but it doesn't appear to have a diskless option and they appear to ship with no bigger than 4TB internal drives. Any recomendations? Thanks,
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 17 March 2021, 18:55
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Separate NAS Hard drive for surveillance ?

Hello, I’m new to NAS. Thank you for your videos it has helped me tremendously in make the move to NAS. I purchased a sys ology DS1520 and I have attached two Reolink E1 zoom cameras. I currently have 3 iron wolf drives. My main question is, I have a 1tb WD purple drive from an old surveillance system, would it be a benefit to add it to my NAS and can I set it up to be used only for surveillance station. If you have a video on this topic that would be great. Thank you very much for your help
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 17 March 2021, 18:00
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Hi. I've been watching a few of your videos. Thank you for the information...I really enjoy them. I was hoping you could recommend a NAS for me. I will be running Mac OS for the most part, but do have a PC in the mix as well. I have a Synology router (RT2600ac) and I've connected a USB drive to it and so I am familiar with "DS Router" and "DS File" on my phone only. This will be for a family of three, all on iPhones. I have four main uses cases for what I am looking for - 1. Backup those iPhones and the photos / videos on them. I'd like to have this be as automated as possible and key is that all three phones be able to get backed up. 2. Host iTunes music on the NAS to be ably to sync with iTunes. I don't need to stream the music from the NAS so much as to just have the files live on the NAS so they can manually sync with iTunes and then with the phones after that. I could see Plex coming into the mix at some point, but I am not currently using it. 3. Backup the computer's HD's...though I think I may keep most / all of my files on the NAS and thus not need to back up much. 4. As such, host random files on the NAS (Excel, Powerpoint, Word, .PDF, etc...). I want to be able to access these files from anywhere / any machine...ideally phone and computer, but computer more often than on a phone. I don't have massive storage needs...thinking 2 TB or so. I would go with a two bay system so I can have each drive backed-up / mirrored. I don't shy away from tinkering with settings, but I don't have an IT background. Software / ease of use, especially for the iPhones to be able to backup is more important than spec's of the NAS and ability to upgrade, etc... re: Synology apps - DS file requires me to open the app to have my photos back up. I am not sure if I can have that app on all of the phones, but regardless, we are away from our home network often and I don't think I can get photos to backup when not on the home network, hence my interest in a NAS setup. It is possible there is more to explore with the router in this regard. I also had iTunes music on that drive and was able to sync through it, but that setup was a bit slow and again I was not able to figure out how to get to it when not at home (if that is even an option). Appreciate any input you can give.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 17 March 2021, 15:35
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Simple NAS + occasional editing capabilities

Hi Very impressed by the knowledge and mass of info at your site! As a NAS noob I however get a bit overwhelmed by all the information, so it would be awesome if you could give me some feedback on my perhaps very basic question:) I currently have about 1,5TB of video files that now lives on external HDDs + a Time Capsule, and I want to improve and simplify my setup. I work as a cinematographer. But I’m not an editor, so I don’t need a pro editing setup. A few times a year I do however work with my material in DaVinci Resolve or FCPX, to do grading or simple edits for things like tests or showreels. Projects are typically 0,5 to 10GB, and very rarely 4K. (Although that might change). I currently work from my maxed out 2012 MBP, and the external drives gives me about 60MB/s in BMSpeedTest. It’s of course far from snappy and I wouldn’t mind better performance. But amazingly enough it works, and might give you an idea of what I'm used to. (I will however upgrade as soon as the M1X MBPs comes out) So my initial idea was to move everything to a NAS, and do everything directly from it. Apart from storage; I only need TimeMachine compatibility and remote access to the files. No streaming, transcoding, surveillance, or any other software. I do have a physical size restriction and would like to keep the unit as small as possible. 2 bay = great. 3 bay = might work. 4 bay = too big. SSD NAS = too expensive for my needs. I currently have a 1GBE network, and I value low noise… Initial options I looked at: - DS220J with 2 x 4TB HDDs in RAID1 Cheap. But from what I understand; editing from it will not be faster than my current setup and it’s not really upgradable - DS220+ with 2 x 4TB HDDs in RAID1 Better hardware. But in RAID1 it still might not add enough difference for my needs, to warrant the doubling of price compared to DS220J? - QNAP TS-328 with 3 x 4TB HDDs in RAID5 Does RAID5 give enough of a speed boost to make it a good unit to edit on? If so; can I keep the 1GBE or do I need to update it? Alternative option: - Buy a cheap NAS. Then use the extra cash to buy an external SSD drive, and transfer the material when I want to edit stuff. This would be economical, while still having the option of really snappy editing possibilities. But it’s also a hassle having to transfer projects back and forth. So my lazy side would like a solution where I don’t need to transfer the files for edits. What would you recommend? My best /Simon
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 17 March 2021, 12:40
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64GB RAM question?

May I know if going to install 64GB RAM on QNAP TS-h973AX will it able to see 64GB RAM installed? as I watched your video (64GB, 32GB and ECC memory in the QNAP TS-873A NAS - Memory Upgrade Test) TS873A and TS-h973AX are using same CPU.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 17 March 2021, 04:50
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Noob NAS/DAS question?

Hey man, I like you're videos, feel like I'm learning a lot and have a quesiton about what the best route to take would be. I'm a video editor working with a lot of footage - around 25 TB at the moment. I'm on a PC that has Thunderbolt 3 (Not sure how reliable it is at the moment). I've mainly been working with proxies or off of external drives and have been looking at either a NAS or a DAS to edit off of. With a NAS would I have to upgrade my internet service? or would I be able to directly connect the NAS to my PC? I currently just have a Comcast xFi Gateway with 800Mbps download speed. Would I be better suited to just get a DAS and call it a day or would a NAS be a better option?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 16 March 2021, 22:10
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