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Certifying / Validating NAS HDDs at Setup?

How may I validate / Certify individual HDDs during my QNAP setup. (Would like to start by making sure all new individual HDDs are in perfect working order and was not damaged during shipment etc. Would prefer a complete Read/Write verification test of all data blocks available through DAS products such as SoftRaid. BTW: I am setting up a new QNAP TVS-872XT with 8 Seagate Exos 14TB drives in RAID-6
PA Pamerasi asked on 17 February 2021, 00:59
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Use a USB hub on a QNAP NAS?

Have you tried using a USB 3.0 hub on a QNAP NAS? I plugged an Anker USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 10-Port Hub into the USB 3.0 port on the rear of my QNAP TS-251 NAS and it seems to work okay with multiple external USB drives plugged into the hub. If this works, then it seems like a way to add more USB 3.0 ports to the NAS. I would assume that there is a practical limit to the number of USB drives you could add this way. I'm wondering if you have tested something like this.
Use a USB hub on a QNAP NAS?
SC Scbobr asked on 10 February 2021, 23:40
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Qnap ts-453d questions?

Ok. I asked this question earlier and got a reply. "The website for Qnap shows that I can use the ts-453d with 8 cameras on a home surveillance system. Qnap says it needs 8gb ram to do so. But the 4gb specs say it will transfer 160 GB per sec, and the nas surveillance calculator shows I will need something like 48gb per sec. Can I do 8 cameras with 4gb model (I plan on upgrading to more than 8 at a later date)?" The reply I got is "IP cameras themselves do not require extra RAM. You can have 8 cameras recording with 4GB RAM with no problems. You need RAM for playback. It also depends on which software you will use to operate your cameras. If you use Surveillance Station, this app do not need much resources to run and operate. If you are looking at QVR Pro then this app will require some more resources then the other app mentioned. QVR Client is a desktop app for your computer. The requirement for 8GB RAM is mentioned for your computer if you refer to this : https://www.qnap.com/en-uk/software/qvr-pro Either way, whichever software you choose to use, you can upgrade RAM capacity at any time in the future." I have another question. So the 8gb ram requirement is for my home computer? I have never used a nas, but think the features of one (qumagie, qvr pro) are phenomenal apps. So just to be clear, using the qvr pro software, if I get the 4gb ts-453d, and have a home computer with more than 8gb of ram, I shouldn't have any problem? Does this apply to the hdmi output of the device as well? What i want to do is have the 453d in my garage inside a large safe. run a cat6 cable to my router, to be able to access it from one of 3 computers. all will have more than the 8gb of ram. when i get all of the cameras i want for a surveillance system, is all i will need then a switch? sorry for so many questions, just havent done much with networking before, but I think a nas is the best solution for the cost in my case. Thanks in advance. Also, does NasCompares have affiliate links for purchases or a patreon?
BP Bphillips35131 asked on 28 January 2021, 20:32
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What is flash memory used for?

I'm planning to purchase a Qnap NAS, but when comparing some of them I see huge difference on terms of flash memory (512MB vs 5GB) What is this memory used for? Is it crucial to choose a big number here?
AN Antomonte asked on 02 January 2021, 00:27
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Setting up 3 tiered Qnap?

You mentioned really liking how Qnap has a 3-tiered system (SATA drives, SATA SSD, NVMe SSD) but I haven't found an explanation of how it should be configured and the tradeoffs. Do you like Qtier? Should the SATA SSDs be a separate pool or merged with the main pool using Qtier?
SR Sr22pilot asked on 28 December 2020, 03:33
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First NAS and I need to run CrashPlanPro -- QNAP or Synology?

I will soon be purchasing my first NAS and NASCompares & the YouTube videos have been invaluable. I'm not TOO technically minded, but I do use an Ubuntu Desktop as my primary computer and am an Android phone user. Though I was originally considering Synology, I now (thanks in large part to NASCompares) feel that QNAP is a better fit for me. I will have 4x12TB Seagate NAS drives and was planning on either the TS-453D (with 8GB) or the DS920+. I will primarily be using it for Plex and also storing massive amounts of photos & archive videos. I would very much like to use CrashPlan for small Business which seems to generally work on both. The comments under this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dZaTRKfETg seem to indicate that it may no longer be a working solution for CrashPlan on QNAP, but this video indicates that CrashPlan will work on Synology using Docker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8OMN08VQ6A -- will that same Docker solution also work on QNAP via Container Station?
DI Digitzingman asked on 11 December 2020, 05:36
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QNAP - SSD buying/configuring device.?

I recently purchased a QNAP 453D for a great price. I have installer 4x4TB. I also bought a QM2-2S-220A to hold a pair of M.2 SATA SSD Expansion Cards. I have a series of questions ... thanks in advance for your responses. NAS Purpose: -File server for home businesses - nothing special. -Plex for watching a various movies on home tv ( 1 4K TV) most movies are 1080P -Photo organization (likely QuMagie App - but I have not played with it yet ) (200 K photos) -Backup for various devices. -VMs but not for the foreseeable future. -Surveillance down the road. How to configure SSD Should I run them the 2 SSDs as 2 RAID 0? In using Cache why would I ever configure RAID 1? How much cache? How much for storage/Apps? What Apps should I install on the Application Volume if any? for QuMagie? Plex? I plan on buying 2 x 500GB. Should I consider going to 1 TB? what questions should I be asking myself? Thanks for your help, I look forward to adding value to site.
NO Nojunk asked on 06 December 2020, 21:43
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Need help buying a NAS?

I am Having a little difficulty choosing a NAS. My use cases are for For backups, Business file services, surveillance, downloading hard copy movies to NAS for plex, and scanning personal pictures and photographs. I live in Canada Ontario if that helps you with your search. The file services portion is the most important however we still want a NAS that can consistently do the other things. our budget like listed above is $800 CAD to $1400 CAD $1500 CAD being ABSOLOUTE max. this price is not including the price of the drives as we will slowly build up the # of drives. I really hope you can help just like your videos helped me choose out our first NAS. BTW we need anywhere from 6-8 drive bays Thanks, Konrad
KO Konrad asked on 02 December 2020, 17:59
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QNAP TVS-872XT Capacity increase and RAID Migration from 5 to 6 Upgrade Order?

In my QNAP TVS-872XT, I have four 16 TB drives in a RAID 5 configuration. I am going to add two more drives to this and am looking to increase the storage and migrate to RAID 6 too. Is there a preferred/optimal way to do this? e.g. 1) add one drive then migrate to RAID 6, following on from that add the second drive to increase the storage capacity? 2) upgrade the capacity, then the RAID level? 3) Can they both be done at once? I'm not even sure that is possible. I'm thinking that the first option of the RAID migration followed by the expansion might be safest? What do people think? Any comments or suggestions will be gratefully received. Many thanks, Alex.
AL Alexwalker.photo asked on 24 November 2020, 19:53
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Qnap Red Light Flashing - continued topic?

Dear Experts, Some time ago there was a post on Q&A Forum about status LED flashing https://nascompares.com/answer/qnap-red-light-flashing-solution/ In the article there was statement "If it doesn’t boot, you will need to come back to me.".....sooo I come back. I have QNAP 453B, after firmware update the NAS is "dead". Status LED if flashing (color red, period 2sec). The HDD drive's are plugged out. There is no beep signal. Fan is not rotate (I disconnected the fun plug and connect the fan to external power supply - fun is working). If needed I can replace the FAN to new one. But before firmware update he works fine (software update damaged him? I don't think so.) What do you think? Is there any option to bring the NAS alive?
MU Muniek12 asked on 16 November 2020, 12:39
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Backup Plex Media Data on QNAP?

Hi need help backing up plex media data on my qnap nas. can't find it in file explorer. Windows user unfamiliar with qnap os.
AN Anthony asked on 09 November 2020, 18:16
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TS-109 Pro not visible?

Bought a second hand TS-109 Pro, downloaded QFinder Pro and the latest firmware 3.3.3. All installed correctly but cannot see it on the network or map a drive in windows 10 When I click Details in QFinder Pro, it comes up with a log in screen where I put default username and password, the it does a little search for a few seconds and closes down??? When I click on Network Drives, there is nothing to select in the Select IP Address dropdown box??? I know it's an old system but I wanted to try it out to share music and videos on my network. Thanks in advance
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AN Andyb63uk asked on 27 October 2020, 10:53
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QNAP QGD-1600P switch and QNAP QXG-10G2T-107 10 GbE expansion card?

I bought the QXG-10G2T-107 for my 1600P after checking in the QNAP compatibility table for suitable cards for my switch. When I put the card in the switch will not boot, it just hangs on "booting". I have an M.2 NVMe SSD drive card in the switch that works fine. Could anyone help me with some thoughts as to why the card does not seem to be compatible- many thanks
CH Chethiuz asked on 03 October 2020, 10:52
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QNAP HBS versioning/snapshots only to external backup?

I have a Backup job set on a daily schedule in HBS 3 from a QNAP to an attached external USB Drive. When I did a test Restore job I only see a single backup version available from the most recent backup of the day before. How do I save these daily scheduled backups as versioned backups more akin to Time Machine? I've watched some of your (very helpful) videos about snapshots but as far as I understand it, the snapshot lives on the main source QNAP. I was hoping to get the versioning only on the external USB backup. Are you forced to turn on snapshots on the main QNAP first and then the HBS scheduled backup job would also grab the snapshot data each day? Essentially I’m asking what’s the best way to replicate w/ HBS (or a different QNAP app) how Time Machine can backup daily versions to an external drive only. Thanks!
JA Jas asked on 07 September 2020, 20:58
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Advice on new QNAP NAS purchase?

Upgrading home network and looking for advice/comments on my ideas. Need to replace 2 TS-453Bminis (4 bay) with ones that with faster network connectivity. One mini is Plex server, one mini is backup and mapped drives for home network. Both 4 bay with HGST 6 TBs drives in all bays. Must be able to migrate by using old drives. (see https://www.qnap.com/en/nas-migration/) Think a 4 bay TS-453D can replace the Plex mini and has faster LAN, but am wondering if a 4 bay TS-473 might be better for backup and mapped drives because it has faster CPU, handles more memory and can take add in cards to get the higher LAN speed. Budget for both is $1500 US so some room for more bays or different models. I'm OK with getting base memory and adding in later. The final setup would use the 5 port QSW-1105-5T 2.5GBe switch with the 2 new NAS and my 2 home PCs using high speed LAN cards connected to it. Advice? Comments? Flaws I've not considered or such? All feedback appreciated.
JM Jmcging asked on 30 August 2020, 15:06
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My past conundrum is that there is such a premium on NAS hardware, with no reasonable desktop (not rack mount) solutions with say 8 cores, 64GB of RAM and lots of SSD. I have long wanted to build my own, except configuring a good software solution (and maintaining it for years to come) is a lot of work, especially when security patches need to be installed on all of the individual components (like Plex, ownCloud, Calibre, Zoneminder, and so on). Most of the software is one click away from updates with Synology. Along comes QuTScloud. Now I can supposedly build a NAS (as described above), run Ubuntu as the OS with Virtualbox and install a supported and licensed version of QuTS. This would be the best of both worlds. Questions: 1. Any rumblings about Synology doing the same thing with DSM? 2. Any plans on doing a review of QuTScloud on generic hardware? I bought a license and am testing now, but I would like an experts viewpoint.
CO Coreyswilson asked on 27 August 2020, 19:17
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QNAP Desktop Models Ryzen being dropped?

This question is really directed to Rob and others in the know. But a number of us who have been waiting on a Ryzen desktop refresh appear to have been dropped off the radar. I was planning to purchase the 12 or 16 bay Ryzen desktop, but didn't want to buy 2 year old cpu's when much newer versions were readily available. Now it is confirmed that Qnap has no plans to update the Ryzen desktop systems. This is sad beyond belief as the ryzen models were a great balance of cpu, ram etc. I wish this could have been push during the recent Q&A that Rob did with Qnap. So whats my question? Where does this leave those that wanted a great cpu based system, but dont want to purchase rack options. The latest QuTS Xeon's are lets face it, not inspiring. Oh well, very sad times.
CA Casw1000 asked on 21 August 2020, 09:19
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Help and advice with Upgrade for Storage Expansion set up?

The Problem: - I did what I could only do and installed my 4 x 10TB existing Sata drives into the new TVS 682, it appears I cannot use static volume with the new Qtier SSD drives function (Qsync over our network to 5 Computers?) – presently able to carry out our normal nightly back up of each computer drive (Documents and its Qsync folder) I suppose I am looking for a heads up before I have to click the rebuild button? Is this right or is there another option? Looked till I am now confused – (I’ll say it first - yes I am easily confused) BTW - Purchased TL D800S via SPAN – TVS 682 via Box
MI Minalo1 asked on 12 August 2020, 20:10
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Qnap ts451+?

Would you consider the qnap ts451+ too old to purchase. Mostly will be used to hold movies to stream over my home network. Not using the HDMI direct connect port. Raid 5 will be my option with 4 10Tb drives
HO Hoopsdavis asked on 06 August 2020, 16:29
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Qnap Expansion?

How does Qnap expansion work with TS-451+ and TR-002?
HO Hoopsdavis asked on 05 August 2020, 03:37
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