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Please pick me a NAS.
battlefield_gir 
19/4/08 11:40:51 PM
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Im 18 on the 4th of may and mum said she would get me a NAS for my birthday. Not to expensive thouhg, somthing along the lines of a MEDIAGATE MG-350HD, but with the ability to add more hdds.

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BigFreakyKev 
20/4/08 3:54:36 PM
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Definitely look at the Thecus product. www.thecus.com
I just bought an N5200b for about $850 intended as a file server.
That's the price without any hard drives mind you...
...However there are more home oriented nas devices there for your perusal in 3 or 4 bay sizes.
Build quality and value for money is excelent. They are software upgradeable and you can add features through the installation of modules. Best thing is, should the nas break.... your raid array (if you choose to use one) is transportable to any computer or nas running linux as the drives are set up with linux software raid.

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BigFreakyKev 
20/4/08 5:26:12 PM
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Also... these arn't exactly RAIDed, and not exactly a NAS. But still very cool for a purpose.
Bundle in the network attachment and you've got a no-brainer network storage.
http://drobo.com/

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toru173 
20/4/08 11:15:08 PM
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Quote by BigFreakyKev
Also... these arn't exactly RAIDed, and not exactly a NAS. But still very cool for a purpose.
Bundle in the network attachment and you've got a no-brainer network storage.
http://drobo.com/



+1 for drobo! It's a fantastic device. I use it for my family (6 users), 1.8tb data and no problems at all! Pick up the droboshare if you really want a NAS and can't spare a few parts to put together a server.

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battlefield_gir 
21/4/08 12:07:39 AM
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Ive known about drobo for a while ( few months) are there any distributers here.

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battlefield_gir 
21/4/08 12:17:04 AM
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Quote by BigFreakyKev
Definitely look at the Thecus product. www.thecus.com
I just bought an N5200b for about $850 intended as a file server.
That's the price without any hard drives mind you...
...However there are more home oriented nas devices there for your perusal in 3 or 4 bay sizes.
Build quality and value for money is excelent. They are software upgradeable and you can add features through the installation of modules. Best thing is, should the nas break.... your raid array (if you choose to use one) is transportable to any computer or nas running linux as the drives are set up with linux software raid.




hmm
i like the n5200 and its not to pricy for what it is.
is it worth paying another 150 dollars for the 1.5ghz. i want somthing that will autoback up my work as its added to the main harddrive. needs redundency and cant be too expensive.

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The Fuzz damn you! 
21/4/08 10:18:11 AM
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http://www.auspcmarket.com.au sells Thecus stuff. The thing I don't like about them is that they're not terribly upgradable -- all the models I've seen in the past have had limits of 500GB or 750GB HDDs. Sucky. The N5200 seems capable of fitting at least 1TB drives though, so they may have improved this.

edit-- looking through the website, it seems likely that the Thecus products are likely capable of handling bigger HDDs once they're released, but they require testing first. So, cool.


Edited by The Fuzz damn you!: 21/4/2008 10:35:09 AM

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battlefield_gir 
26/4/08 9:32:09 AM
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hmm

any one have a release date on the thecus m3800

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WEKurtz 
13/8/08 12:19:32 PM
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Quote by The Fuzz damn you!
http://www.auspcmarket.com.au sells Thecus stuff. The thing I don't like about them is that they're not terribly upgradable -- all the models I've seen in the past have had limits of 500GB or 750GB HDDs. Sucky. The N5200 seems capable of fitting at least 1TB drives though, so they may have improved this.



So often the packaging states 'upper limits' but it's usually only the largest drive that was available at the time of printing.

DO BE CAREFUL though, and spend a few more minutes in doing research to make sure it's not a real hard limit. Just find the specs or a review and look for the model of harddisk controller and google it to see what the real limit is.

A lot of devices are claiming a 750Gb or 1Tb limit now, but will take up to 4Gb when they become available. It seems that 4Tb is a current address limit in some controller chips. Even so, a 4x 1Tb RAID will be more than enough for just about anyone but the geekiest torrent hound.

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WEKurtz 
13/8/08 12:24:31 PM
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Quote by battlefield_gir
hmm

any one have a release date on the thecus m3800



I rang around and called one of my suppliers for a release date on the M3800, but nobody seems to know.

I didn't contact the importer/main distributor, but I bought the QNAP TS-409 and am looking for a good set-top box to put next to the TV (or one for each TV) rather than sitting a chunky RAID box there.

I'd recommend the QNAP heartily and also suggest choosing separate storage and playback devices means you get more and better (for a bit more money).

The QNAP is a 4-bay that will expand to a total of 16Tb. It runs MLDonkey (for bittorrent) and has Apache, MySQL and PHP, Joomla installed and other features.

This lets me choose a better, more feature rich, higher quality, easier-to-use playback box, rather than restrict myself to the smaller selection of RAID+Playback Combo devices.

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2SHY 
15/8/08 10:53:01 AM
Learner
Quote by BigFreakyKev
Definitely look at the Thecus product. www.thecus.com
I just bought an N5200b for about $850 intended as a file server.



How did you manage that? I can only find it at $1200. I want a decent nas i can upgrade myself.

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shorty56au 
15/8/08 11:13:05 AM
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Quote by 2SHY
Quote by BigFreakyKev
Definitely look at the Thecus product. www.thecus.com
I just bought an N5200b for about $850 intended as a file server.



How did you manage that? I can only find it at $1200. I want a decent nas i can upgrade myself.



If you happen to be in Australia, the 5200B can be had for just under $900 in most stores. The "PRO" version (which has a more powerful CPU and supports iSCSI initiator stuff), is about $1000.

Have a gander here:
http://tinyurl.com/63kgy8 (a link to staticice search).

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