A buddy of mine, needs a NAS for Media and backup storage. He bought my old DNS-323 NAS and has already run out of space on the two 1TB drives (RAID1).
I'm trying to help source a new solution for him. He is not inclined enough to be fiddling around with the software or hardware. He just wants to push the power and go. So that is why I would like a pre-built NAS solution.
Some questions I've seen commonly asked in other NAS threads:
Do you need speed?
His biggest file is 8GB and streams it to XBMC via a wire. If there is a bottleneck it's not going to be the NAS, however a GB port is a must.
How valuable is the data?
Just media. He'll use the 'NAS' as a "backup" location, but it will not be the main location of files.
Do you need redundancy?
Not really, but the NAS will need 4 bays with the drives in RAID5.
What are you doing for backups?
Backups to the NAS, no backups of the content on the NAS.
What is your budget?
Up to $800. I would like the drives to be included, but I know that might not be easy. I would like the option for the drives to be different sizes. So lets say right now we install 4 1 TB drives, he can remove and install 2 TB drives in their place to double the size.
I appreciate your help! Looking forward to your answers!