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post #1 of 12 Old 11-18-2007, 11:17 PM - Thread Starter
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I am looking for a NAS with low power but still has sufficient basic features:

Power saver mode that powers down when not being accessed
1-2 TB of storage
RAID 1,5 and optional 10
GB Enet (just using 100 right now but plan to upgrade)
Automatic shutdown and alarm on overheat
Good performance

Nice to haves:
Extra ethernet ports as switch
USB 2 port(s) so I can expand device
External Web Access


My use will be audio CD via SONOS, pictures (RAW and JPEG), some occasional file backup to XP and VISTA devices.

It seems like this is a rubics cube game. If I find a device with some features it lacks others.

The 2 TB WD Worldbook II is on sale at the local club store website right now but it gets poor reviews. Infrant looks the best but wonder if its worth the price.

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I have the WD My Book World II. As you have read it has gotten mixed reviews, but IMO for its price point, it's a good value, and meets most of your wish list. It sustained throughput is slow, probably couldn't keep up with HD video playback, but does just fine streaming music up to full wav BW, playing photo slide shows, backing up files etc.

I think its weakest aspect is the supplied MioNet branded anywhere-by-web access software. I found it to be a memory and resource hog on the host PC, not very intuitive to use, and a little unstable so I un-installed it, and am using the box as a simple NAS. I read recently that WD has accquired MioNet, so maybe they will beef up the remote access app. We'll see.

Good luck in your search...

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Have you considered Unraid? The nice thing about it is you can have it spin down all the drives when not in use and it only spins up the parity and the particular drive you're accessing when needed.
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Right now I am heading down this path:
QNAP TS-209 Pro Diskless System Network Storage

Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS 1TB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive x 2 units


Between the WD green drives at half the wattage and the QNAP idle power features, this should make for a very low power NAS with good performance. It will still deliver 1 TB of mirrored storage using RAID 1

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Have you considered Unraid? The nice thing about it is you can have it spin down all the drives when not in use and it only spins up the parity and the particular drive you're accessing when needed.

Parity is only spun up when writing. For reading, the only drives spinning are the ones you are accessing.

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Parity is only spun up when writing. For reading, the only drives spinning are the ones you are accessing.

You're correct. Makes it even more power friendly.
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Dlink DNS-323. It holds two SATA drives and is completely silent.

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Both QNAP TS-109 or TS-209 are good choice.
TS-109 (1-bay) is fanless design which is ultra-silent.
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Dlink DNS-323. It holds two SATA drives and is completely silent.

This looks like a good low cost 2 drive NAS. Their website is well done and it both supports novice users and the tinkering community too. Under consideration although I would like to see the USB support external drives.

The performace of this NAS was one of its stronger suits.

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My use will be audio CD via SONOS, pictures (RAW and JPEG), some occasional file backup to XP and VISTA devices.

It seems like this is a rubics cube game. If I find a device with some features it lacks others.

The 2 TB WD Worldbook II is on sale at the local club store website right now but it gets poor reviews. Infrant looks the best but wonder if its worth the price.

I am in the market for a similar device, but I haven't find anything supporting raw. QNAP 209 seems to be a good choice with low power consumption.
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This looks like a good low cost 2 drive NAS. Their website is well done and it both supports novice users and the tinkering community too. Under consideration although I would like to see the USB support external drives.

The performace of this NAS was one of its stronger suits.

I don't know what is your environment but do take a closer look on the DLink
The fact that has CPU, memory and OS requirements, indicates that it is not a true NAS solution. Check if you need a driver to mount the disks. Also, check if it supports 32 and 64-bit Vista, just in case it needs a driver.
I would steer clear from any device would require a driver
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I have a P2 400 MHz that runs FreeNAS and has 3 hard drives in it. Runs 24/7 and consumes 30 watts!! So right now it is like 1.3TB and I intend to just keep growing, but I am seeking a JBOD type disk array that will stack disks for the network interface.
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