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GateCrusher420 VIP Member

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#1 6 years ago

I've got a left over LAN port on my router and I'm looking to fill it with a network storage device to free up the two portable HDD's I carry with me. I'm looking to build my own. This is the enclosure I'm thinking of getting. What hard drives would you recommend getting?

What will it be used for: -Storing raw footage from gameplay videos + finished videos + commentary files -Storing pictures (THOUSANDS of them...currently have over 40GB of them) -Being the main storage device to relieve storage stress on my laptops

The more durable the hard drives the better as the device will be on most all of the time, save for when I go out of town for extended periods of time.




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#2 6 years ago

It's hard to say, honestly... What kind of budget do you have? Do you plan on RAIDing them or whatever it means by "spare drive", or will you have them each as a separate drive? I'd just go with RAID and buy the biggest drives I could get cheaply. In my opinion, consumer-grade drives are pretty much a crapshoot these days, plan for failure.




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#3 6 years ago

Ummm... I suggest buying hard drives. The kind that store data. I like Western Digital. Some people are weird. They prefer Seagate or Hitachi. Whatever.

Don't buy them now, though. Too expensive. Wait a few months for prices to get back to some kind of normalcy, then buy lots of terabytes' worth.

(If you're seriously concerned about durability... stop it. Modern drives are something like a million or so hours MTBF. That's more years than you will live. They'll last long enough to either 1) fill up and be replaced with new, even bigger drives, or 2) just be replaced with new, bigger SSDs.)




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#4 6 years ago

I'd say pull the external drives out of their enclosures (It's doable, just don't expect much left of the enclosure or your warranty) and pop them in the NAS until you can buy new hard drives at a reasonable price. A warning though, it looks like any drives in that box need to be wiped and reformatted before they can be used.




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#5 6 years ago

A Nas box like that is alright but if you have a old PC then you could use that. If it doesn't have windows on it then stick Linux on it and with a program like VNC you can easily remote onto the desktop and have that preform routine tasks to keep yours free.

As for hard drives they are still expensive but go for WD imho




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#6 6 years ago

My computers aren't that old. To give you an idea, my laptop is still running vista.

@38368...I know i need hard drives, I was just looking for opinions as to which brand I should get.

I'd say pull the external drives out of their enclosures (It's doable, just don't expect much left of the enclosure or your warranty) and pop them in the NAS until you can buy new hard drives at a reasonable price. A warning though, it looks like any drives in that box need to be wiped and reformatted before they can be used.

Funding isn't an issue right now, but since it isn't an immediate need, I'll wait until prices go down.

Is that NAS box by Netgear a decent one to get into the NAS market?




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#7 6 years ago
GateCrusher420;5613702@38368...I know i need hard drives, I was just looking for opinions as to which brand I should get.

Yeah, and my point is that one is generally as good as the next. I haven't heard tell of DeathStars in ages, and all platters suck compared to SSDs. I suggest either being principled (i.e., pick a favourite brand and stick with it, much like I do with WD), or just buying the cheapest you can find.




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#8 6 years ago
GateCrusher420;5613702Is that NAS box by Netgear a decent one to get into the NAS market?

On paper, it looks fine for what it is, but if funding isn't an issue I'd get a bigger one with more drive slots and RAID 5 support. Because I'm assuming if you're looking at a NAS you're more looking for capacity and fault-tolerance than speed, and RAID 5 excels at that.




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#9 6 years ago
C38368;5612827Ummm... I suggest buying hard drives. The kind that store data. I like Western Digital. Some people are weird. They prefer Seagate or Hitachi. Whatever.

I personally love Samsung drives. I've got what, 3 Spinpoints now? And I've used several in friend's builds, without having to RMA a single one, and without issue.

Can't say the same about Seagate. The two I have had always ran under spec from what I could see. Not too sure about Hitachi. Samsung and Western Digital are the safe picks.




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#10 6 years ago

I use Spinpoints as well. I've had four personally, used another three, and they're all running fine. I tend to stick with Samsung because they're drives are very quiet. The one WD I tried at the same time as buying my first couple of drives was a bit louder (which adds up if you have four or more drives in the one place).