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I have a PC with 1 TB Drive, 2 TB Drive, Mac Formatted 3 TB Drive, 1 TB external transport Drive and 500 GB Transport. I am looking to reduce all the duplicate projects and organize all my stuff. I want to consolidate all the drives onto a huge NAS. Can anyone recommend a NAS they like? I am thinking it can be a place to get everything organized and then just keep active jobs on the other faster drives.

 

Do you guys think a WD Cloud is any good?

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KU686L4/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_AS9Kub0TSJ802

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ITI054G/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_Y49Kub1Z8G1E

 

http://amzn.com/B00BNI4DR4

 

Thanks for any tips.

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If you are using this for archival, you will probably want a much, much larger array than a 2 bay. Look at 6 or 8 bay NAS systems. Also, it would be good to get one that has hot-swappable bays so you can upgrade the drives without voiding any warranties.

 

For archival, RAID 5 would be your best option. *IMPORTANT: After configuring your raid, save your settings out to a file and email that little file to yourself or something, so that if lightning hits your house or something that causes the board to fry, you can restore the raid array.

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RED drives are specifically for NAS environments. However, I have had WD Blacks in our 8-bay QNAP for 2 years running with only one drive that was flagged as unhealthy during that time (not crashed) which I swapped out for another black.

 

I did a lot of research on the subject, and from what I understand, the only difference in RED drives is how the built in SMART check works. In a non-red drive, one of the smart check items can give a false unhealthy flag in a nas environment when used within a NAS environment due to the additional milliseconds it takes for the drives to initially spin and sync up together as a single drive.

 

Definitely stay far, far away from WD greens (or any "power saving" / 5400 rpm drives) and WD blues in a NAS environment. They will make the performance of the NAS horrible. I don't know about other brands, since we tend to stick with Western Digital.

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Here are a couple of interesting articles about how long different brands of disk drives last, written by Backblaze who have massive amounts of cloud storage and has changed my opinion on a lot of what I had been told over time about different brands and reliability of enterprise HDDs. Hope others find it useful too:

 

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-update-september-2014/

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/how-long-do-disk-drives-last/

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