I need a NAS

An update to my previous post: my backup drive has started failing this week as well, capping off what’s been a stressful couple of weeks. It’s not completely dead – I have strong hopes of being able to copy it’s contents – but it’s clearly not happy.

Does anyone have strong personal suggestions for a home 1TB NAS that’s fairly easy to setup and has at least basic media streaming features? RSVP ASAP since I’ll be heading to MicroCenter and buying a new one tomorrow.

I is a geek, so I’m happy doing some hacker setup, but when it comes to backup and file storage, I mostly want it to just work. I’d also prefer something reasonably quiet and power efficient; print server will be a bonus for when I buy a printer that actually works; both easy Mac and Windows access required. Although it sounds silly, RAID would be nice, since I know once I get it setup it’ll be a while before I actually get around to backing it all up to organized DVDs.

Update: Thanks to the thousands of callers who’ve dialed in to comment and remind me that of course what I’m looking for is a NAS, not a NAT. Just one last speleling mistake to cap off the past weak. And yes, I’d prefer one of the linux ones; in this particular case I’d rather pull a little more hair out trying to get it to work rather than selling just a little bit more of my soul for proprietary software.

2 thoughts on “I need a NAS

  1. Sorry Jon – I decided to go for cheaper with built-in features and got the QNAP TS-219P instead. Thanks for the note though. With house construction I've only had time to dump my music and photos on it so far. There's just not enough time in the day for the fun things, like setting up proper backups on all the laptops…

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