This is a great thread.
I am currently researching my options for a NAS; dns-321 is winning with fun_plug support.
I've a few questions.
My home system/network is as follows:
modem -> DIR-615-> DGS-1008D(main switch) branches to 2 DGS-1005D's.
The only devices that connect to my DIR-615 are wireless devices (laptops, iphones etc) and my VoIP device (DVG-1120; I swear I'm not a dlink rep). Everything else is on an internal gigabit lan.
Mythtv home media centre (using mythbuntu). I currently have one backend (BE) with one frontend (FE). All my media files (non recordings) are stored on a smb share which is on the BE. I want to offload this from the BE and put it on a nas.
I've had one HDD failure already, which almost resulted in a loss of ~700gb of media. My gf has also lost most (read: all?) her personal files due to a laptop HDD failure. It now is my mission to make sure that this doesn't happen again.
I had originally planned on using a RAID 1 setup. However reading this thread has made me me think that I don't want to be doing this after all. But rather a setup where volume_1 (first HDD) would be copied to volume_2 (second HDD) daily.
I want to make sure I fully understand what was said.
If a HDD was to fail in RAID1, the dns-321 would rebuilt (slowly) once I put a new HDD in. But, if the dns was to fail itself, I'd be left with a huge headache. IF this was to happen, and I purchased a new dns-321, would I not be able to throw the drives into the new box and it should work as normal?
IF I went with the automated daily backups (via ffp) and the dns-321 was to fail, all I would need is a linux installation (I have several) and I could plug the HDD's into the computer and read the files no problem. Could this be said for purchasing a new dns-321? Could I just plug the HDD's into the new box and it'd be right as rain?
What would happen in a scenario where volume_1 fails. Would I turn volume_2 into volume_1 and plug in the new HDD? or is the script that does autobackups smart enough to figure this out.?
Lastly, I've read that WD doesn't support their drives used for NAS', but as another user found, some of the green HDD's aren't advance formatting ready. Namely, WD20EARS. Would you still suggest that I avoid WD? If so, could you suggest a suitable substitute in the 2tb range?
My NAS needs are being able to stream large files (media) as well as maintain backups of personal files. looking for a good 2tb sized HDD. Wondering if backing up is better than RAID1 and would I be protected in several different scenarios.
I apologize for this long post, and don't expect many replies (tl;dr). But for those who do, I am grateful!http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1679&p_created=&p_pv=2.294&p_prods=227%2C294