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NAS Hard Drive Advice

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hairytoe, Dec 18, 2011.

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  1. hairytoe

    hairytoe Thread Starter

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    Hi All,

    Need some advice and wondered if someone could help.

    Looking to buy a NAS box, for an extra couple of pounds I can get a 2TB HDD with it. All the spec says is that its a Samsung Eco drive. If I want to RAID them (which I do) do the devices need to be exactly the same model numbers etc?

    The came company sell Samsung Eco drives which are the same size as the one included in the NAS. Will this work or will i need the exact same?

    Failing that, does anyone know any good affordable NAS boxes that are shipped with two drives?

    Thanks
     
  2. crjdriver

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    Raid does work with dissimilar drives however there can be issues. If you have drives of different size, you end up loosing some drive space; raid1 will result in an array the size of the smaller drive. Raid0 will be 2x the size of the smaller drive.

    Using drives of different speed, mfg, and or cache size can result in stability and or speed issues. Since you are getting a NAS, I assume the data you intend to store on the NAS is important to you. I would not be going with a samsung drive; the very least would be a WD black series drive OR if you are really serious, the WD RE type drives. Both are of better quality than the samsung.
     
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