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jaguar2010 wrote: I am considering Synology DS411J. Found it for $373.77. Free shipping.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?s ... LOGY%20INC.
http://www.compu2000.com/index.php?l=pr ... il&p=14278

Synology DS411J is better than QNAP TS-412 in terms of read/write speed. Though TS-412 has more RAM and more interfaces. Any thoughts?

http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=5654 might help might not after reading each post= really came down to cost
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jaguar2010 wrote: I am considering Synology DS411J. Found it for $373.77. Free shipping.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?s ... LOGY%20INC.
http://www.compu2000.com/index.php?l=pr ... il&p=14278

Synology DS411J is better than QNAP TS-412 in terms of read/write speed. Though TS-412 has more RAM and more interfaces. Any thoughts?

PM this at NCIX for $362.99 CAD: www.computervalley.ca/DS411J/DS411J/Syn ... 2208382178

When is the DS412 coming out anyway? Maybe the series will have more USB 3.0 ports? I'm going with Lead's suggestions on the backup though. For me, tere is no need for the 4-bay at the moment since megaupload shut down (j/k).
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[quote="Messerschmitt" post_id="14174243" time="1327791257" user_id="171171"]How much did you got it on sale? It wasnt a special sale like boxing day right?

Sorry.. Forgot about this thread.. It was $799 @ Canada Computers. Ya the 1812 is the new one, but for my purposes, the 1511
fits my needs just fine. It is just a NAS afterall, and does nothing other than serve up storage so you don't necessarily need a blistering fast
CPU etc... It may go lower as the 1812 are rolled out.

Perf wize with 5x2TB drives, SHR, single GigE (no jumbo frames)

# umount /nas2
# mount nas2:/volume1/share /nas2
# dd if=/nas2/8gig_file of=/dev/null bs=1M count=2000
2000+0 records in
2000+0 records out
2097152000 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 17.8842 s, 117 MB/s

I'm sure I could squeeze more out of it, but as is, suites me fine.
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Is the Synology DS212 or DS212+ worth the $100-150 upgrade over the DS212J?


There doesn't seem to be alot of difference between the two and the DS212J except for the latter's lack of USB 3.0 ports, which may be useful for back up purposes.

http://www.synology.com/products/compar ... e_show_top

EDIT:

Found this out:

The DS212+ can accept the DX510 as an expansion unit, with a few important notes. The volume cannot span both devices, so it will need to have a separate volume on the DX510. Additionally, the DX510 can be powered down by the DS212+, but not powered on by it.
http://forum.synology.com/enu/viewtopic ... 64&start=0
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I have a 411J... Great product.. Rock solid.. ISCSI for my ESX Server..
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divx wrote: where are all the hdd deals to go along with this? also, can the synology take 3tb drives? what about 3tb+ (if exists).

My synology can. (ds211j)

I bought the 3TB seagate goflex for $162 taxes in from here:
bb-seagate-goflex-3tb-usb-3-0-159-99-a-1136065/

the actual HD model is: STAC3000102

While the synology linux shell's fdisk couldn't handle the GPT label (and only saw ~2TB), the UI saw all 2.7TB and formatted it quite nicely.

Upgraded from a pair of 1TB disks, but only bought one 3TB disk..

To maximize storage, I realized all my photos and ripped mp3 collection was well under a TB.. (not needing to make my movies or downloaded tv shows redundant/backed up).. I swapped one drive for the 3TB.. then broke the mirror, and reformatted the 1TB drive.. then set up an rsync script that will make 6 daily and 2 weekly snapshots so that it only consumes backup space if there are actual changes to the real dirs (plus the one-time copy of everything of course).

The last step is to grow the 1TB volume to the full 2.7TB so that I actually have 2.7TB usable *and* the important stuff is redundantly backed up in the same 2-bay NAS.. And then when I pick up another 3TB drive, I'll just rebuild the raid to the other disk proper (though I kind of like the backup-with-snapshots rather than a mirror.. I might keep this configuration permanently)

The more I use the synology box (ds211j), the more I like it..
My only complaint about the 211j is that HQ thumbnail generation for the photo station takes *forever*.. (30,000 pics and 3,000 vids took more than a week) but whatever..

(If anyone's interested, I can post what I did to maximize the disk space usage when I finish everything..)
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Great info guys.

Unanswered question: Can I create a mix of user protected CIFS shares and unprotected CIFS shared folders (share level, no password) using a Synology or Netgear NAS ?
Just answer about the device you know...

I am inclined towards the Synology & Netgear since with X-Raid or SHR I could grow using non-identical drive sizes.
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frank2162 wrote: Great info guys.

Unanswered question: Can I create a mix of user protected CIFS shares and unprotected CIFS shared folders (share level, no password) using a Synology or Netgear NAS ?
Just answer about the device you know...

I am inclined towards the Synology & Netgear since with X-Raid or SHR I could grow using non-identical drive sizes.

Yes, you can with Synology. Basic Users/Groups permission set up.
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Thanks a lot for the Synology answer ! I am asking because with current 1-drive NAS boxes, I could not have one protected shared folder and another unprotected share folder at the same time. They would need to either be all protected or all unprotected.
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I bought acer H341 last year,kind of regret,a lot of issue and did not even find a forum regarding of it.
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Off-topic so please bare with me:

Anyone know how to order from newegg.com?

I don't have a US credit card and my paypal account only confirms my residence here (same as Canadian credit card billing address) which is not allowable.

Any workaround to this? I'm thinking of buying a NAS type server there and would love to know.

TIA

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