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 Post subject: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:03 pm 
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For a single user, are there any advantages to a NAS over an external hard drive? I don't play (or store) games or movies, and I don't expect to have much more than about 4 TB of accumulated data in my lifetime.

Is it worth getting a NAS?


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 Post subject: Re: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:14 pm 
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Apples and oranges I'd say. What you need only you can discover. Myself I want a server running 24/7, not just a simple NAS. But I'd say that's a big difference between the two; a disk is just a disk, a NAS is a computer of some sort and can do tasks.

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 Post subject: Re: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:41 pm 
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I'm a single user, built a 140TB WHS2011 and now building an unRaid server (probably around 45tb), different purposes, overall i say really depends on your needs.

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For a single user, are there any advantages to a NAS over an external hard drive?
Automatic backups, automatic upload to 3rd party clouds, restore of backups, surveillance/cameras, plex , torrents, out of the hearing range storage, vitalization... there are tons of applications, but you are probably not in need of any.

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 Post subject: Re: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:20 pm 
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Thanks. Can you boot from a NAS?

Also, can the bays in a NAS be set to different RAIDs?


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 Post subject: Re: Is a NAS worth it for a single user?
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 6:20 am 
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You most probably can't boot your computer through the network port.

What kind(s) of RAID can be used is up to the specific NAS.

In my view the primary advantage with a NAS over external HDD (connected by USB or eSATA) for you could be placing it in another room. That way you won't hear it and it can provide some reduced risk that both the computer and NAS will be destroyed/damaged at the same time.


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