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#1 User is offline   hajime 

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:02 AM

Hello, I am a Mac user but at work, I also use a PC. I have a Samsung Android phone. The OS that I use are: Mac OS, Windows 7 (perhaps 8 later) , Linux and Android. I am looking for a drive that allows me to share files amount the computers and devices anywhere around the world. Which top 3 NAS do you recommend?

Buffalo LinkStation Pro 3TB
http://www.buffalote...nkstation-pro-1

Lacie Network Space MAX 3TB
http://www.lacie.com/us/more/?id=10105

Lacie CloudBox 3TB (item no. 9000344)
http://www.lacie.com...ct.htm?id=10597

WD My Book Live 3.5 inch Home Network Hard disk3TB(WDBACG0030HCH)

Seagate GoFlex Home 3TB

Any user experience, suggestions appreciated. Thanks.
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:59 AM

View Posthajime, on 10 December 2012 - 07:02 AM, said:

Hello, I am a Mac user but at work, I also use a PC. I have a Samsung Android phone. The OS that I use are: Mac OS, Windows 7 (perhaps 8 later) , Linux and Android. I am looking for a drive that allows me to share files amount the computers and devices anywhere around the world. Which top 3 NAS do you recommend?

Buffalo LinkStation Pro 3TB
http://www.buffalote...nkstation-pro-1

Lacie Network Space MAX 3TB
http://www.lacie.com/us/more/?id=10105

Lacie CloudBox 3TB (item no. 9000344)
http://www.lacie.com...ct.htm?id=10597

WD My Book Live 3.5 inch Home Network Hard disk3TB(WDBACG0030HCH)

Seagate GoFlex Home 3TB

Any user experience, suggestions appreciated. Thanks.


What is your budget? Are you looking for a single drive version only? Or do you want one with some redundancy (i.e. RAID 1 or RAID 5, etc)?

I have had and used four different NAS devices. Two of those devices are currently actively in use (an Apple Time Capsule and a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 Plus). One is kind of in use...it is being "decommissioned", so to speak (a LaCie 2big Network...a two drive RAID 1 NAS). The last is kind of out of service...I can still attach to it...with work (it is a WD NAS...a "Netcenter" if memory serves).

My best advice is to be REALLY careful about how well a particular device/company supports new OS versions. My primary example is my LaCie 2big Network (but also the Western Digital NAS). LaCie decided that they were not going to upgrade it to support Lion (i.e. Mac OS 10.7x) using AFP, which was a problem since Lion make changed to the AFP protocol. As a result, it make accessing the LaCie NAS much more difficult when I upgrade to Lion. I could still use SMB, but it was kind of flaky. This was for an NAS that was about 3 years old at the time. As a result, I will NEVER, EVER buy another LaCie product again (I have a number of LaCie external drives in addition to the NAS). FWIW, the WD drive suffers from the same basic fate, but since that was a dirt cheap, single drive NAS I was not as bothered by it. In order to use the WD NAS, I have to use one of the my older systems (i.e. either my Windows XP desktop...it might even need to be pre-SP3 if memory serves or my PowerMac G4 running Tiger).

So, if you want it to last, then look for a brand that has a history of supporting their NAS devices for more than a few years. I can say that for the ReadyNAS, I have now used Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion with it on Macs and XP, Vista, and Windows 7 on my Windows machines...and I believe it will work fine with Leopard and Tiger. The point is that you might want to consider a more "professional" grade NAS.

FWIW, there are Netgear ReadyNAS devices with 2 drive bays that are not that expensive (going to a 4 bay NAS gets pricy fast).

And I know that you can access a ReadyNAS using the Mac OS, Windows and I would assume Linux. They also have their ReadyNAS Remote app available for both Android and iPhone. I will note that I have not really done much with "remote access", but I am sure you can find some that have on the ReadyNAS forums: http://www.readynas.com/forum/
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:24 AM

I don't have a whole lot of experience with these, but I will tell you that I do NOT recommend Lacie. I had one of those, and it failed after a few years of light usage. That model was known for failing (I think they used cheap caps in the power brick). At least the hard drives are still OK though (however, they used some strange formatting on it, so I couldn't actually recover the data on a regular PC - I reformatted the drives, and am using them for extra storage now).
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

View PostLiveBrianD, on 10 December 2012 - 09:24 AM, said:

I don't have a whole lot of experience with these, but I will tell you that I do NOT recommend Lacie. I had one of those, and it failed after a few years of light usage. That model was known for failing (I think they used cheap caps in the power brick). At least the hard drives are still OK though (however, they used some strange formatting on it, so I couldn't actually recover the data on a regular PC - I reformatted the drives, and am using them for extra storage now).


I never had any problems with any my LaCie devices (at least a half dozen) other than them not supporting my NAS device with Lion (or Mountain Lion). All my external drives still work fine.
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:49 AM

Synology DS1511+ is the best NAS server. This server offers up to 20TB of storage space by itself and up to 60TB with two expansion units.
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