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NAS / Infrant

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I've had bad luck with Western Digital hard drives. Out of all the brands I've owned throughout the years (Seagate, Maxtor/Quantum, Western Digital, and Hitachi) the WD's have given me most problems.

Just recently I had bought the 10,000rpm 36GB Raptor when it first hit the market. It had a 5 year warranty and claimed to be tougher than normal drives. Within a year it started freezing up and would make a clicking noise.

Funny thing is 3 months after I had bought mine my friend bought one based on my reccommendation. 3 months after mine died his died too! Same problem! I never sent mine in for replacement.. I don't want another WD. He sent his in for a replacement. They sent him one that was so loud he couldn't sleep. It was as loud as a case fan.

Anyway, I was able to save most of the data to a new drive, but I'm tired of this crap.

I want one big drive for storage, with RAID security. I was considering ReadyNAS from Infrant Technologies.

Either NV or NV+. Does anyone have any experience with this company?! I sent them an email that went unanswred just asking basic questions. They hold up to 4 drives, have their own processor, etc.

I'd like to put my drives in and share them between more than one computer. These things are supposedly fast enough to stream video if I wanted.

Are there any other companies I should look at?! I don't want to spend a million dollars.
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I sent them an email that went unanswred just asking basic questions.
This would be a red flag in my book. If they can't respond to simple questions then what is their customer support like?

I've tried a simple NAS drive in the middle of the year, from a different company, and was displeased with the performance. I ended up just connecting the drive to a old box that I loaded server on just to get faster results. This little experience left sour grapes in my mouth as far as economical NAS devices go. When I look at a NAS appliance, I look at how it is made. To me, it should be along the same lines as a simple file server and performance should mimick this. Check what OS it uses, processing power, etc..

The plus to this device, that you show, is it's ability for RAID 5 and hot swap capabilities. This would be a must for any critical data retention and redundancy. However if you want a cheap, inexpensive file server, you could basically get a old box with WinXP loaded with a bunch of drives and throw it on your LAN. You don't even need to connect a monitor or keyboard to it. You can administer it with RDC.
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