In addition to using my second PC as my productivity machine, I’ve been using it as a server for Plex and Sonos, and as a host for external USB drives I use for backup. However, with an upcoming home office reconfiguration, it looks like I’ll need to shift to just having my primary gaming PC also double as my work PC and sell the older desktop. Rather than running the Intel i9 with 3080 24/7, it seems to make sense to move to a NAS to hold my videos, music, and backups.
Looks like Synology and Qnap are the top recommendations on Wirecutter. PCMag also likes Asustor.
Current thought is to get a Synology DS220+ and a pair of bigass WD Reds, Exos, or IronWolf Pros and run them in RAID for data security.
But I’d love to hear caveats, recommendations, and features I should look for from those of y’all who are already NAS users or who know the market. It’s one of the few pieces of modern tech that I haven’t messed with at all. Does it make sense to get a two-bay unit and throw in a pair of 16TB drives, or would it be better to go 4 bays with more, smaller drives? (Looks like 4 10GB drives would net me a massive 27.2TB in RAID 5.)
Edit: Oh, wow, now I also see some NAS devices also have m.2 slots, which I guess are for caching? Looks like I have some reading to do…