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Best low to medium price NAS

I keep getting burned with junk NAS devices.  First I spent months dealing with the piece of Junk that Netgear was offering and few years ago (SC101) and then I found the Buffalo Pro Duo linkstation and thought that I had found a reasonable priced unit. Then when I had 2 units fail after a year and then the replacement failed after only 3 months and Buffalo tech support simply says to you that it happens for no reason.  Does anyone have a suggestion for a low to med price NAS device that simply works without a whole lot of features and proprietary systems that don't work?  Having decent tech support would be a real bonus.
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Forrest BurrisCommented:
I took mid priced to be around $2g? I've used a number of NAS devices and this is amazing. Just implemented it at one of our clients. iSCSI all the way!
waytronAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I will keep that in mind for some of my business clients.  I am looking for units for home use and not for business. $2,000 is too high.  $200 to $500 would be more in the range.
MAS (MVE)Technical Department HeadCommented:
what size you are looking for?
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
I use Iomega Ix2-200 2TB unit (1TB RAID1).  It does CIFS, NFS, iSCSI,etc..

It is also compatible with vmware so I get to use it for my vsphere lab.  Does a good job and 3 year drive replacement warranty.
waytronAuthor Commented:
I would be looking for 1T or 2T drives.  I keep hearing about a D-link unit that you can using any SATA drive you want?
take a look at Thecus. They have a good range and we are looking at buying the N8800 for our company they have some good reviews.
MAS (MVE)Technical Department HeadCommented:
I am using Buffallo Terastation 2TB NAS configured as Raid1+0 more than 3 years without issues. For this budget this is a good option for you. I bought it for around 400$ but now it is available for less than 200$


Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Be very cautious with the Iomega Stor Center Offerings, the rack mount versions only have 1 NIC, the standalone version have 2 NICs and are better.

But performance struggles when you use many VMs on them, handy for labs, but production with lots of busy VMs, best avoided in my opinion.

Other options, FreeNAS, Openfiler if you want to try opensource, of StarWind iSCSI Server on a Windows OS. These all work very well.

waytronAuthor Commented:
I appreciate all the input hear.  I am a bit dissapointed that I am not hearing anything about some of the Small personal units such as Seagates NAS 220 or the D-Link DNS-323 Enclosure or any of the Netgear products.  I was hoping to find something that I can get locally that is more in the price range of the typical home user.
I have a dns-323 at home it's not super fast but get the job done. You can customize it with media server/windows share/FTP/ nfs

Take a look at qnap and synology product a bit more pricey but much faster

They all use sata drive.  
waytronAuthor Commented:
Update - I  picked up a D-Link DNS-323 and I will play with it and see if I like it.  Thanks for all your suggestions.
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