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Good NAS to back files from my pc

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Hello,
Windows 7 64-bit

I want to be able to back up my files to a dedicated NAS.
I want this NAS to work with a Windows Based File System.
The NAS should  provide the ability for me to use 3 swappable hard drives.  The two that are in the system will act as a RAID1 Mirror, and the third will be stored offsite.
I would like to either use Robocopy or a utility that comes with the NAS, if it works well.

Thanks!
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Take a look at FreeNAS.  It is based on FreeBSD, is free ("Free"NAS), is very easy to set up once you understand the basics, and requires minimal h/w to run.  It has support for CIFS, AFP (Mac) and NFS.

I am currently using it for several items, including a Windows Backup drive for Win7, network shares for Windows (also accessed by Mac via Samba), and for a dedicated Time Machine backup drive for my Mac.

It supprts the ZFS or UFS file systems - I have all of my volumes on ZFS.  I don't span volumes across physical devices, but it can if you need to.

There is support for RAID, but I don't use that feature.
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http://www.frys.com/product/6531673?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Instead of having to swap a 3rd drive in and out,just get a usb drive of some sorts and backup to it as a swappable drive.

It's a pain having to do a rebuild after swapping out of a hot spare.

I do this now for my customers using 2.5 inch usb disks from Seagate or Maxell.
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