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NAS Recommendations

Hi

I'm looking for recommendations & personal experience with low - mid range NAS systems. Types, brand, value for money, reliability etc.

I have a client with around 600gb of data that was originally sitting on a Netgear Ready NAS NV series. It became a bit unreliable so i moved the data from the NAS back onto a local PC of the client (the main PC).
Staff are now complaining access the shared files from this PC is to slow & cumbersome. They are only a 3 client network, all running Windows 7, 100mbps/1GBPS through a gibabit switch.

Budget is not great, maybe up to $500 or so, but i NEED it to be reliable.

I'd be interested from past experiences what's good & what's not so good.

Thankyou
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I'm not sure if this qualifies as NAS but we got a couple of DROBO units for a small business and were not happy with them.  They had reliability problems and were a little frustrating to use.  We lost some data rather than pay to have it recovered.
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Also going to vote for the Synology and QNAP ranges...have clients with both and no issues to report

The one extra the Synology units have is Cloudstation - kind of like an internal 'Dropbox' where you install the client on the users pc and all documents stored are sync'd with the share on the Synology nas itself...so you can then store heavier data on the client pc and not worry about speed issues etc...
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Any experirences with Netgear? ReadyNAS NV+?

I've not had a lot of experience with NAS products but have a client who has a Netgear NAS & i'm trying to decide whther to push on with what they have or recommend they purchase another unit.
The current NAS has been a bit flaky on the network & has a single 2TB hard drive only. It cost them around $400 apparently.
I'm using Lenovo (Iomega) with WD RE4 X 2 1 TB drives in RAID 1 and it works quite well.

http://go.iomega.com/en-us/products/network-storage-desktop/storcenter-network-storage-solution/network-hard-drive-ix2/?partner=4760#tech_specsItem_tab

About $100 bucks for the NAS  and $220 for the drives.

You could use their Red line and get bigger and cheaper.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3580092&CatId=139

I recommend a UPs if you want to use the cache though,it protects the data in case of a power outage.

Decent cloud use for free for one year too.
Have used the readynas models in multiple  locations without issue.
What does flaky mean?
Latest firmware installed?
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The client was saying it was dropping off the network regularly & inaccessible.
 I've installed the latest firmware today.
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Thanks everyone for your advice. The client has decided to give the current NAS another go & if it causes too many issues, we'ved decided to go to the Synology line.