NAS drive recommendation

Looking for a NAS drive [synology] for a small office 5 computers, just to keep all files in one place so it can be found\accessed by all. No fancy stuff.

what model would you recommend?
Abraham DeutschIT professionalAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Abraham,
I recently purchased a Synology DS216J for a small client with a half-dozen or so computers. It is just a 2-bay NAS. I put in two Western Digital 4TB "Red" drives (the WD Red drives are designed for running 24x7 in a NAS) and set it up as RAID 1 (mirrored), which means that it has 4TB of space (the second 4TB is a mirror, so that if one drive crashes, you don't lose any long as the other drive doesn't crash before you replaced the first one that crashed). Total cost at Amazon for the NAS and the two drives was $444.

Of course, the amount of storage that you need can have an impact on the number of bays in the NAS and the size of the drives. WD Reds come in TB sizes of 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 10 (be careful of which NAS units support which capacity drives). Synology NAS units come with bays of 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8 (maybe more, but not that I know of). For NAS units with a larger number of bays, you can set them up with different RAID configurations (be careful of which units support which RAID configs). If you're not familiar with RAID, this Wikipedia article will help:

Regards, Joe
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Not sure why

That happens often. A product is obsoleted by a newer model and the obsolete one that is no longer in production, but still in stock at stores, is sometimes more expensive than the current-production model. I checked my records and see that I bought the DS216J in early November, and, here we are just three months later, and now the DS218J is the comparable current model. I paid $150 (before tax and shipping) for the DS216J and I see that the DS218J is now $170 (before tax and shipping). So, for an extra $20, the DS218J would be the way to go for that class of device (2-bay with 512MB memory). Regards, Joe
Abraham DeutschIT professionalAuthor Commented:
Thank you
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. Good luck with the new NAS.
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