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Old 12-17-2008, 08:37 PM
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Default Silent / Very Quiet NAS recommendations

I'm looking to purchase my first NAS and was hoping for some recommendations from the more knowledgable members.

I'm after a NAS that is either silent or very quiet. It'll be used at home for storing media, backup and streaming. I'm not constrained by a budget but ideally I'd like to keep the cost down.

I'd like to get either 2 - 4 bays, starting off with 2 x 1 TB drives (most likely Samsung F1's in a RAID mirror) and possibly upping it to 4 later on.

Is there a big difference in acoustics, going from 2 to 4 bays? If so, I'd definitely consider just getting a 2 bay NAS instead.

Currently I'm considering the Synology DS209+ but I'm really not sure what else is worth considering.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated - thanks!
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Generally, the more drives, the more noise, just from drive noise alone.

The DS209+ and other Synology products generally have low noise, as do many others. Use the NAS Charts, filter for the desired features and click "Compare Features" to see noise ratings.
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Whatever you do, make sure the drives you select are on the manufacturer's approved list. Very important if you are looking for a blissful relationship with your NAS.



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I'm looking to purchase my first NAS and was hoping for some recommendations from the more knowledgable members.

I'm after a NAS that is either silent or very quiet. It'll be used at home for storing media, backup and streaming. I'm not constrained by a budget but ideally I'd like to keep the cost down.

I'd like to get either 2 - 4 bays, starting off with 2 x 1 TB drives (most likely Samsung F1's in a RAID mirror) and possibly upping it to 4 later on.

Is there a big difference in acoustics, going from 2 to 4 bays? If so, I'd definitely consider just getting a 2 bay NAS instead.

Currently I'm considering the Synology DS209+ but I'm really not sure what else is worth considering.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated - thanks!
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