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    Default Home NAS with SSDs

    Looked at getting a NAS a few years ago but found a tad expensive however I seem to acquired a few TB worth of films/tv box sets that are on various laptops so looking at this again putting them all on a NAS and stream through TV.

    Looking around most are still advocating HDDs , I thought they would be using SSDs now (albeit at increased cost).

    Anyone got one running SSDs? Worth the extra cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quackhandle View Post
    Looked at getting a NAS a few years ago but found a tad expensive however I seem to acquired a few TB worth of films/tv box sets that are on various laptops so looking at this again putting them all on a NAS and stream through TV.

    Looking around most are still advocating HDDs , I thought they would be using SSDs now (albeit at increased cost).

    Anyone got one running SSDs? Worth the extra cost?

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    Why would you need SSD's? For video's you really don't need anything more than a hard disk - speed is never going to be an issue. As a NAS is a low touch system which if configured correctly only has the disks running when data is being read or written to them - hard disks should last for years longer than in a laptop / desktop.

    My one piece of advice (apart from find an old computer and install unraid rather than spending money on a full on NAS) is don't buy all your disks from the same brand at the same time. Failure rates are connected to manufacturing so buy disks from different manufacturers or over time to minimise the risk of complete failure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    Why would you need SSD's? For video's you really don't need anything more than a hard disk - speed is never going to be an issue. As a NAS is a low touch system which if configured correctly only has the disks running when data is being read or written to them - hard disks should last for years longer than in a laptop / desktop.

    My one piece of advice (apart from find an old computer and install unraid rather than spending money on a full on NAS) is don't buy all your disks from the same brand at the same time. Failure rates are connected to manufacturing so buy disks from different manufacturers or over time to minimise the risk of complete failure.
    It wasn't so much speed I was concerned about it was more reliability, ie - SSDs no moving parts, less heat etc.

    Thanks for the tip on using old lappy. That could be doable.

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    If you do want to buy a home NAS, I have a Synology one that works well. Different sizes available (as in number of bays) and you can either buy with discs or chuck in your own. It burbles along nicely with minimal maintenance.

    As above, no real need for SSD. I paid a little extra for quiet drives as it sits in my front room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    If you do want to buy a home NAS, I have a Synology one that works well. Different sizes available (as in number of bays) and you can either buy with discs or chuck in your own. It burbles along nicely with minimal maintenance.

    As above, no real need for SSD. I paid a little extra for quiet drives as it sits in my front room.
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    I use a QNAP, very happy with it. HDDs, got about 800 movies and 70-odd TV series on there (all 100% legit from original DVDs before anyone asks.)

    I couldn’t see the point in SSDs, the drives aren’t a bottleneck.

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    You can recover from an HDD getting corrupted rather more easily than an SDD. The MTBF is approximately the same (different makes and models vary). Therefore get HDDs - they're cheaper and as robust.
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    Thanks for all comments.

    What got me thinking was l stumbled on a review of the Seagate IronWolf 110 SSD, I wasn't aware this was a thing, but tech is always moving fast.

    Seems like HDD now, and possibly SSD Caching in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quackhandle View Post
    Thanks for all comments.

    What got me thinking was l stumbled on a review of the Seagate IronWolf 110 SSD, I wasn't aware this was a thing, but tech is always moving fast.

    Seems like HDD now, and possibly SSD Caching in the future.

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    While there is a use case for fast write / read from a NAS, video streaming (except for say a Netflix gateway proxy device or a plane) is not really that use case.
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    Personally, I'd avoid Seagate and WD HDD like the plague.

    HDS (now HGST) and Toshiba consistently come out top in these reports:
    Hard Drive Reliability in 2019: Failure Rates of 108,461 Drives

    I'm sure lots of people will be along to point out that HGST is now a subsidiary of WD.

    I had a crop of Seagate 6TB drives a few years ago, that all failed within 12 months.

    I have Hitachi drives in my NAS, which I bought after a lot of research. I'd love SSD but prices are still too high, £1000 for 4TB. I could buy all my movies and TV from Apple for less than the £4k cost of SSDs for my NAS

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