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lloydrj wrote:Anyone have experience on reliability of QNAP vs, Synology? Also, RAID 5 protects against A single disk failure - experience when the device itself fails.
Yes to both. Have a QNAP as my central device backup storage (holds Aomei drive images of all of my computers and file-level backups of these computers but done daily instead of the periodically of the full image backups). My QNAP experienced a drive failure a few weeks ago and replacement was a piece of cake.
While this is a backup device for me, I also have a single-spindle drive connected to it that the QNAP automatically gets its contents backed up to daily, so I was not at all concerned when the single drive failure in my RAID5 configuration went south - it rebuilt in a reasonable time and with great ease. I am a fairly astute computer geek (25 years side business of computers and network support), but it was easier than I had hoped for.
As for my Synology, it is another 4-drive system in RAID5 configuration that is used as a server for portable training networks - I have not had a failure in that system yet, but it was somewhat easier to setup than the QNAP.
For me, they are interchangeable for centralized shared-access storage, just keep a separate backup of important stuff.
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