Finally pulled the trigger on a QNAP TS-453-Be with 4GB ram.
Looking at Amazon in the US, that extra 2GB of RAM seems to come with a US$100 premium- assume that wasn't the case further north?
Yeah. Here the 2GB version has been around $650 CAD, while the 4GB version starts around $700+.That why I jumped on the 4GB version for $550.
Watch slickdeals.net,ultra-cheap expansion drive for shucking purposes are routinely posted there.
Kind of affraid of the reliability of shucked drives. You may be able to, say, find an 8TB external for under $150, but then you have zero warranty. I'm currently looking at starting with a couple of 8TB recertified HGST Ultrastars in RAID 1, which you can pick up on Amazon for under $200 USD each. And they come with 3 year warranties. But then, for about $50 more, you can get new NAS drives with 3 year warranties (WD Red/Seagate Ironwolf/HGST NAS)... Decisions.
Really not a fan of QNAP. Had a 431 that slowly developed a failing SATA port after the first year of use. Thought it was a drive issue and wasted money buying a replacement just to have the port fail completely right after the 2 year warranty ended. QNAP wouldn't warranty it. The only way you will ever know if there's a hardware fault with the NAS itself is if you download and run QNAP's own support diagnostic utilities on the device then sort through the logfiles.
My current NAS is a Synology, and it at least has the capability to warn me if drive IO errors are detected.
Hopefully the QTS software is getting better on the diagnostics front. Apparently there is a new diagnostic tool app, but I have no idea how good it is on diagnosing disk errors. I was going to go with Synology, but QNAP software seems to be improving, and I like the flexibility of being able to use the device for some light HTPC use. Plus the price I got it for...