spinaltap wrote:Replicate only works with Intel ReadyNAS devices, and not ARM enabled devices such as the NV+.v2.
spinaltap wrote:In the end I chose the NV+.v2, as it was too tempting at £159 - and it's really worked out well, especially with both PLEX an ITunes Server for ARM add-on's emerging.
Moreover, the speed differential between my old Duo.v1 and my new NV+.v2 is perceptibly like comparing the speed of a shopping trolly to a Ferrari (but probably not in reality)
Also, economics came into it. After cashback the HP Microserver would have cost the same as the NV+.v2. However, for me, there was the added cost of WHS 2011 (£40) plus iHome Server (£20), plus extra RAM (£40). Then, although the Microserver has four drive bays, one is taken up with the OS, leaving three vacant (which are not hot-swappable). These only work in RAID 1 or 0. Anything like X-Raid is just fantasy. While additional disk installation was possible by using the space taken-up by not installing the optional optical drive in the end it didn't seem worth all the extra effort.
I was seduced by the possibility of accessing all my stored movies on the Microserver by my AppleTV3 - but I'm sure in due course that FireCore will successfully jailbreak the ATV3 (like they have with the AppleTV2) to enable NAS access.
Transferring data between my Duo.v1 and the NV+.2 via my Mac Mini initially was a pain - with 150Mb of music files taking 9 hours (!). I cannot imagine what went wrong there. A direct connection between the two devices made the process a lot quicker. To experiment, I took the same files directly from my Mac Mini and transferred them to the NV+.v2 in just 10 minutes!.
My only unresolved issue is in what extra drives to buy. I currently have a Seagate 500Gb ST3500320AS drive - I do have an unused second 500Gb with bad sectors - and a Seagate 2Tb ST32000542AS drive (from my old Duo.v1). I would ordinarily stay with Seagate (as there are some really good deals on 2/3Tb drives in the UK currently), but I'm tempted by the WD Red's too.
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