This is my first post and I admit it is a little noobish, so please go gentle
After extensive research particularly on this forum, coupled with the fact that I own numerous Netgear products which I have always found reliable, I purchased the above Nas unit the other day. Was immediately impressed with it's cute smallness and build quality
I have slotted in 2 x brand new Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB drives and right now the unit is syncing nicely.
However I have a few questions to start off with to enable me to understand fully how to configure the Duo to my requirements.
1. I have Sky Broadband here in the UK and my D-Link modem/router is connected through a Netgear WNR3500 router (which doesn't have a modem). System works marvellously. When it was set up, I was informed that once I exhausted the WNR3500's ethernet ports (which I have now) I could use the available 4 ethernet ports on the D-Link. I initially plugged in the Duo to the D-Link but my network didn't see it. I then disconnected a cable from the WNR3500 plugged in the Duo to it and hey presto - I was up and away! Question - how do I plug in either the Duo or another piece of kit to the D-Link to make my network see it too? I will be happy to provide settings etc if someone could tell me exactly what to provide.
2. When I installed RAIDar it updated itself before I started and seemed to skip a step to allow me to configure my drives. Before I knew it RAIDar started syncing the two drives in the default X-RAID2 configuration. I was originally going to install the drives for maximum volume space but now it seems I will have to wait the 4 hours plus for syncing to complete before I can restore to the factory settings to start all over. Question - In order to see the maximum 6TB across both drives what configuration choices do I have please? Ideally I would like to see one volume of 6TB with 4 folders, Documents, Photos, Music and Video. I may also have one other for a private share - password protected. What is the best way to do this please?
3. Is it possible to partition the drives?
4. How do I get into the configuration screen and in which software (RAIDar or RAIDiator)?
5. I have a 4Drive NAS 1TB Buffalo Terastation, which once cleared, is going to be used for backup as it is in a RAID5 configuration - slow but fantastically reliable. Will it be possible to set up a backup stratedgy to this unit?
6. I haven't discarded the idea of redundancy yet but I am filling up numerous 1TB drives at present by downloading 3D Blu-ray ISO's. I eventually want a media player to play these straight from the disc as an ISO file - right now I haven't this capability so I have to extract them which doubles their size. I want to be able to stream to my TV via my Sony Bravia TV, a Sony Blu-ray player and my PS3. But that is for another post
- Question - would I be better to go for redundancy, stick with the default X-RAID2 configuration and expand later when 4,5 and maybe 6TB drives appear? I am aware that 4TB drives are out there now but they seem to be in their infancy and optical drives haven't reached this kind of magnitude yet. If 3TB is going to be it, then I may opt for a 6TB configuration and scrifice redundancy.
Thanks for reading - would appreciate your help