Recommendations

The items on this list are personally recommended items or services that I have purchased or used. There are also substitute items that function similarly to items I have purchased (for example, different bay NAS devices). I will never recommend something I haven’t used! All items on this page are affiliate links that help us at no cost to you. You don’t need to purchase the products through us, but if you do, we truly appreciate it!

Network Attached Storage (NAS) Devices

Synology Devices: I have been using Synology NAS devices for a long time and they keep getting better and better. Not only is the hardware exceptional and reliable, the software has truly progressed into a powerhouse where you can do almost anything you can imagine. The total drives you need is what will drive your decision on the type of model you need.

All models below support the btrfs file system!

NAS Hard Drives

If you’re buying a NAS, you need Hard Drives. I have always used Seagate Iron Wolf Hard Drives in my NAS devices and have never had any problems!

If you’re looking to backup a NAS to an external hard drive, Western Digital Elements external hard drives are off-label NAS hard drives. You can even find ways to “shuck” them online. Please keep in mind that if you do “shuck” the drive, the warranty will be voided if you attempt to send back the failing, bare drive. Always keep the external enclosure and put the drive back in before sending for warranty purposes. Removing the drive from the enclosure and then adding it back before sending for warranty will not void your warranty.

A helpful viewer of the blog pointed out that if you do “shuck” the drive and use it in a redundant array, you will need to enable TLER on the drive. I have not done this myself, but I found a post on reddit that can help enable TLER on a Synology NAS.

Battery Backup Devices (UPS)

A UPS is an uninterruptible power supply that provides emergency power (in the form of a battery) if you lose power. It also acts as a surge protector and stabilizes voltage. It is highly suggested that you purchase and connect a UPS device to your NAS device.

The items below have a USB cable that will allow your NAS (or PC) to monitor the UPS to properly shut itself down in the event of a power failure. Never worry about your NAS again!

Raspberry Pi

There’s not much you can’t do with a Raspberry Pi at this point. One of the most versatile devices you can buy!

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