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After setting up a network-attached storage device for my home and home office a few years ago, I’ve been wondering why I hadn’t done it sooner. Not only does it make it easy to backup files from multiple devices and access them from anywhere, but I can also use it as a Plex Server to stream music, movies, pictures, and other content on my Roku TV.
That said, NAS systems are usually much more expensive than simple USB hard drives. So it’s always nice when you can score a pretty deep discount — and today Newegg has one of the deepest I’ve seen.
The online retailer is selling a WD My Cloud Home Duo NAS bundled with two 4TB hard drives for just $255 plus tax when you use the coupon 56VNZ11 at checkout.
I’ll be honest — Western Digital’s NAS gets mixed reviews and if you can afford to spend a little more money you might be better off with a Synology or QNAP NAS. But this is still one of the best prices I’ve seen for a dual-bay NAS with 8TB of storage.
It also features a 1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 1GB of RAM, and Plex server support.
Here are some of the day’s best deals.
- WD 8TB My Cloud Home Duo NAS (w/2 x 4TB HDDs) for $255 – Newegg (coupon: 56VNZ11)
- WD 8TB USB 3.0 desktop hard drive for $125 – Newegg (coupon: EMCTAUT54)
- SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC card for $62 – Amazon
- ADATA 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $7 – Newegg (coupon: EMCTAUT37)
- HP Envy 13t laptop w/Core i7-8550U/8GB/256GB for $700 – HP
- Save 10-percent sitewide – Lenovo (coupon: THINKMOM10)
- Lenovo Yoga 730 13″ convertible for $711 and up – Lenovo (coupon: THINKMOM10)
- Lenovo L390 Yoga 13″ convertible for $712 and up – Lenovo (coupon: THINKMOM10)
- Lenovo Miix 630 12.3″ 2-in-1 tablet w/SD835/4GB/128GB for $540 – Lenovo
- Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus Android tablet w/SD625/4GB/64GB for $261 – Lenovo (coupon: THINKMOM10)
Free PC games
- Age of Wonders III PC game for free – Humble Store
- Fearless Fantasy PC game for free – Steam
- Divided By Sheep PC game for free – Steam
- Google Home Hub (Nest Hub) + Google Home Mini for $99 – Best Buy
- Lenovo 8″ Smart Display w/Google Assistant for $90 – Lenovo (coupon: THINKMOM10)
- Lenovo 10″ Smart Display w/Google Assistant for $135 – Lenovo (coupon: THINKMOM10)
- Facebook Portal 10″ smart display for $99 – Facebook
- Facebook Portal 15″ smart display for $249 – Facebook
- JarvMobile 10,000 mAh wireless power bank w/USB-C for $20 – B&H
- Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker 4-pack fro $40 – Best Buy
- Tile Mate & Slim Bluetooth tracker 4-pack (2 of each) for $40 – Best Buy
Once you go NAS, you don’t go back. 😉
I’d highly recommend using a dual bay NAS with RAID drive mirroring if at all possible. You’ll lose half the storage space, but if one drive fails, you don’t lose any data.
Watch out for parts availability even under warranty. Our Netgear had a power supply fault and it took a week to get a replacement. It was a 12V brick with a weird connector.
Had we just used a cheap PC, we could have been up and running the next day. If you have somewhere to put them second hand rack mount servers and SAS drives are really cheap.
I fully agree.
My home server is also my desktop that I leave on 24/7. I have 6 drives in it, only one that spins all the time (has the OS and most popular files). Regular ATX power supply. I have an older motherboard/cpu/memory that I could swap in if needed. All those parts could be bought new at the local computer parts store and put into the box in under 1 hour.
You could replace the one drive that is always up with an SSD and leave the other HDDs. Your boot times will be much faster and the computer will be more responsive while in use. That is what I like to do, have the OS and maybe music files on a 240 or 480GB SSD and have the large files on a separate HDD (or more). 240 or 256GB SSDs are about $30 at the usual online suspects. 480 or 512GB SSDs are about $55. Most SSDs come with a one-time use of Acronis to clone the old HDD but if not an older copy can usually be found for less than $25 on Amazon.
It’s usually best, in the long term, to build your own especially for long-term archival storage…if you have the inclination. The downside is that all tech support falls on your own shoulders.
I like the NAS suggestion but I am sort of concluding I should go with the cheapest Synology that does not do RAID and set up S3 Glacier Sync with Amazon — https://www.synology.com/en-us/knowledgebase/DSM/help/GlacierBackup/help
I’ll have to read up on the Amazon Sync but I’m also looking at Synology or QNAP.
Gone are the days you had all your storage on-board. Or, at least, it is a very expensive option.
Another going slowly going away are the days where people only had 1 computing device.
$50 for 1TB per year.
$90 / TB in network cost to restore from glacier.
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