I’ve slowly been upgrading my storage situation over the last few months. As of right now 2TB of footage and photos are saved on a raid 1 array in my main desktop and another 1.5TB of the same type of critical files are saved on my second work station in the same manner.

Everything is backed up, but it’s not the most efficient use of hard drive space, and if I need to access some of those files I have to make sure the other desktop is on. I’d like to move all that storage to a NAS running raid 6, this should give me the proper combination of storage and backup. With a little over 8TB of storage that should be plenty of room to grow over the next 2 or 3 years.

I know some of you have already made the jump to NAS storage, so I’m looking for some input. Right now I’m leaning towards a Synology deskstation DS1511 or 1512 with five 3TB drives. All said and done I’ll probably end up spending $1200 between the cost of drives and the NAS. If any of you have any lower priced ideas or better recommendations I’d love to hear them. Thanks in advance for the input.