ReadyNAS 3200 – At Last

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I have had my eye on this product for over a year now and at least I have managed to get my hands on the ultimate NAS Storage, the Netgear ReadyNAS 3200. Complete full redundancy with dual power supply, dual network connectivity, and a very well built system. I have had my ReadyNAS1100 for over two years now and it always felt a little bit lacking in regards to space, and they build very stable systems but a bit slow on the upgrades. When this machine out I was very happy but it was extremely expensive, so I just waited and recently it dropped from $12’000 which is the original price down to about $8900, and I got it for about $7800 after saving for several months and installing my hard drives on my own which makes for a cheaper solution but I had to put it through my own testing. I will go into further details of the machine’s capabilities at a later point. Its not for everyone, and very few people would want something like this but I have been working to get it for 6 months now since its price started dropping a bit and all the reviews and forums kept praising its performance, write/read speeds, and transfer speeds.

System Breakdown:

  • Running X-Raid 2
  • 12 x Western Digital 2TB Enterprise Hard Drives
  • 18 TB available for storage with full redundancy

ReadyNAS 1100 – HD Failure

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For several weeks now I have been having issues with my ReadyNAS 1100, its been running perfectly for the longest time. I made the upgrade from 4 x 1TB drives to 4 x 2TB drives, with X-Raid configuration I get about 5.55 TB worth of storage on my Network Area Storage device. Overall the ReadyNAS is a fantastic and extremely durable piece of hardware with great support from Netgear if you have any issues that needs warranty replacement. The best part of owning the ReadyNAS is its user base, the online forums have such a wealth of information that you are always helped by someone more experience, be it a network issues or a hardware issues. In my case I began facing issues with it, any file bigger then 400 MB it would hang in the beginning of transfer, from “30 seconds” to “2 minutes” to “55 minutes” then it would just hang.

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First thing I did was check health status and go through the logs several times, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary, there were no bad sectors on the hard drives. So I kept checking network for issues, changing different network components, even giving the PC a direct connection to the ReadyNAS mounted on the rack to test it, but I still got the same transfer issue. After going to the forums I found someone with the same issue but going into extreme detail in the forum, told me where to check the Hard Drives for the “Smart +” status and see if there are any issues, and turns out one of the drives recently had over 65000+ Raw Error Rate which would lead me to agree that there is an issue with the drive, a way to test it is to take it out and try another transfer to see if the files transfers without issues.

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Turns out the drive that had issues is a drive that had ATA errors that increased to about 6 over time. When I took out the drive and did a transfer turns out that it was the faulty drive. Luckily I already had a spare Hitachi 2 TB drive that I inserted to replace it. Now the annoying process is going through the HD replacement with Hitachi even though it is warrantied for 5 years they are making this a very annoying process, unlike Western Digital who make it such a simple process, Hitachi is annoying with all their back and forth but I will get my Hard Drive RMAed and replaced!

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Moving Your iTunes Library to Some Where Else

I thought this would be a more difficult process then I expected. I currently have my iTunes library on my PC and I wanted it to move it to my Netgear ReadyNAS 1100 on the network. The ReadyNAS 1100 is a very solid high performance Network Area Storage unit, it has redundancy and been running for over a year and half now. I wanted have the library in a secure place with full redundancy accessible from any piece of hardware.

I thought it would very difficult to do but turns out its simpler then I thought, luckily Apple have thought about this issue and Home Sharing wasn’t going to work. Following the steps below you can move your library to any location and maintain all your playlists, playcounts, statistics, music, tv, movies, music videos and applications.

First Step:

  • Click Edit and go to “Preferences” then click the “Advanced” Tab
  • Where it says “iTunes Media folder location” click “Change” on the right and click any location, in my case I chose the NASBunker1100
  • Then Click “OK”

Second Step:

  • Click “File”
  • Click “Library” from the menu
  • Click “Organize” from the submenu
  • Then Check “Consolidate” and hit OK
  • Then let your system copy over all the Music, TV Shows, Movies, and Details to the new location. This could range from 30 minutes to hours depending on the mount of data you have.

This whole process took me less then 10 minutes and the copying took a few hours but I just left the machine. It worked smoothly without any disruptions, I was playing my music and music videos fine, and the data on the main PC is still intact so if anything is miss you can just copy it over without any issues.

Netgear Readynas 3200

Netgear announced the addition of a new, high-density network storage system to its award-winning family of ReadyNAS products for SMBs.Netgear 24TB network storage system for SMBs with the ReadyNAS 3200 is a 2U 12-bay unified storage platform that provides up to 24 terabytes in a single system.

I have always been a fan of the ReadyNAS product line and that was even before Netgear purchased the company, and luckily Netgear has only improved on the product but I still think there is some room for improvement. They mention that this is a new 24 TB 2U 12-bay storage platform, meaning that they are using 2TB Hard Drives to reach this amount but on their Hard Drive support page they do not support the 2TB drives, and when you look to purchase it, it isn’t available yet but the other units are but I’m looking forward to their solution because it will apply to all their product lines. Now for this machine, I think that it is one amazing product and looking forward to seeing some of the reviews, but you don’t get all this techi goodness without a nice juicy starting price of $4000 and thats for the 6 TB unit. As you know you can buy the low end one and buy the hard drives separately and perform the upgrade as you know can be a lot cheaper. As I said before, you can never have too much storage space.