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Please help me choose between WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra and a Synology 218J

Discussion in 'General NAS Discussion' started by LeKeiser, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. LeKeiser

    LeKeiser Regular Contributor

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    Hello everyone,

    I have posted my problems with a QNAP TS-212P and duplicate files and directories/files being renamed :
    https://www.snbforums.com/threads/problem-with-a-qnap-ts-212p.61288/#post-542548

    I want to get another NAS I would be able to rely to. But I don't want to spend too much.
    I already have a WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra, quite happy with it. It costs 150 Euros.
    But there is also the Synology 218J at 160 Euros.

    My goal is to have my data on 2 4TB disks using Raid1. And only that. I don't plan to add any other program. I will copy data on the Raid1 partition and that's all. No media center, no video surveillance, no...

    So which one would you choose?

    Thank you for your feedback :)
     
  2. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    WD really isn't in the NAS business any more. I moved on from my MyCloud years ago to a Synology 2 bay.
     
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  3. LeKeiser

    LeKeiser Regular Contributor

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    My WD is still updated, it gets new firmwares from time to time.
    Thing is, it seems pretty stable. More stable than the QNAP I have.
    But if you think the Syno is a better buy, then......
     
  4. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    I didn't say the Synology is a better buy. Just sharing my experience FWIW.
     
  5. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    I would also expect more timely updates from Synology than WD. Most likely the Synology will also be supported for a longer time.
     
  6. LeKeiser

    LeKeiser Regular Contributor

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    I'm sorry I didn't mean to argue your post :)
    Well I'll get the Synology. I don't know that brand, so will be nice to learn something new :)
     
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  7. System Error Message

    System Error Message Part of the Furniture

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    WD works fine, is ok as a basic NAS. infact when i have money i'll order one for my parents. I would recommend synology though and if when i purchase it they have a better offer i would use them instead.

    Synology is a pretty good NAS brand, the only problem i have with them is their price.
     
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  8. dosborne

    dosborne Senior Member

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    I would say WD if you want simple offline backup.

    If you want a true NAS, then, from the listed options, I would go Synology.
    (I researched for months though before going with QNAP over Synology but I doubt there's much point in my bringing this up)
     
  9. Patrick9876

    Patrick9876 Occasional Visitor

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    Up until 6 months ago I used a WD My Cloud (not EX anything, just My Cloud - single drive). It worked fine for years but got bricked during a (very rare) firmware upgrade. WD support was no help - asking me to do things requiring access to the dashboard.

    I used that as an opportunity to redesign my NAS configuration- replacing the My Cloud with a QNAP TS-128A (another single bay NAS) and replacing two very old WD MyBookLive devices with a Synology DS218 (2 bay in a RAID 1 config).

    Based on a number tutorials I found on the web I was finally able to unbrick the My Cloud and am keeping it as an emergency backup device.

    Now that I have a little experience with both Synology and QNAP, I prefer Synology. That's not based on much, though, and it's really too soon to form a strong opinion. The Synology just feel more professional to me.
     
  10. dosborne

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    At least partly, that could depend on the various models compared. Both companies have low end ( i.e. cheap look and feel ) units as well as both having some very nice high end products with lots in between. :)
     
  11. Patrick9876

    Patrick9876 Occasional Visitor

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    Actually, I was not reacting to the hardware but to QTS vs DSM. Anything that has animated icons on its dashboard loses points with me - looks like a game rather than a professional tool. That system status thing in QTS reminds me of Clippy.
     
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  12. dosborne

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    Could not agree with you more. The QNAP GUI is very "childish" in some aspects compared to the professional tools I'm used to. Fortunately, I rarely use it. I have been successful in removing most (if not all) of the animations though, but overall it is still has a lower professional look and feel.
     
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  13. LeKeiser

    LeKeiser Regular Contributor

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    Hello everybody and thank you for all your answers :)
    I've decided to get a Synology DS218J because I haven't tried that brand yet so I'm excited to play with this new toy :D I already own a WD NAS (and I'm very happy with it) so I need something new ;)
    So the Syno will replace my QNAP NAS. Really disappointed with this brand or this model. Too many weird things with it. Hope the Syno will behave better ;)

    EDIT : any advice on how to configure it the best way? I will only use it to store my data on a Raid1 partition. I don't plan to use any other software, like media stuff or...

    EDIT 2 : Well I've changed my mind when I read this post :
    https://www.snbforums.com/threads/synology-ds218j-ds218play-diskstations-reviewed.42455/

    My QNAP wakes the disks up when they are into hibernation. I thought it was because something was accessing the shares or the drives, but... And since the Synology has the same problem then it's a no way for me.
    So back to my first choice, getting a WD NAS.

    EDIT 3 : well... Another change of mind :D
    I will try the Synology anyway cuz I'm curious to set up a DNS server and a mail server on this device. Right now, I have a Sheevaplug server with a Debian running, Postfix and Bind9. But I have a single disk connected. And the power supply of the Shevaplugs aren't famous to last more than 1 or 2 years. And if I'm not mistaken, they've also been discontinuated.
    So I'm gonna set up a DNS and a mail server on the Syno, and see how it goes. I know that the disks will never enter hibernation mode but... let's do it :D
     
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