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QNAP TS-431P SOHO NAS Reviewed

Discussion in 'QNAP' started by thiggins, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    QNAP's TS-431P is an entry-level RAID 5 NAS that should satisfy cost-focused buyers.

    Read on SmallNetBuilder
     
  2. PeterM17

    PeterM17 New Around Here

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    Hi,
    I'm replacing an HP510x that just failed. I have a number of NTFS drives with lots of data on them.
    I'm interested in the QNAP TS-431P and I was wondering if:
    1. I can run it WITHOUT raid,
    2. If it will natively read my NTFS drives.
    3. If Not - then what do you recommend?
     
  3. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    NAS drives generally can't be moved between systems.

    If you are trying to recover data, attach a SATA USB dock to a Windows system and hope that the HP didn't store the data in some wonky format.
     
  4. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    I certainly hope you had a backup plan - if not, perhaps now... there's an old saying - "There are people who back up, and there are people that have never lost a hard disk"

    Applies even more with RAID on a NAS, as there is a N/1 factor for data loss considering the number of drives in a clustered solution.

    1) Yes
    2) Maybe
    3) Back up your data stored on any NAS

    NAS are especially important to have a backup plan for - and the vendors generally have a solution for that...
     
  5. PeterM17

    PeterM17 New Around Here

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    Thanks for the replies!
    All my data off the broken HP has survived unscathed and I do have backups :)
    I have 3x3GB HDs that are currently partitioned into 2GB each because of the limitations of the HP 510X hardware. I can restore the full capacity of each drive at any time.

    Rephrasing my original question: What happens if I put an NTFS drive with data into a QNAP?
    Will it want to format it?
    Will it alter the MBR/Partition tables somehow so it can't be used in any other machine?
    Does it need a system drive/partition for it to set itself up? How big does this need to be?

    Thanks
     
  6. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    1) typically it will be partitioned and formatted - standalone or member of an mdadm raidset
    2) see above - and if RAID, there will be likely an mdadm superblock
    3) depends on the NAS - QNAP has a DOM so the OS is there, so the HD's are what they are... in any event, once disks are inserted, and the pools are established...

    Basically - insert disks into a NAS, expect them to be nuked and rebuilt.

    Once established, moving a disk set from one NAS to another in the same vendor - generally safe, but check with them first...
     
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    The NAS will nuke any disk you insert, so you can't just directly plug them. However those NTFS disk could be plugged to the NAS over USB if needed.
     

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