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QNAP TS-419P+ Turbo NAS 4-Bay Network Storage Review

About six months ago, I started looking into building a Home Theater PC Solution that fit my needs.  Seeing I already owned an Xbox 360, and not wanting to build a separate PC, I decided my best route was to look at some type of device that could stream to an Xbox 360 using UPnP.  I ran into many roadblocks, some devices did not support a large storage pool, and others were just too expensive.  When asked to review the QNAP TS-419P+, I was thrilled to see that the device supported just the type of streaming that I wanted.

Like most people, I have a rather large DVD Collection, and the collection takes up a lot of room.  I wanted to be able to store my DVDs in a digital format, and be able to access them at any time.  I also wanted to know that my files would be safe in the event of a drive failure.  I wanted a NAS that had advanced RAID capabilities, used relatively little power, and as noted before, could stream to a variety of devices.  After reading that the QNAP TS-419P+ had Raid 0, 1, 5,6, single and JBOD Disk Configurations, online RAID capacity expansions, a built in UPnP Media Server, a 1.6GHz CPU and 512MB of dedicated ram, I felt that the NAS would be a good candidate for my needs.

Like most NAS devices, the QNAP TS-419P+ ships without hard drives.  Currently the largest size hard drive the NAS can support are 2TB Drives.  Having four Western Digital 2TB WD20EADS drives on hand, I decided I would setup the disks in a RAID 5, which would give me almost 6TB of usable disk space.   

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