I have decided to replace my current NAS, a MyCloud Mirror Gen 2, because it is simply unable to maintain a safe temperature level. I am currently looking a several options:
- WD MyCloud PR2100
- Asustor Lockerstor 2
- QNAP TS-251
- Synology DS720+
I’m not concerned about which is the best replacement. Indeed, I’d prefer the WD but others have to be considered. That is for another thread.
What I’m really concerned about is how portable my files are. I have heard that HDDs used in a WD NAS are encoded and other drives won’t read them. For the record, I have not used the optional encryption in my current NAS so they can still be read as a network drive by all the machines on my network.
So the question is this: if I have not encrypted my data in my existing WD enclosure, is it still possible to transfer it to another enclosure, like a QNAP, without having to do a dot-and-carry-one operation, passing files across a third drive? Or can it just be read normally?