Hey guys… never used a NAS before, or setup a RAID etc… basically I have now an old PC running as a media server with a 3TB drive for movies, and a 3TB drive for TV Series. I also have a pair of external 3TB drives and I do a mirror backup of each drive every other month, then keep the backups on a shelf away from the PC (not plugged in) to avoid anything like power surges, viruses, etc…
Decided to downsize, get Android boxes for the TVs (replace the old desktop PCs). I have a 10/100/1000 router with Cat6e lines running to all media players (minus phones/tablets) and bought the My Cloud EX2 for sharing the files with.
Just got it last night, and before I touch anything, was looking for some direction/feedback.
I would like for each drive to read as an individual drive, like it is now. Both shared, but both showing as a separate drive, one named Movies, and one named TV_Series. My thinking is that this will make things easier for sharing and for plugging my external drives in for backup. I’m looking to create 2 shares, one for GUEST with read only access, and one for ADMIN for my access from my PC for adding/deleting files. Right now I have them linked in MY COMPUTER as network drives X:\ and Y:.
Is this a JBOD setup? or a certain kind of RAID?
Is there anything I should know or be aware of before I get started?
I have 2x3TB drives, both SATA but if I recall, I think one is a WD and the other a Seagate, both 7200rpm. From what I’ve read, I’m assuming when installed they’ll get formatted. Does it pick the format or do I choose which format? (FAT/FAT32/NTSF/etc)… they’ll be access by my PC (Win10) and CoreElec (Linux) and Android devices.
Just looking for some guidance/feedback before I start on it, avoid some mistakes and headaches if possible. Given the time it’ll take to restore 6TB of data, I’d like to get it all done correct the first time.