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Build a NAS for Affordable Storage – The Complete Guide

Having a ton of extra hard drives lying around doing nothing seems like a huge waste to me. In my efforts to put some of this storage to good use, I have been toying with the idea of building a NAS using standard hardware and one of the open source NAS packages out there; namely OpenMediaVault. With performance, size, and budget in mind; I am going to guide you on how to build a NAS.

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Should You Defrag Your SSD?

Hard Drive defragging has become routine for many of us. Through the years there have been a number of utilities that claimed to make accessing data quicker on your hard drives by placing it sequentially on your disk. We have read many guides that suggested that we defrag our hard drives often and even Windows will suggest a schedule for defragmenting your hard drive. This is all well and good for traditional hard drives, but does this apply for SSDs as well?

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QNAP TS-269 PRO NAS Review

It is so easy for us at C.O.D. to get carried away with storage solutions that are a bit over the top. Although there are a few of you out there that get excited about 6 bay and 8 bay NAS, the majority of people I know are more likely to look for a 2 bay or 4 bay solution for their home or small business. In an effort to fill the gap, QNAP has decided that we should take a look at their latest 2 bay NAS, the QNAP TS-269 PRO.

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