I am looking into purchasing the Thecus N5200BR Pro, and use the RAID 6 configuration to store my data. Does anyone have any pro's and con's for Thecus as a brand, and for the model itself?
What kind of issues have you been running into. My main concern it reliability. I am paranoid about losing my data, so I want to make sure I am getting something that will last me long term.
Also, does anyone know, if for example the Thecus Chassis fails, but the drives are still ok, can I just place the drives into a different Chassis, maybe even a different brand, and it will be able to read everything from the drives?
I've heard of people mentioning that data gets corrupt, did this happen to anyone here? Is there a way to avoid it?
Any information is greatly appreciated to make my decision of purchasing this unit easier.
As a personal opinion I would not bother with RAID 6. If you have a fire or theft then your data is lost.
If you are that paranoid about data I would suggest 2 x boxes in RAID 5 in different buildings. One replicating to the other. I would recommend tape backup but for a home enthusiast it is still just too expensive.
Generally speaking once a 5200 is up and running (and you don't mess with it) it will stay working until there is a hardware failure. Anything that is even marginally risky (like a raid migration or expansion) should only be done with a complete backup. I go back to my don't mess with it statement.
Be careful about your choice of hard disks. Some seem to work better than others. I have used Hitachi's and have had no problems.