Congrats on your NAS! 5 bays are nice as you can use one as a hot swappable spare and still be able to enjoy the benefits of raid 5/6.M moogoo and Seth
I ended up going with a Synology. 5 bays. It just arrived. I've been reading instructions and advice for setting it up. Will do some more before turning it on because I want to get it right. Will use either SHRS or SHRS-2, the synology proprietary system analogous to Raid 5 and 6 respectively. I also will give the Synology media center software Video Station a try to. Might even run both for a while. The Synology product has better reviews and features than I expected and it seems like the preference among users is maybe slightly towards Plex, but not by much.
I couldn't wait and jumped in last night. I made one mistake but caught it early and just wiped and started over. I inadvertently included all 5 drives in the Volume instead of setting one up as the hot swap. It was the only area where Synology's setup process was a bit lacking, I think. I assumed that after I chose SHRS-2 it would prompt me to select 1 or 2 Hot Swappable drives but it didn't, and then when I got to the create volume part of the setup I used all 5 without really realizing it. But then I played around with the control panel and file station, realized my mistake, figured out where I went wrong and fixed it pretty easily. So I'm all configured and have about 10 films and 5 home movies in my library as a start, running both the Plex software and the Synology video station. I even rendered a home movie direct from iMovie on my Mac to the Home Movies folder on the NAS.Congrats on your NAS! 5 bays are nice as you can use one as a hot swappable spare and still be able to enjoy the benefits of raid 5/6.