QNAP NAS Major Win

We are the winners.  A few years ago, my lovely wife and son were searching for an NAS solution for our home office.  They chose QNAP, specifically the TS-419P II.  Having suffered through abuse from HP, I figured we’d be replacing this box in a few years.  Not so.  QNAP NAS major win for support for their older models.

The TS-419P II is a standard, four-bay box.  You must supply and install the drives.  Originally the firmware supported 8tb.  We installed 4 x 2tb Samsung drives with RAID zero configuration.

Then a couple of years later we needed more space.  (My lovely wife is a semi-professional photographer gradually moving into video.)  With a simple firmware upgrade, we replaced the Samsung drives with 4 x 4tb Seagate drives.  Presto … well, there was a fair wait getting the RAID to rebuild when we did a hot-install of the fourth drive … we had 8tb of NAS.

Today for reasons that are none of your business (involving tax stuff, you really don’t want to know), I decided to check for firmware updates.  Sure enough, 4.1.3 was available.  Here’s the description:


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ARE YOU KIDDING ME? A BETTER ALGORITHM FOR THE SMART FAN?!??!! For a box we bought years ago? At a price of zero?

If you’re looking for NAS, I can give my unqualified endorsement to QNAP.  Regular readers will understand how unusual this is.  For newcomers, here’s the quick summary: NEVER.

About Tony Lima

Tony Lima has been working with technology, economic modeling, forecasting, and market research for 40 years. His background makes him uniquely qualified to navigate this varied landscape. Begin with his education: B.S. in chemical engineering from M.I.T. , M.B.A. from Harvard, Ph.D. in economics from Stanford. His day job was professor of economics at California State University, East Bay. He retired in 2016 to devote his time to consulting and writing. But he has found time to: write (eight books and over 100 articles ranging from wine economics to detailed analyses of meta-language code generators) consult with companies ranging from Microsoft to CEDEX keep his expertise up-to-date, constantly reading and sorting through the avalanche of information available daily maintain three blogs: Wine Research, Wine Economics, and Economic Policy Local policy analysis: Los Altos Politico.com

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