My question: given problems with QNAP security, does it make more sense just to use an external HD attached to a Roon Nuc? What is the advantage of a NAS vs. dedicated HD wired to the NUC?
Background: I was running Roon off my computer and storing music on a NAS. Then I got a Roon NUC+. For whatever reason, large portions of my 8 Tb NAS could not be played by Roon even though they are recognized and cataloged in Roon (this was never really solved). So I transferred the files that would not play to an external HD and just plugged it directly into the NUC – all works really well now. Now I am running about 6 Tb of music from the HD and only about 2 Tb from the NAS.
Today I read about problems with security, ransomware, etc. with QNAP, which has me worried.
I mostly use the NAS as temporary storage when I rip cds. Every month or so, I unplug the big HD from the Roon, plug it into my computer, and transfer files from the NAS to the HD. The NAS is mostly storage and backup. Maybe this isn’t the best set up, but it works for me.
So back to my basic question: What is the real advantage of a NAS over a HD, especially given QNAP’s problems? I get that a single HD does not provide RAID security that a NAS can, but (1) external HDs are really cheap – so much cheaper than building a NAS; and (2) it is easy to cheaply buy two or three 8 Tb HDs and just use them as backup that can be stored in a different building from the rest of one’s set up–RAID doesn’t protect from theft or a fire, but separate storage buildings does. The drawback I see is every once in a while you have to schlep an external HD and copy a boatload of files.
Any thoughts on NAS vs. HD attached to NUC+?