NAS for multimedia and editing on Lightroom and Premiere

Hey there, my goal is to setup a NAS in my home where I will store music, movies, tv shows, raw photos that will be edited in Lightroom as well as 1080p/4k video that would be edited in premiere. So it would essentially be my media server. I have roughly 20tb‘s worth of data. I additionally was looking to get something like a mac mini dedicated to running plex that would access the NAS that would handle the streaming/transcoding to multiple TVs.

Not only did I want to use my NAS as a my media server to store files, I’d also like to be able to back up those drives, as well as the drives in my desktop, I have a hackintosh desktop I recently built.

For the NAS, I was thinking of something maybe like a 6 bay, where I could have just 3 disks for whatever use, and the other 3 in a RAID configuration. But I wouldn’t mind having expandability for the future. Is it possible to only choose what drives you want to use in a raid config with a NAS or is it you either RAID all the drives or nothing?

You can choose which drives to use in the RAID. You can even have two separate RAID if needed. For 4K editing, you will need something with several LAN ports and possibility for 10GbE upgrade. You even connect NAS to a router and editing PC directly using 10GbE card and CAT6a cable to achieve maximum speed. I would recommend TS-653B (653Be limited edition) or DS1618+. Both options will allow 10GbE upgrade as well as SSD caching option. For some more professional solution, you can consider TVS-682 with Tiered storage option for smart data distribution based on its importance.

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