I picked up a QNAP TS-251 on sale and will be using it as a server to back up desktops & serve some business files to a small 4 person office (quickbooks, office documents, and artwork) and also would like to use it to stream music videos and tutorials upstairs for when I'm by the piano giving lessons or composing.
I picked up two 2 identical 2 TB Hitachi HDs and have already used Crystal Disks Info and HD Sentinel to check disk health of each, which was perfect. I also ran the short test and random access test on each drive and they were fine. I would like to know what programs/tests people run to "burn test" their HDs to minimize the possibility of these drives failing shortly after install and setup.
I would also like to know how to best configure these drives for performance/storage and setup my QNAP given my intended use. Should I format these HDs with windows, use some QNAP formatting software or just pop them in as they are. The drives are both unformatted and I've just started doing my research w respect to QNAP/NAS in general, so any advice or tutorial from someone with actual experience would be great.
Thanks in advance...