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I have several computers I've built over the years that are great for working. However I like to store my data onsite and I've debated to see if a NAS is right for me. I currently have two PCs running 6 1TBs in Raid 1. I would love to go raid 5, however the mobo won't allow but either 1/0. Size would be a benefit in my little closet. I've seen some NAS on newegg for around a grand to hold several drives. I've debated selling my two pcs and getting a NAS. Wanted to know what you guys suggest.
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http://www.synology.com/us/products/DS1511+/index.php

Buy that ^ and be done with your question. We recently got that for our business for "continuity" plans incase shtf. I have already had to use it twice for oopsies I did tinkering with hyper-v hehe. Under 1000$ too. cheers
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is this data consistently accessed?

i would just make one of those PCs into linux box with ubuntu/redhat/etc and run Mdadm as raid and use that as a NAS.

^ may be a little complicated if you never played with linux before, So I will recommend to you UNRAID.
A free license will get you started with 3 HDDs. 1 as parity. It's a great little thing, but if you're looking for pure performance this may not be your answer. It's great for media hosting though =)
Edited by this n00b again - 8/11/11 at 10:43pm
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I have several computers I've built over the years that are great for working. However I like to store my data onsite and I've debated to see if a NAS is right for me. I currently have two PCs running 6 1TBs in Raid 1. I would love to go raid 5, however the mobo won't allow but either 1/0. Size would be a benefit in my little closet. I've seen some NAS on newegg for around a grand to hold several drives. I've debated selling my two pcs and getting a NAS. Wanted to know what you guys suggest.
Wait. Are the two PCs both acting as servers. If so, how are the 1TB drives split up between them?

Also, no need at all for a dedicated NAS device if you already have PCs at the ready. All you'd need is enough ports for all 6 drives on one machine, either on the board or through a combination of onboard + a controller card (a standard SATA card will do, no need for a dedicated RAID card). Throw Debian Linux on the host PC and use Linux's software RAID (MD RAID, or MDADM as it's also known) to use all 6 drives in a RAID 5 config.

Even if you've never used Linux before it's extremely easy to setup, manage and control a RAID via MD RAID. I had never touched Linux for longer than an hour before I setup my Debian box as a home file server. Took me less than 2 hours to get everything setup.

You'll use Samba for sharing the data on said drives. Also extremely easy to setup and manage.
    
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Using a NAS server is cool I admit, however if you want something that is seemless and only takes 5-10 minutes to setup and forget about, check out my link and other synology products. Their built in operating system can do anything a linux server does plus much more out of the box.
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one server acts as my client records and the other are my fonts, templates, resources, etc etc. i thought of a RAID card but i have never used one before.
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