Originally Posted by graphicsman
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.