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I currently have a 2TB Seagate USB 3.0 External hooked up to a Belkin N300 running dd wrt. I am running out of space on the HD and considering different options. Budget: $200. I have a few hard drives sitting idle I could use namely 640GB WD Green and three or four laptop hard drives (250GB to 500GB)

Option 1. Just get a 3TB Seagate HDD. $140 to replace current HD.

Option 2: ZyXEL NSA325 and another 2TB. $135 Zyxel + $100 2TB = $235
- Does anyone know if I can have this physically connected to two computer simultaneously?
- Can it run Sabnzbd? Looking this it seems like it might be possible http://www.nas-stuff.co.uk/complete-guide-to-installing-sabnzbd-sickbeard-and-couchpotato-on-a-zyxel-nsa-310-using-ffp-stick/

Option 3: Build a FreeNAS or unRAID or Windows Home Server box (using Fractal Design Node 304 case and the extra hard drives I have.) SFF appeals to me but this would be a new build meaning more $$$. Also, I would rather have something that works straight from the box as I do not have time to fiddle with an OS but if this is the only way to have sabnzbd torrents etc setup and most features I want then so be it.

Option 4: Convert my HTPC into NAS? HTPC is currently housed in low profile Silverstone ML03B. I have an empty Fractal Design Core 1000 I could put it in to house the extra hard drives. H67 mobo + Intel Celeron G530. Full specs in sig. Which OS should I use? xbmc /ubuntu? Can WHS run xbmc?
- only negatvie is higher power vs Zxyel...unless I underclock the Celeron? please advise.

NAS Devices & Usage
There are 3 laptops, 1 desktop + 1 HTPC in the house all running on Windows 7 and an android phone + android tablet (Gingerbread) + 2 iPhones. I mainly use my NAS for media playback using XBMC on my HTPC or laptop and using ES File Explorer + Moboplayer on my tablet.

Backup: I don't backup to my NAS but that would be nice. not really important.

RAID: I don't really care about the data on the NAS as most of it is media and I keep everything important on the 2TB in my desktop and a 1TB portable HD. Maybe for improved data transfer speeds?

What can I do to improve data transfer speeds. I plan on building another HTPC for the bedroom.
Edited by dunksandblazers - 10/17/12 at 1:45pm
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post #2 of 8
All I can comment on is FreeNAS. Look at my sig for the specs, but it will cost you a usb drive and a working computer. Transfer speeds on my network are 5-6mbs. It's stable enough to stream the rest of the house off of: 3 desktops, 5 laptops, 2 phones. Mix of Linux and Windows machines.

FreeNAS is pretty easy to use with its web based GUI.
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post #3 of 8
@OP

You could use something like Amahi Home Server . Amahi comes with a feature known as Greyhole which allows you to pool all of your hard drives into a single storage space, and also have duplicates to guard against disk failure.
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Is there anything like Greyhole I could run on Windows 7 ?
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The duplication features of Greyhole were available in Windows Home Server 1.x. Drive Bender is the closest I can find for the Windows eqivalent. Or you could try FlexRAID - unlike traditional RAID which uses block-level parity, or Greyhole wich uses file duplication, FlexRAID uses file-level parity to reconstruct missing files in the event of disk failure.

A notable feature of FlexRAID is that each drive can be pulled from the pool and used independently. Related to this is the fact that drives can be spun down if they are not in use; this matters when the drive count starts to climb. This ability also applies to Greyhole and Drive Bender, as far as I know.

A couple others are SnapRAID and disParity.
Edited by parityboy - 10/18/12 at 1:45am
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post #6 of 8
You can also pool drives in FreeNAS using ZFS.
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Yes, this is true but you'd also need to make sure you use mirrored pairs of drives as vdevs (is that right?), otherwise drive failure = data loss. Additionally, ZFS stripes data across all of the vdevs, so to access a single file could like involve all of the drives in the pool, which will cost more money with a high drive count.
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I ended up just getting this Vantac HDD Rack and using the 2.5" hard drives I had lying around.


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