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eh. The cost to performance ratio is worth it in my opinion.
Anything is better than a pile of USB drives though tongue.gif

Personally, I'd agree with you. I guess it's best to present all available options and let the OP choose what is best for his budget and needs wink.gif
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Okay, so I just read all your replies, and you've really given me something to think about.

I don't think I want to go higher than 2 Tb. drives, since here in Denmark it's expensive. But I'll see, what I wanna do smile.gif


Thanks! Will rep you soon!
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something like ICY DOCK MB561US-4SB-1 Aluminum body w/ partial plastic 3.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA Quad Bay External Enclosure http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198047&name=External-Enclosures ?
newegg's main enclosure section, you can filter from there
http://www.newegg.com/External-Enclosures/SubCategory/ID-92
most USB ones are single drive but there are a few multiple drive ones, and other retailers may have other offerings but this should give you some idea of what's available

Yeah, this definitely gives me some inspiration smile.gif Thanks!


- Can't buy from Newegg though...

I thought that might be the case, but I had written up my whole post before noticing your location
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if you have the money, i would buy a premade NAS, then you can have network storage solution that is easy to set up, option to use RAID, secure, can access drives/arrays from all rigs connected to the network, great for back ups as well. very feature rich... Cons can be expensive
i use synology
http://www.synology.com/index.php?lang=default

I don't have direct experience but I've overheard a coworker talking about his synology and it sounds pretty cool. Not sure which model he has
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if you have the money, i would buy a premade NAS, then you can have network storage solution that is easy to set up, option to use RAID, secure, can access drives/arrays from all rigs connected to the network, great for back ups as well. very feature rich... Cons can be expensive
i use synology
http://www.synology.com/index.php?lang=default

I don't have direct experience but I've overheard a coworker talking about his synology and it sounds pretty cool. Not sure which model he has

smile.gif they are super cool with lots of features tho most you wont use but have the option to set them up.. i like how very easy they are to set up and configure plus reliable good performers smile.gif
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I thought that might be the case, but I had written up my whole post before noticing your location

Honest mistake smile.gif
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I don't have direct experience but I've overheard a coworker talking about his synology and it sounds pretty cool. Not sure which model he has

Yeah, heard a great many things about Synology. Just think it's a bit expensive, because I want to expand, and it'll be quite limited if I can only put 2x hard drives in it. And again, it would be too expensive to buy one that can house more than 4 HDDs.
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smile.gif they are super cool with lots of features tho most you wont use but have the option to set them up.. i like how very easy they are to set up and configure plus reliable good performers smile.gif

I'll look into it, but as of now I really like the idea of building a silent one myself, with support for 6-8, 3.5" drives smile.gif
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There is no need for such a high end setup when the guy was originally planning to use a bunch of external USB2.0 drives. Some cheap sata cards and an atom board would be enough.

HIJACK!~ But seriously, which "cheap" cards would you recommend. I'm kinda in the same boat. I do not need RAID, but I need more sata ports. Most of the cheap cards I've found say that the RAID sucks, but as just extra ports, they may work fine.

cg
Edited by exnihilo - 10/26/12 at 7:31am
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HIJACK!~ But seriously, which "cheap" cards would you recommend. I'm kinda in the boat. I do not need RAID, but I need more sata ports. Most of the cheap cards I've found say that the RAID sucks, but as just extra ports, they may work fine.
cg

You could try to search around for a thread here regarding your issue smile.gif Although, I could actually also need a card with extra SATA ports.


But anyway, I've got a question. Do I need to use FreeNAS to setup the home server, or could I use something else? And I'd need a disk for the OS too. Like a 60 Gb. SSD or something?
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FreeNAS is, as the name suggests, optimized for NAS, but it is certainly not the only option. Just about any OS will do. If you want to run your favorite version of windows due to familiarity, be my guest. If you want a full featured linux distro for added capabilities, that's cool too. Heck, if you feel like building a hackintosh that would also work, although I personally couldn't endorse it.

Obviously, you will need somewhere to store that OS. It can be on one of the data storage drives, there is no real need for a separate drive for the OS alone. That said, a separate small SSD for the OS would give you the best performance. If you're just running something light like FreeNAS, it probably won't be too noticeable (unless you're constantly reading and writing to the same drive as the OS) but if you go with the full linux or windows option, it is worth the investment.

As for cheap cards, if you aren't going to use their RAID functionality, just about any of them will work just fine as extra sata ports.
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FreeNAS is, as the name suggests, optimized for NAS, but it is certainly not the only option. Just about any OS will do. If you want to run your favorite version of windows due to familiarity, be my guest. If you want a full featured linux distro for added capabilities, that's cool too. Heck, if you feel like building a hackintosh that would also work, although I personally couldn't endorse it.
Obviously, you will need somewhere to store that OS. It can be on one of the data storage drives, there is no real need for a separate drive for the OS alone. That said, a separate small SSD for the OS would give you the best performance. If you're just running something light like FreeNAS, it probably won't be too noticeable (unless you're constantly reading and writing to the same drive as the OS) but if you go with the full linux or windows option, it is worth the investment.
As for cheap cards, if you aren't going to use their RAID functionality, just about any of them will work just fine as extra sata ports.

Thanks! Well, I like the familiarity that Windows 7 gives me, but the idea of a fast linux based system is intriguing tongue.gif But I'll definitely get a small SSD for performance smile.gif
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