Originally Posted by alwang17
I never exactly understood how to set up NAS. Is it set up using the main computer and then hooked up to the network, or do they have their own user-interface? Are they directly hooked up to the router using Ethernet, or wireless? The benefits are incredibly useful though.
I'm not sure about cheaper. You'd still have to fill it up with drives and a quick search
doesn't seem to show any really cheap ones. You could probably setup a really cheap rig for the cost of a 4-bay enclosure.
NAS runs separately from your PC, it's basically another PC with dedicated hard drives. You run it with Linux and FreeNAS.
If your friend needs more hard drive space I recommend him to get a Sans Digital tower and setup in JBOD through eSata. He can also setup the tower in RAID if he wanted to. It's a lot cheaper solution than pre-built NAS's and he can go for 16TB for a little over $1K. It's a lot easier to setup, just plug in your 8 hard drives and plug the two eSata cables into your PC, format hard drives and you're done you got 16TB of data for storage in JBOD.Sans Digital Pro's
Easy to setup, plug-n-play and done
Can setup in JBOD & Raid easily
Case that holds the drives doesn't take up much room
Uses less power (no cpu/mobo/ram, only has room for hard drives & stock PSU)Sans Digital Con's
Cost a little more than normal NAS setup
No LAN support, so if you need this it's not a good choiceRegular NAS Setup Pro's
Has support for LAN
CheaperRegular NAS Setup Con's
You have to setup the software
Takes up a lot of empty room i.e. Mid Tower/Full Tower
Uses more power
Here's a sample of someone's 16TB NAS build on NewEgg:http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=11887834
As you can see this person's 16TB NAS consists of a Mid-Tower case. So expect to have room for another tower. Pre-built NAS and Sans Digital are better solutions if you need to save on space and need something a little more compact in size.
There is the option of buying a pre-built NAS system but it's very expensive and hard drives aren't usually included. The great thing about the pre-built NAS is that some of them are super compact like this:
I like my Sans Digital TR8MB-P setup though currently 3xWD20EARS want to get like 5 more WD20EARS to max out at 16TB. Only thing I don't have is a LAN connection to share my hard drives through a network but I don't really need it. So my main PC has to be on if I want to share files through LAN and Windows.