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I'm looking at a way to backup 3 computers (2 desktop, 1 laptop). In addition I need to store quite a few digital picture as well as music files. I would like to be able to expand/upgrade the amount of storage if need be. Initially I was looking at building my own NAS from scratch. I have a microcenter near by and of course the usual online stores to peruse.

I'm not sure if NAS is the way to go or not and not sure where to begin. My other option is building a windows server box, but I was hoping to stay inexpensive and not have to buy an OS and use something like FREENAS instead. Ijn addition I would like something that draws low power if possible as I would like to just turn it on and leave it on 24/7.


~S
post #2 of 12
LaCie http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=11471 makes very nice NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices which connect to your router and then can be used in either RAID 0 or 1 modes. As well, there are several other manufacturers that make various kinds of external hard drives.

The other option is to pick up an old computer and make a Linux file server with it...
Edited by kmss1 - 1/16/11 at 7:47am
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your best bet is likely to be Amahi Home Server (like WHS but Linux based and free) running on an Athlon II 245 (or similar) on an AMD 740G/760G board with 2-4GB RAM, in a cheapy case with a basic but stable psu (CX400 or similar).

You can substitute most of the above for whatever you have lying around already also - reuse is (usually) better than buying new if you have a few bits.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by the_beast;12030601 
your best bet is likely to be Amahi Home Server (like WHS but Linux based and free) running on an Athlon II 245 (or similar) on an AMD 740G/760G board with 2-4GB RAM, in a cheapy case with a basic but stable psu (CX400 or similar).

You can substitute most of the above for whatever you have lying around already also - reuse is (usually) better than buying new if you have a few bits.

Thanks for the tip on Amahi, it looks really nice. It looks like it is capable of things I may want in the future like streaming live video. My only concern is that I have zero experience with Linux. How is the learning curve? I am willing to learn, so I will definitely check it out.

I was looking at small mobo's that pair up with something like an Athalon 240. Any word on reliability for Foxconn, Jetway, or Elitegroup mobo's? Most seem to only have 4 SATA ports. Am I better of with a SATA Raid Controller card?

And one more question: How big of a role does RAM play in these types of set-ups? Is 4gig necessary? Though I suppose it doesn't' matter too much as RAM is so cheap I should probably go the 4gig route anyway.

~S
post #5 of 12
unless you plan on running a lot of apps on your server, 2GB is plenty.

Most 740G boards only have 4 SATA ports, but there are some with 6. I would avoid a card until you max out the onboard ports, as they use extra power.

Foxconn make a lot of Dell's stuff, and probably other big-name high-reliability kit also. But with all of this stuff you get what you pay for - don't expect a $30 board to be as good as a $200 board. But usually if your board works when you get it, it will keep on working (especially if not overclocking and your cooling is adequate. So unless you get sent a pup (and you can send it straight back if that's the case) you should be fine with pretty much any board.
post #6 of 12
For a file server.. ram yes... processor no. It doesnt really process anything, but does need the ram and HD space.
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Originally Posted by TDS;12031235 
For a file server.. ram yes... processor no. It doesnt really process anything, but does need the ram and HD space.

If you aren't doing any processing, you don't need any (much) RAM...
post #8 of 12
i agree with everyone to get an amd board with a low power cpu. at the moment im running a intel atom with windows 7 as my file server and it's ok. it would be nicer if it had more power but it is enough for what i use it for. what ever you do i highly recommend on find something that uses a gigabit port and a switch to ago along with it.
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A good NAS would-be one by Synology or like everyone else said, one powered by linux.
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by bobfig;12031333 
what ever you do i highly recommend on find something that uses a gigabit port and a switch to ago along with it.

This I knew was a must. Luckily when I was putting together a new network after switching ISP's, I made sure I went gigabit. I also had a ton of Cat6 cable given to me for free.


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