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I'm out of SATA ports and HDD bays in my sig rig and storage space is running out.

What's the best way to connect hard drives? I don't want another PC attached to the network - mainly just due to costs. I'd need a mobo and PSU and there's the electricity bill.


What's the cheapest method? internal hard drives + external cases (and perhaps additional PCIe - USB ports)?

I know I have lots of storage in my PC. With recent monitor and TV upgrades though, I want to rip movies at much higher quality. 700Gb of ~700Mb AVI files will become HUGE when they're DVD rips.

I also do a lot of PS work and, well, the image I'm working on now is 2.5Gb! The storage is soon eaten up.

Thanks
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NAS (Network Attached Storage) runs without a PC, so that's my first thought. There is the initial cost of the NAS device, but if you're thrifty that shouldn't be a problem. A PCI card that adds USB ports and then USB enclosures is a a pretty good idea too. Or eSATA, but I don't have any experience with that so I'll just stop right there lol.
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Something like the SansDigital TR4M should do good by you. If you want to use it as RAID 5 instead of JBOD, make sure to get the upgraded Highpoint eSATA card from SansDigital (it's cheapest to buy it from them directly). I THINK this one comes with the upgraded card.
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You can find one of the old NSLU2, by Linksys, on EBay for ~$25. Replace the firmware with Unslung for extra features and functionality.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSLU2



EDIT: http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/FAQ/HomePage
Edited by bfe_vern - 1/26/11 at 11:09pm
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Originally Posted by Razinhail View Post
NAS (Network Attached Storage) runs without a PC, so that's my first thought. There is the initial cost of the NAS device, but if you're thrifty that shouldn't be a problem. A PCI card that adds USB ports and then USB enclosures is a a pretty good idea too. Or eSATA, but I don't have any experience with that so I'll just stop right there lol.
I've two eSATA ports on my PC. One directly to the mobo. One's on top of the case and isn't plugged into the mobo (no space )

Quote:
Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
How does this attach, and to what? Unless I'm being dumb, it doesn't say. Does it connect to a router or to my PC? If it's to my PC then is it SATA? USB?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigMak911 View Post
Something like the SansDigital TR4M should do good by you. If you want to use it as RAID 5 instead of JBOD, make sure to get the upgraded Highpoint eSATA card from SansDigital (it's cheapest to buy it from them directly). I THINK this one comes with the upgraded card.

NAS looks good. Kinda expensive if you want more than 4 bays. Mind you, 4 bays could easily be 8Tb

The SansDigital thing also looks good. Time to start reading reviews and dropping hints to my wife about birthday presents etc.




Thanks to everyone. Unsurprisingly, fast, excellent advice
Edited by makecoldplayhistory - 1/26/11 at 11:23pm
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post #7 of 9
Raid card, tbh replace your 320 GB Hdds with WD greens 2TB
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post #8 of 9
If you need a lot lot of storage.... don't buy a NAS.

Build a NAS or file server. Yes, it is a separate computer... but so is an off-the-shelf NAS.

You can build a 6 port server for around $200-250.

Also, don't forget you want some redundancy so 4 bays means ~6TB usable.
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post #9 of 9
your best bet..
1. raid card
2. nother computer.. something really cheap say micro atx athlon 2gb ram..

you will be our to have 4 - 6 drives depending on the board straight off the bat..
then you can add raid cards..
but yeah :]

EDIT: just read op again.
what about a atom itx? + raid card ull have 8+ ports ( 2 or 3 on board maby 4. and a raid card with X ammount ) they only use 40w or less so would cost stuff all. to run
    
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