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I need a Server/NAS for 5TB of data.

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I have a lot of data that is stored on a external hard drive that I would like to move to a networked drive. So I'm looking for the cheapest way store all this data. I would also like the NAS/Server to do automatic backups for Windows and Mac OS X.
post #2 of 13
WHS v1 is still very popular, and very easy.
 
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Budget?

I'd seriously recommend QNAP devices but they tend to be a bit expensive. Excellent feature set however...
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ok,

so you want it to do backups? In what sense? System states or data? Also, getting it to do backups for both windows and mac OSX will be an issue purely because of the different file systems.

What's your budget as well?

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Amahi home server may be helpful. Similar to WHS but I think there is support for other OS backups.


http://www.amahi.org/
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Budget?

I'd seriously recommend QNAP devices but they tend to be a bit expensive. Excellent feature set however...
preferably $200-300. I might be able to stretch it to $350.

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ok,

so you want it to do backups? In what sense? System states or data? Also, getting it to do backups for both windows and mac OSX will be an issue purely because of the different file systems.

What's your budget as well?

Comps
I really just want it to do data back up system states aren't that important. Time Machine compatibility would be very nice.

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Amahi home server may be helpful. Similar to WHS but I think there is support for other OS backups.


http://www.amahi.org/
Thanks for the link.
post #7 of 13
Cheapest way? Get an old PC with SATA connections (or a sata card), install freenas or Openfiler on it. Freenas supports software raid out of the box, and I'd guess openfiler does too.

FreeNAS is very efficient on resources, so older hardware will do fine.
    
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post #8 of 13
freeNAS is great. you can set up time machine with it on the macs.... Had that for a while.
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I'm not a great fan of software based RAID Systems, best off using the one with a mobo or expansion card.
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Cheapest way? Get an old PC with SATA connections (or a sata card), install freenas or Openfiler on it. Freenas supports software raid out of the box, and I'd guess openfiler does too.

FreeNAS is very efficient on resources, so older hardware will do fine.
Thanks for the tip!

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freeNAS is great. you can set up time machine with it on the macs.... Had that for a while.
Sweet thanks for the info

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I'm not a great fan of software based RAID Systems, best off using the one with a mobo or expansion card.
So compuman what would you recommend getting some old parts or getting a brand new NAS.
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