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post #1 of 12
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Hey guys.

I've been getting a tad frustrated with my External Hard drives recently as I'm sick of moving them from room to room just to copy a small file over.

I've heard of NAS drives in the past but I've only started looking into them within this past week, I feel that they're quite expensive for what they are and have user friendly UI's which are unnecessary as all I want to do is have them as network drives.

Which NAS drives would you guys recommend or do you think it would be better for me to create a File-Server/create my own NAS?
post #2 of 12
I created my own NAS with freeNAS using a cheap ECS motherboard that had 6 sata ports. I only have about $140 in the case, motherboard, supply, DVD and sempron 140 processor.

It only needs a 1gb stick of memory and I happened to have 2 512mb DDR2 sticks. It runs off a DVD drive or a USB flash drive (That's what I use). I used (3) Samsung F2 1.5tb EcoGreen drives in a RAID 5 which gave me approx 2.7tb of usable space.

I love mine. It was tons of features and is a set it and forget it installation. So all in all I have approx $380 in mine. The hdd's being the biggest investment
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The simplicity described almost sounds like you're as interested in a [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Pogoplug-Media-Sharing-Device-Black/dp/B0048KR1KU/"]pogoplug[/ame]. I have never owned one but it's exactly what you describe: storage space shared on network and dead-simple to use setup and use. You can even access data/copy over data from outside the your home network. A NAS is good for lots of storage and a big stack of HDDs and get a little complicated for recovery and stuff. If you're willing to go all "belt and suspenders" if something breaks on your NAS you may want to keep researching and use a pogo in the mean time.

So which scenario is better?
  • One drive, super-simple/easy/set it and forget it
  • Lots of drives, a little more complicated to setup and way more complicated to recover from a crash...
 
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post #4 of 12
My Buffalo router actually has a USB port and a NAS function, but I guess you're not looking to replace your router. smile.gif

I've also got a Thecus 2100 and it's not a bad choice. Actually, if I were to do it all over again, I would get at least a 3 bay NAS so I could run RAID 5.
post #5 of 12
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I feel that creating my own NAS would be the best option as its more affordable and I can take use of parts which I already have lying around.

I would go without a RAID as I might end up pulling a hard drive and taking it around to a mates house in a External HDD enclosure.

Would you guys recommend Windows Home Server or something like FreeNAS?
post #6 of 12
It really depends on your knowledge. Windows has the user-friendly least amount of training required (and drive extender work extremely well) while FreeNAS has merely an "ok" web-based UI (IMHO) and I assume disaster recovery methods although I personally have never found them. And the documentation leaves something to be desired (again, imho).

This forum will probably recommend Amahi/Greyhole anyway (which I have never tried). Personally I love WHS with its' drive extender, a terrific non-RAID solution for windows-centric types like me.
 
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I clicked on this hoping it was a group for the well known rap artist, but it was not.

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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by subassy;13033438 
It really depends on your knowledge. Windows has the user-friendly least amount of training required (and drive extender work extremely well) while FreeNAS has merely an "ok" web-based UI (IMHO) and I assume disaster recovery methods although I personally have never found them. And the documentation leaves something to be desired (again, imho).

This forum will probably recommend Amahi/Greyhole anyway (which I have never tried). Personally I love WHS with its' drive extender, a terrific non-RAID solution for windows-centric types like me.

Thanks for that, I will probably end up looking into Amahi/Greyhole as I like a challenge which these will offer.

I don't really like the WHS interface as from what I've seen its to backup based but I suppose at the end of the day I should try out all of then then decide which is best suited to my scenario..
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Not sure what you mean by "backup based" (it's just a storage pool consistent of a bunch of drives), good luck with Amahi I hope it goes well!
 
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by subassy;13033579 
Not sure what you mean by "backup based" (it's just a storage pool consistent of a bunch of drives), good luck with Amahi I hope it goes well!

From what I've seen on some of the video reviews the main feature which they advertise is how you can backup computers and stuff.

Thanks man I shall give it ago later tonight
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