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Nov 18, 2008
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NAS recommendation?

Looking to either buy or build a NAS drive with minimum two harddrives in RAID. Been looking at the synology two bay NAS for about $250, seen good reviews about it. Or I can build one from parts... I don't think I can put something together for $250 though. Any suggestions?
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May 20, 2010
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I bought a Synology DS211j many years ago. After some times, my needs increased. After some research, I found that I can build a Syno system from my own.

Check if XPEnoly can works on your actual hardware. You can run it in a VM too. http://xpenology.com/forum/
(A little bit more complicated to update than a real syno, but it could do the job).

For my part, I bought a HP N54L microserver with 5 3TB in a raid 5 that cost me around 1000$.

My old DS211j is now my backup machine. (8TB (2x4))
Penalty Box
Nov 23, 2012
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Go to newegg and search for NAS. $100 and up. go from there.
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Aug 22, 2006
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Gee wrote: You can build a better system for $250

Use an old Core2Duo and you're set
While technically true, power is probably going to kill you fairly quickly due to the age of the components.
DIY on the low end of slots isn't a matter of doing it cheaper, it's a matter doing it better.
Only when you start scaling up (usually beyond 8) does DIY become cheaper.
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Aug 2, 2004
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I never understood the power arguments. Power is cheap. Assuming 0.15 cents per kilowatt hour and if your system requires 200 watts at full load, that's 0.70 cents a day

Your system will never be at full load 24 hours a day. You would be lucky if it hits full load for an hour a day and power cost is cheaper off peak

If the cost is really a concern, skip your Tim Hortons coffee every day. You'll make money

If you're constrained by budget. Use an Atom ITX board it only consumes 55 watts at full load with 2 drives spinning
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Aug 28, 2010
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I did a 8 bay- octa core atom with 32gb of ECC ram for < $1000. Only filled half my slots and should be good for afew years. Couldnt find a synology or qnap to match performance for the money.
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Aug 22, 2006
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Gee wrote: I never understood the power arguments. Power is cheap.
No it's not. It's about a buck a watt a year.
My file servers cost over a grand a year to operate.
Granted... there's 4 of them but still.

C2D at 65W CPU and let's say 50W for the rest of the system costs you $115/year to operate.
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Aug 4, 2006
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death_hawk wrote: No it's not. It's about a buck a watt a year.
My file servers cost over a grand a year to operate.
Granted... there's 4 of them but still.

C2D at 65W CPU and let's say 50W for the rest of the system costs you $115/year to operate.
What do you use 4 servers for in personal use?
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Nov 24, 2004
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I went the Synology route for my NAS. It's undoubtedly easier to get more power / functionality for the $ when you build your own, but there is an advantage to the low power consumption and small form factor of the Synology. I have a DS213 and it just sits on a bookshelf in my living room -- very unobtrusive.
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