Things to keep in mind:
- Need this on a UPS - preferably one which can shut down (and power back
up) the NAS unit
- Many NAS devices are sold diskless and you need to get the drives
- Will want this wired to the main switch
- Ideally want some or all of the data to be encrypted on the drive
- Idaally want background trickle update syncing with a NAS at another location
Some RAID sizes:
- RAID 1 of 2x 1TB = 1TB
- RAID 5 of 3x 750GB = 1.5TB
- RAID 5 of 3x 1TB = 2TB
$150 Buffalo 1TB LSCH10TL Nov 2010
w/ free ship to store at walmart.com
$120 Seagate Barracuda ST315005N4A1AS-RK 1.5TB
5900RPM SATA-300 32MB cache at walmart.com Nov 2010
w/ free ship to store
- Discontinued but unofficially supported and can still buy new?
- 1 to 4 IDE drives up to 500 GB each
- $159 diskless Oct 2010
Synology Disk Station DS210j
- $199 Oct 2010
- RAID 1, iTunes server, Linux/MAC/Win support, limited USB printer support,
IP camera support, much more!
Hitachi Duo Pro 4TB External Hard Drive
- $270 on w00t early Oct 2010
- Intro-ed by Hitachi for ~$400
Buffalo Linkstation Pro LS-XH
- $215 at B&H July 2009
- iTunes server
- print server
Thecus N3200 Pro
- Pro $350 online July 2009
- non-Pro ~$330 July 2009 - with no drives
- RAID5 of up to 3x 1TB SATA drives with good speeds!
- iTunes and print server (Bittorrent too)
- Q: What is the total cost after UPS and four (one spare) large drives too?
A: $750 = $350 NAS+ 4 x $80 1TB SATA drives* + $80 UPS = a 2TB RAID 5 NAS
- * = Seagate Barracuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 5900 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"