I am thinking about setting up a NAS at home. I work in IT so I understand it mostly. Do any of you have some setup? What do you think abou tthe little stand alone units with 1 drive, the raid setups with 2 drives get kinda pricey.
I've tried almost every brand of NAS- they all suck in one way or another.
Either bad connectivity (drops off the network or constantly re-logging in), too loud, too hot, HD failures, or terrible copy speed.
Set up a home server in a closet with lot's of space. Cheaper too since you don't need lots of processor speed. My 2 are a MacMini for music and movies, and an old Dell P4 running Ubuntu Linux for my print and document server. Flawless streaming, small and easy.
I don't know that I really see the point. in doing the os conversion route, why not just share the drive to the network.
I picked up two dell slim towers(gx260 slims) a couple years back with lcd's, kbrd, mouse, etc. for ~125 each. One I am loaning to a friend for his server, the other I use for a file and print server running windows server 2k3. Until I ran updates a week ago it had been up for over a month 8)
I also have all of the networking hardware(cable modem, router, voip) as well as the server set up on two battery backups(freebies). Each system can run independent of power for about 45min to 1 hour.
Yeah they can make them better but they don't. The NasOs' I have seen are pointless in that, you already have an OS that can share on a network. I like Linux b/c it has no overhead speed/memory issues. You can slap it on a low performance machine and it works to the limit of it's network card speed. Memory use is negligible. You only need something like 250MB Ram to clear the Ubuntu Server install. It doesn't run a bunch of useless background junk like windows.
Slightly of topic. At my work(small microbiology lab) I've built a small 20 computer cluster. Every node has single 250GB HDD that would be wasted when used separately(there is only one central node users can log in)... So I found an application called glusterfs, installed it problem free on cluster nodes(Ubuntu server).. and it seems to work now. Haven't tested it heavily yet...But now I have 5000G storage working seamlessly as one HDD from user point of view. Problem is I have only 100mbit interfaces hooked to this computers so it will be rather slow device, but still its capacity is huge to my standards
I'd throw an old machine with windows on there if you're already familiar with windows. A base install of 2k3 or XP (or 2k) uses less than 100mb of ram. With the price of hard drives nowadays, i'd do a RAID1 at the minimum just to protect the data.
since my server is for backup purposes I would have done raid1 if it wasn't for the fact that it would require me to reinstall windows and all that good stuff again. The slim tower i'm running really isn't designed for two hdd's anyway, I had to kinda jerry rig the 2nd hard drive into the 3.5" bay for the floppy.
I was thinking about taking my old desktop thats an amd 1000 mhz processor with 768 ram and jsut slapping 2 500 gig drives in it. I don't know how to setup software raid though. It would be good to just run linux on it instead of XP. I have a little bit of Linux knowledge and can mull my way through it. Problem is would be setting up the thing to function as mirrored. I don't want to loose 500 gig of data due to a drive failure.