Is there a way to create a cheap NAS?

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  1. Bunford

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    I currently have a number of external drives and am about to buy another one after one recently failed. However, I'm wondering if there is a way to build a cheap NAS at all? The ideal scenario would be to buy an old, crappy tower with something like 10 HDD slots that I can put all the hard drives in and then somehow connect that tower to my main machine? Is that possible? Anyone got any guides on instructions on howto achieve something like this?
     
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    Is that possible? Yes. Just make another pc. with no monitor. Share it on your LAN. Use a software like voidtools Everything for insanely fast search. Enjoy
     
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    Cheers for the starting point! Does the second tower need to be decent spec at all, or can it be low spec as it's essentially just file storage?
     
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    No. Anything made last decade would work. More ram is better for giant file copy pastes. Thats it. Use Teracopy for reliable fast speeds.
     
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    freeNas OS, question is if use some sort of RAID or two separate machines (computers) mirrored 1:1 for maximum backup :)
     
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    Watch this, thank me later. :winker: I always enjoy this build..:chilling:

     
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    Blue is my new favorite color...nice build.
     
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    Get a tera master 4 bay pretty cheap these days. It was on sale about a moth ago for 199.99. No hard drives included.
    If you want a little cheaper get a buffalo 2 bay link station and set it up as a mirror raid.
    Both are really good.
     
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    I think that we need more pornstars to explain some technical stuffs.
     
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    Totally with you, got this at home and even put one at work

    https://www.nas4free.org/

    It’s BSD based, rock solid.
     
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    Purpose is everything.
    If redundancy is not important then RAID is completely unnecessary.

    If data access is the only concern, you can buy a cheap ex-lease computer and stack HDD's inside it purely as a file server and share on your local broadband network. That is the simplest and cheapest option without having to install anything other than putting the HDD's in the box.
    All the above options are good, but you did mention "cheap", unless of course you still haven't bought the HDD's.
    If you have not bought the HDD's, then there is no cheap and the above ideas are better.
     
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    To obtain a cheap Nas, one must acquire a cheap Premiere. The problem lies in the complexity of Premieres.

    Most premieres have an abudence of layers and great depths. Only a small sample field known to be functioning still at a high level.

    Once aquired, one also must be wary of having chains that can excite the feds. Location is also the last key factor. Most common mistakes are in apples, but true location is in a bigger apple. Mapped across 5 sections.

    This leads to the question: How are we gonna ever get up? If all we do is get down.

    Anyways, with these tips, i believe you might be able to create a cheap NAS.

    Good luck!
     
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    Exactly, or Debian minimal server if you know how to set it up. FreeNAS is easier to set up. Then you need a fast network card, and a cheap [but reliable] computer with not much RAM, actually, but enough SATA ports to accommodate all your HDs, but that many of them will need some quality "juice". I'd use a quality power supply with not many Watts, 350-450W will do, but quality Watts like Seasonic, Corsair, Enermax, EVGA PSUs. Onboard VGA doesn't draw much power, nor are HDs. I'd go with chepest Intel i3 with an onboard VGA, or even better an AMD A4 or A8 as they are incredibly cheap. What's harder to find is a good quality, but cheap motherboard with 8 SATA ports. There are some micro-ATX ones that would fill the bill nicely, but I cannot remember the model at the moment. Sorry. :sad: Look for the ones with all solid capacitors, of course. It's getting harder to find ones that don't have those these days, but the ones that do should be avoided as solid capacitors last much longer and are more reliable.

    If you're using more computers, you will need a network switch, or install more network cards into the NAS.

    If you can't find a motherboard with that many SATA ports, you will have to use a couple of PCIe SATA cards.

    Cheers!
     
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    The goose has nisted, repeat, the goose has nisted.
     
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    worth noting is,
    you can save LOTS of money and time in the long run if you just buy some decent (Synology) NAS,
    although I consider myself advanced IT specialist, I decided to get Synology DS918+ some time ago, because everything just works out of the box, I can honestly say its price justifies its purpose,
    despite my experience, the time I would invest in setting up freeNAS and all the things could be used elsewhere
     
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