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HOME / OFFICE - File Server Required -- Advice or Ideas Please?

RickT Avatar
6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
HOME / OFFICE - File Server Required -- Advice or Ideas ?

Hello all,

Im looking for a File server for our home/office which can be plugged into our exisitng network, i dont require anything extreme and would be looking around 1 / 2TB is storage.which is expandle at a later date if required.

Does anyone have any advice with the best place to start looking..

Im looking at spending as little as possible for this, but it has to be upto the job.

Cheers

Rick
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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[mod]#1
The Home Office :w00t:

They should have a special department for that. ;-) :lol:
#2
Syzable
The Home Office :w00t:

They should have a special department for that. ;-) :lol:


lol... amended that so it reads to our home/ office...
#3
My opinion, get 2 1TB hard drives (sata) and a decent motherboard/process/memory to support sata and then get a cheap and chatty IDE drive (as small as possible.)

Install Ubuntu on the small IDE drive and then attach the two TB drives. Then setup Samba to allow you to share those drives across the network.

Most likely, the most expensive part would be the hard drives.

Gav
#4
gRoberts12
My opinion, get 2 1TB hard drives (sata) and a decent motherboard/process/memory to support sata and then get a cheap and chatty IDE drive (as small as possible.)

Install Ubuntu on the small IDE drive and then attach the two TB drives. Then setup Samba to allow you to share those drives across the network.

Most likely, the most expensive part would be the hard drives.

Gav


Cheers Gav, that is one good option to think about..

I will price up the parts and assess..

One thing i have seen is the following :-

http://www.awd-it.co.uk/scripts/prodview.asp?idproduct=6299

LaCie Big Disk Network 2TB Professional File Server External Ethernet Hard Disk Drive - 301346EK (2015456614)

What do you think to the price of it and spec ?


Cheers

Rick
#5
I have a 500gb nas drive at home and to be honest, it's crap. It has a firmware bottleneck that means it's as slow as downloading your files on a 1mb connection.

If your lucky, you can find a decent motherboard with a gigabyte network card and because it would be running on linux, it'd be rather quick.

I'd say the only downside would be someone would have to get messy. There are plenty of tutorials out there that will help you.

Linux is fantastic for network related things as Windows thinks too much.

Send me a PM/Email if you need any help.

Gav
#6
Some reading material, this gives you step by step instructions (although on an older version of Ubuntu) of how to set it up once you have the hardware.

http://www.howtoforge.com/ubuntu-home-fileserver
#7
gRoberts12
I have a 500gb nas drive at home and to be honest, it's crap. It has a firmware bottleneck that means it's as slow as downloading your files on a 1mb connection.

If your lucky, you can find a decent motherboard with a gigabyte network card and because it would be running on linux, it'd be rather quick.

I'd say the only downside would be someone would have to get messy. There are plenty of tutorials out there that will help you.

Linux is fantastic for network related things as Windows thinks too much.

Send me a PM/Email if you need any help.

Gav



Cheers Gav, I will have a think and be in touch shortly.

In regards to : - http://www.awd-it.co.uk/scripts/prodview.asp?idproduct=6299 -- This has a 1 x Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-TX, would you think this item would be upto the job if i did decide to just buy off the shelf ?

At the moment ideally im needing a solution which is more plug and play rather than building my own as i dont have time or resource currently to do this.

Thanks

Rick
#8
Get yourself a proper NAS, much less hassle to set-up, full support for H/W and S/W and much lower power consumption than anything you could build yourself. Loads of info here: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas and here: http://www.avforums.com/forums/networking-nas/
#9
Get an old working PC and load it up with Freenas /http://www.freenas.org/ and some cheap hard drives.

Don't be put off by the apparent complication. It's fairly simple to set up and expandable.

I've been running a Freenas box for a couple of years now and the latest software versions are very stable. It even has a HTTP server and dynamic DNS client built in so that you can host your own web site.
#10
Krosus
Get an old working PC and load it up with Freenas and some cheap hard drives.

Don't be put off by the apparent complication. It's fairly simple to set up and expandable.

I've been running a Freenas box for a couple of years now and the latest software versions are very stable. It even has a HTTP server and dynamic DNS client built in so that you can host your own web site.


That may be, but it's also the size of a PC, uses as much energy as a PC and gives off as much heat and noise as a PC. An off the shelf NAS will have all the features you listed and more, plus using FreeNAS requires a working knowledge of FreeBSD or other UNIX like systems if you come across any issues or want to set up anything non standard.

Why's all that important you may ask, a good off the shelf dual bay NAS (e.g. Synology, QNAP, ReadyNAS etc.) will:
* be smaller. A smaller size = a higher wife/girlfriend acceptance factor;
* draw 30W-ish on full load, iirc Toms Hardware did a test on Core2Duo systems a while back which averaged out at 120W, they more recently tested i7 based systems which idle at over 100w, bearing in mind modern CPU's are a lot more energy efficient than older ones (particularly P4's) that's a big chunk electricity for an always on file server;
* have a smaller thermal footprint due to using low power components, hence will require less cooling and therefore make less noise;
* come complete with software that has more features than most users will ever need and is supported directly by the manufacturer, e.g. http://www.synology.com/enu/products/features/index.php. So you wont have to spend all your valuable time fiddling with configurations.
* are guaranteed to work, so long as you stick to the manufacturers compatible HDD lists.

I've looked into this a lot myself and the only advantages I could see for using a PC are: initial setup costs are lower for equivalent performance (although the difference in power usage will soon negate that) and that it gives you something to tinker with if you are that way inclined and have the time.
#11
[FONT=Verdana]If your running this for [COLOR=Navy]business purposes[/COLOR], then you might want to consider this solution which is presently advertised on HotUKDeals - I'm only putting it out there if your not comfortable putting together the hardware and the software side of it.

HP EX490 MediaSmart Server - £305.10 inc Delivery (and M&S Hamper) @ HP Store - HotUKDeals Forum
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/549491/hp-ex490-mediasmart-server-305-10-i

There's also a number of deals on the go, via HotUKDeals, for NAS solutions - if you need the details please let me know and I'll see if I can post in the links, as they will be cheaper but again this is dependent upon your budget & whether it's for business.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
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