Buffalo LinkStation 441D 4-Bay Enclosure was £137.99 now £79.19 @ broadbandbuyer
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Buffalo LinkStation 441D 4-Bay Enclosure was £137.99 now £79.19 @ broadbandbuyer

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Found 13th Aug 2015
Huge saving on a 4 bay NAS, pretty much half price but not many in stock. Lowest price I could find online so hopefully useful to someone looking for a NAS.

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I'd probably go for an hp miniserver or the cheap lenovo server over a nas just for the fact they can do so much more BUT this is a cracking deal for a nas

amazing that with this and 4 x 8TB drives you can now have 32TB (unformatted) of data storage on a NAS box....

Do agree with above post though...if you can get a HP Microserver (which is about the same price if you can get one of the cashback deals) then you have a much more competent machine. But it is much more involved, you need to buy an OS too..

Bang for buck, and to serve files to computers and media play3ers this is a great little box....

Id definitely have look at something like this back in the day when I was starting off.

Ive moved in a bit now though with a 24 bay sever case and 100TB of unformatted storage (23x4TB and 1 x 8TB) . Should keep me going for a while as I still have 29TB of space left on it now

jouster

amazing that with this and 4 x 8TB drives you can now have 32TB … amazing that with this and 4 x 8TB drives you can now have 32TB (unformatted) of data storage on a NAS box....Do agree with above post though...if you can get a HP Microserver (which is about the same price if you can get one of the cashback deals) then you have a much more competent machine. But it is much more involved, you need to buy an OS too.. Bang for buck, and to serve files to computers and media play3ers this is a great little box....Id definitely have look at something like this back in the day when I was starting off.Ive moved in a bit now though with a 24 bay sever case and 100TB of unformatted storage (23x4TB and 1 x 8TB) . Should keep me going for a while as I still have 29TB of space left on it now



​what case do you have? I've a 10 bay case with 32tb but am looking bigger

jouster

amazing that with this and 4 x 8TB drives you can now have 32TB … amazing that with this and 4 x 8TB drives you can now have 32TB (unformatted) of data storage on a NAS box....Do agree with above post though...if you can get a HP Microserver (which is about the same price if you can get one of the cashback deals) then you have a much more competent machine. But it is much more involved, you need to buy an OS too.. Bang for buck, and to serve files to computers and media play3ers this is a great little box....Id definitely have look at something like this back in the day when I was starting off.Ive moved in a bit now though with a 24 bay sever case and 100TB of unformatted storage (23x4TB and 1 x 8TB) . Should keep me going for a while as I still have 29TB of space left on it now



What's your electricity bill like, must cost a fortune to spin those up, it's obvious from my meter readings, when I've left my server with 8 disks switched on.

Also, what on Earth do you store on that? I've got all my digital photos, DVDs, blurays and MP3s on my system and I can't see me needing even half that any time soon.

Also, be warned cheap NAS boxes may not support the very largest disks, for that matter quite a lot of servers don't either.

mike
Edited by: "mjbuckhurst" 13th Aug 2015

My server comes on on demand, its only for video media and system backups, so its only really on in the evening when myself and wife are watching movies and TV stuff. I have a separate NAS (Synology) which handles all music distribution to Sonos all round the house, this also handles all of the security camera recording as well and also handles photos backups from the main server.

So electricity is not really an issue...to be honest we also have a roof full of solar panels so even if it were left running during the day it wouldn't use anything at all in the summer months.

You are indeed correct about some NAS boxes not taking the largest drives out there...but I know some of them are working towards this.

My machine and in particular the SAS/SATA card I use in my machine handled 8TB discs with no need to upgrade the firmware at all. My previous Micobrservers easily handled 4TB drives with no need for any updates again...they weren't hot swappable but who needs that anyway really. Mine is but I never swap out discs.

I have a rather large collection of Blue rays and DVDs none of which are compressed, when you think that the average BR disc rips to a 20-25 GB MKV it soon starts to add up.

Crill

​what case do you have? I've a 10 bay case with 32tb but am looking bigger



My case is basically this but i didn't pay anywhere near that

On top of this you also need a pretty hardcore Sata card..my card handles 24 drives on its own and doesn't rely on the motherboard ports at all. A lot of the more reasonably priced multi data card are only 8 ports and run at £90-100 quid...but if you can load three cards in then you are golden.

The card I'm running is one of these, I did in fact have to source mine from the US as very few places do sell them here and the ones that do charge the earth for a new one, but i guess that makes sense as it is more of an enterprise piece of kit.

The rests just quiet fans, a decent CPU and a medium spec motherboard....oh and 8GB of ram...does a sterling job and all seems such a long way from the HP WHS box I started off with back in 2001

a 4 bay nas for £80 ? IS this nas pretty rubbish ? How does it compare to synology or qnap units ? ebuyer had the qnap 231 2 bay for 119, is this better (disregarding 4v2bays ) ?

I need a new NAS as mine is a bit old now but I am going to take the advice further up and use the HP Microserver I already have (and hardly used) as my next NAS.

You dont need an OS as mentioned before to use a a HP Server as a NAS as there is a very good one for free called FreeNAS. Which can baciaclly boot and run off a USB stick.

Jouster

My server comes on on demand, its only for video media and system backups,

What software do you use for that? I thought power consumption was greater doing power rather than letting disks run idle? Or does it depend on number of disks and machine power?
Thanks

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i have a synology...if i buy a microserver can i also have teamspeak on it ......or use as a gameserver ?
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